Mother Goose is Much More than Silly Rhymes

Mother Goose is Much More than Silly Rhymes

Feb 11, 2013

“The nursery rhyme is essentially poetical because it is essentially musical.” - Emile Leon Cammaerts (1878-1953), Belgian poet, biographer and professor Nursery rhymes, whether spoken or paired with tunes, are indeed musical and rhythmic.  They also tend to be short and, thus, easily repeated.  And, of course, they lend themselves naturally to be...

A Froggy Kiss is such a Special Thing

A Froggy Kiss is such a Special Thing

Jan 20, 2013

Froggy Kiss, Froggy Kiss is such a special thing, For when you kiss a froggy’s nose, (s)he begins to sing ! Ribbit, Ribbit, Croak There are many wonderful things that can happen in these few words when a parent and child face each other, looking into each others eyes, chant the rhyme with a loving voice, and take turns placing a kiss on the other...

Listening to the Creaking and Cackling of Fall

Listening to the Creaking and Cackling of Fall

Oct 29, 2012

Ooooh, the cool weather arrived in Florida… finally.  The wind is blowing through the trees and rustling the leaves.  And the sounds of many mysterious characters fill the air this week.  What a wonderful season for active listening, and mimicking the sounds we hear. There are several articles on this website focused on active listening, a description...

Scaffolding Allows Child to Drive the Learning

Scaffolding Allows Child to Drive the Learning

Sep 17, 2012

Little feet, followed by their partner’s bigger feet, patter into a room where there are many interesting items set within their reach… a box of child friendly percussion instruments in the middle of the Kindermusik room awaits them.  There are a variety of shakers made of plastic, wood, and metal tambourines.  There are instruments with ridges to...

Vestibular Needs are Different for Each Child

Vestibular Needs are Different for Each Child

Jul 18, 2012

My heart dropped as I saw my son’s face change from happiness to pure fear as he began his first swing on a life size swing set.  He loved his little baby swing indoors, and I was excited to let him experience the real swing.  As he swung back, his face was curious, as he swung forward, it was immediately overwhelming to him.  He didn’t start to cry…...

BE the Bee, or the Bird

BE the Bee, or the Bird

Jun 24, 2012

It was a delight to watch a classroom full of little buzzy bees swarming in a colorful beehive of scarves, then flying out to gather nectar from all the flowers, then darting back into the beehive, all in coordination with the classical music they are listening to.  This is not as part of a dance with specific steps, but rather exploring free expressive and...