Walk the (curvy, straight, wiggly, wacky) line

In order to develop balance and stability, babies age 1-2 should practice walking in different directions and in different patterns. Non-walkers begin to develop the sense of balance by experiencing varied movements in a grown up’s arms. For your crawler or lap baby, put on a piece of music you love. Hold your baby in […]

It’s time to have a ball!

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Indoor or out, as part of a raucous romp or a well-controlled environment, ball play can be a great developmental exercise for kids as they develop balance, posture control, stability, core muscle strength, and spatial judgment. Not to mention, it's pratically impossible not to smile and have fun when playing with a ball! Have your […]

Thoughts on music, part 5 (“the best gift you can give anyone is presence”)

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Kindermusik 30-year veteran and guru Carol Penney shares some thoughts on music in a five-day, five part series. Isn’t it amazing how fast these children in Kindergarten and First Grade are learning, gaining new skills and loving all they can do on their own? It’s easy (and frequently, a relief) to let them do just […]

Thoughts on music, part 4 (“capture their world of energy”)

Kindermusik 30-year veteran and guru Carol Penney shares some thoughts on music in a five-day, five part series. Check back with Minds on Music each day for the next post! Ahhh! Life with a preschooler. New skills, new questions, new activities, new friends. It can be downright exhausting! But you learn to embrace the emotional […]

Thoughts on music, part 3 (“the foundation upon which music skills are built”)

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Kindermusik 30-year veteran and guru Carol Penney shares some thoughts on music in a five-day, five part series. Check back with Minds on Music each day for the next post! When my boys were toddlers, I perfected the art of clenching my teeth as I encountered strong will, defiance, and creative problem solving that usually […]