Don’t, Shouldn’t, Can’t, Wouldn’t

Posted November 17, 2009 I heard something from a conference speaker that I believe EVERY parent and teacher and child care worker and family member should know. I’ve been searching for months for the source, because it has changed my way of speaking to the young children I work with (and the preschooler in my […]

Family Fun Time! Perfect Play Dough

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Posted November 13, 2009 During the first three years of life, a primary developmental objective is for a young child to learn to make things happen. This includes discovering qualities of objects, how things work, how to use objects as tools, how to plan, and how to make a plan work. Playing with things like […]

Music education and “a Kindermusik child”

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Posted November 11, 2009 Over the thirteen years I have been attending Kindermusik classes, I have come to be able to spot a Kindermusik child a mile a way. A Kindermusik child: is curious smiles a lot, even when alone is confident in his or her own voice enjoys hearing other children sing and play […]

Music is the Language of Learning

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Posted November 9, 2009 For many years, I've been looking for the words to describe why music is such an important presence in a child's early development. There's the brain research, yes. Compelling and interesting, however it's kind of gross to talk about a child's mind in terms of neural networks and neuron firing. There's […]

What is success?

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Posted November 5, 2009 To laugh often and much;  To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;  To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;  To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;  To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy […]