One of our favorite family activities is going blueberry picking. We discovered the many u-pick farms around our area last summer and were immediately hooked. We pick strawberries in June and blueberries in July and August here. Our favorite farm is a local one called Mountainview Blueberry Farm. We each grab a bucket, throw the… Read More One in the bucket, One in my mouth
I’ve never been a fan of germs. I tend to wash my hands often and am a bit of a germophobe. However I have always enjoyed the outdoors and actually love gardening. Digging in the dirt with my hands. I’m not a fan of the bugs I come across in the dirt, but the… Read More Getting the Kids Outdoors and Dirty
One of the phrases I hear the most from my toddler these days is, “Sounds like music!” He is very attuned to the sounds around him and now he is noticing how sounds organized in a specific way make music. At two and a half he is often saying, “Shhh, hear that!” when he… Read More Sounds like music!
In my previous posts “How I Use Music With My Son” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 and my more recent posts “Music with Babies and Toddlers” Part 1 and Part 2, I shared how I have used music with my son during the first 2 years of his life. In today’s… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 3 – Songwriting for Daily Use
While at story time with my son we were introduced to a few fabulous children’s books that you can sing along to! The librarian showed us Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera which happens to be one of my son’s favorite songs, the one he sings the most. The illustrations were colorful… Read More Fabulous Sing-Along Children’s Books
Being a mother is a precious gift. Whether you have a biological child, an adopted child, a fostered child, or you spend quality time with someone who needs a mothering touch, motherhood is a blessing. While it may be tough at times, there is no greater gift than the bond between mother and child… Read More Celebrating Mothers: Happy Mother’s Day
Technology. The rate at which the human race can access information is getting faster everyday, thanks to many human’s brains that are wired to think up very unique and complicated processes to make so many things accessible to us. On a “smart device” just by using a finger, or even voice recognition systems, the world… Read More TECHNOLOGY: IS it enhancing growth and development?
Parents are continually discovering new ways to interact effectively with their children. They go through the ups and downs of realizing that not all of the things they heard from friends or read in books works for their child. They continually have to adapt how to communicate with their kids based on age and circumstances. … Read More Autism and Family Connection: Increasing the Parent-Child Bond with Music Therapy
Today I’d like to feature another favorite resource of mine: Singable Stories! These are great for parents and kids to do together. While you are sitting down together to read books, why not have some that you can sing too? Benefits of singing books: Bonding with your child Encouraging language development Encouraging music development Tapping… Read More Singable Stories
MUSIC THERAPY IN THE NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants who are born early During my time at Florida State University I had the opportunity to learn and train for the NICU Music Therapist credential. I was able to see how we use music therapy in the NICU for the tiniest, most vulnerable babies.… Read More How Can Music Help My Preemie?
Kids love to dance, and they love dancing with grownups even more! This is a great way to spend a few minutes bonding with your kids, and they’ll love it! You may even find you’ll love it too! Let loose and enjoy as your body relaxes and gives into the rhythm of the music.… Read More Grab a scarf and dance!