It's that time of year again! King Richard's Faire is right around the corner! And luckily for Cape Cod Mommies, they have decided to give our hardworking moms a break on admission! Moms who participate in our Discount Club will receive $4 off the ticket price of $27! As an added bonus, we have decided to give away 4 pairs of opening weekend tickets!
Opening weekends starting September 1st through October 21st, 2012, as well as both Labor Day and Columbus Day! Gates open at 10:30am and close at 6:00pm. Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the enchanting 80-acre site of King Richard’s Faire. Hundreds of talented entertainers perform non-stop throughout the day. Visit any of our eight vibrant stages and be enthralled by acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and exotic tigers. Witness the rare liger, beautiful white lion and cute tiger cubs.
Children love making music. Sounds are such an exciting way to interact with the world around them. Music Together® classes do a wonderful job of encouraging each child to participate in their own way, allowing them to respond to the long and short rhythms of various songs while being surrounded by smiles and laughter.
Over the past six weeks there has been a noticeable difference in my son’s interest and response to music. A large part of that has been due to my own involvement, making an effort to incorporate what I have learned in music classes at home. Weekly classes have given me an opportunity to fully focus on my son and our one-on-one time has been a special connection, especially when the days and weeks are full of abundant distractions. I have had so much fun incorporating music into playtime.
Putting movements to songs and embracing my silly side initially took some effort as I got comfortable with some unfamiliar songs. Observing in class how all of the children have become more focused and engaged has made getting in better touch with this childlike part of me worthwhile.
Music is also a wonderful way to encourage the development of both gross and fine motor skills through finger plays, dancing, and playing percussion instruments. Using the mallet of his drum, my son has worked on his problem-solving skills to identify that hollow objects make better sounds. He also discovered that while our cat makes some highly entertaining noises, she most definitely does not want to be a part of his percussion party. My son now responds to the songs he recognizes and gamely attempts to copy my arm movements for any songs that have gestures. Yesterday I even caught him humming to himself while he played with some toys. There was no music on and I can assure you that while his little tune may not have sounded like much, I struggled to keep my composure. A small moment, but one I will treasure forever.
Music Together® is a parent-child music class of mixed ages from birth to age five. Classes focus on interactive play where both the caregiver and child share songs, play instruments, and participate in rhythm chants and movement
activities. Classes of mixed ages foster family-style learning where the younger children watch and imitate the older ones, and the older children learn by leading the younger ones. Meryl's Music and Arts Centers offer a variety of classes for children (from birth to age seven) at studios in Harwich, S. Yarmouth, Bourne, Eastham, and Sandwich. Please visit merylsmusicandarts.com for more information.
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Meryl's Music & Arts. All thoughts are the blogger's own.
Cape Cod Mommies wants to thank our blogging mom Emily for her fantastic blogs and participation with her son in this series! To celebrate how important music is for our children's lives and in our own lives, Meryl has graciously donated a basket of instruments as a giveaway!
One lucky Cape Cod Mom will receive a basket containing: 1 pair castanets, 1 toggle toy, 1 pair rhythm sticks, 1 pair shaker eggs, 1 triangle, 1 pair chiquitas, 1 wrist bell, 1 rhino shaker, 1 Music Together Family Favorites CD.
BECAUSE "MOM" IS OFTEN A VERB!
"Ready! Set! Mom!" Expo Coming SThis Week to the HYCC
The upcoming fall season means "back to school" and busy days for parents with children. As such, Cape Cod Broadcasting’s 99.9 WQRC and Cape Country 104 are stepping up to help Cape Cod Moms get their kids ready to return to the classroom, and make the most of their "me time" by holding their first annual "Ready! Set! Mom!" Expo, Wednesday August 22, 2012 from 3p-7p at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.
Focusing on three specific areas of assistance for Mom, 99.9 WQRC and Cape Country 104 will arm her with all the information she needs for the school year ahead; including:
Back to School: Apparel, Technology, School Supplies, Gear and Sporting Equipment and gear.
Family Health & Wellness: Healthy Eating, Nutritious Lunches, Immunization, Fitness and Recreational Pursuits.
Just for Mom: All the tools, tips and techniques to keep you, the multi-tasking Mom, going plus some pampering and relaxation to boot.
Admission is free, and attendees will find many local businesses, major retailers and national brands presenting their products and services to educate, inform and assist Moms in their roles as parents. Please bring schools supplies to help us with out backpack drive for
What: The Cape Cod Broadcasting "Ready! Set! Mom!" Expo
When: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hyannis Youth & Community Center ~ 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA 02601 EXPO to be held in the Gymnasium and Shepley Rooms
If you’d like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview, please call Erin Madden at 508-771-1224 ext. 131. Or email to ErinMadden@CapeCodBroadcasting.com
I recently had the opportunity to check out and review a fabulous business called: A2Z BOWtique. Cape Cod Mom Kelly Eckstein is the owner and creative genius behind this adorable boutique consisting of fun printed dresses and complimentary hair accessories for girls! Even if you don't have a little girl, these dresses and bows make great presents for nieces, grandchildren, or friends! (Read on to find out how to win a fab custom made dress!)
Kelly is a stay at home mom to a beautiful little girl named Zoe. and teaches dance at Turning Pointe Dance Studio, located in Falmouth, in the evenings. Kelly has always had a passion for crafting. As inspiration from her little girl, she has found a new crafting skill: sewing and making hair bows. She took the next step and recently created A2ZBOWtique through etsy.com. She can also be found on Pinterest and Facebook! (see below for how to follow her).
I really love how Kelly pays close attention to detail as she pairs colors and patterns together to create the perfect ensemble! In the purple dress above, note how she has paired the pink bow with hints of the same purple within it, perfectly offsetting and completing the whole look!
We chatted with Kelly about her new venture:
When did you first start crafting? I just started sewing as of 2012...but I have been crafting for about 8 years.
What types of color combos and prints are your faves? I love bright colors!!
What is your inspiration and why dresses? My daughter Zoe is my inspiration and she loves being mommy's little model! Dresses are easy to make and I love putting on the finishing touch with a matching bow.
How do you incorporate this into daily Mommy life? I love to dress my little girl up and she loves to play dress up so it is a really special time together.
It's that time of year again! The famous Cotuit Craftfest is this weekend!!! I am so excited I can't stand it!!! Anyone who knows me knows why this is my favorite Crafty weekend of all......... the TOYMAN will be there!!!! I save my change all year long just for this specific weekend (Read on to find out mroe about this local legend!)
Beginning in 1970, and now celebrating their 42nd year, the Cotuit Arts and Crafts Festival will feature more than 125 outstanding artisans and craftsmen. They will gather this weekend from 104pm on both days, to offer their latest creations to those who venture to the quaint, seaside village of Cotuit knowing they will view some of the finest traditional and contemporary crafts of the entire region. Not only will there be amazing crafts, but local music will pepper the soundscape for both days! Food will be offered by the local church, kids activities will take place under the kid tent with the playground on site to entertain the famly.
Below are my TOP Exhibitors who are a MUST to visit and why.....
1.) Lester Ruth The Toymaker (Booth 51) = He is the real deal folks! If you haven't read my previous tribute to this amazing craftr then read it now Tribute of Toymaker Lester Ruth This man is no joke, a modern day Santa if you will. American made wooden toys for children and adults! You can't go wrong with any purchase made here. He stands by his products 100% lifetime guarantee! And the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE his toys!!! These are toys that can be heirlooms and handed down! I cannot say enough great things about this legend, he is just AMAZING!!!!
2.) Mattapoisett Bird Works (Booth 72) = Michael McCarthy hand carves/whittles every single one of these birds. They are absolutely exquisitely done and his attention to detail is superior! I enjoy visiting his booth every year and watch in awe as he carves right in front of spectators and shoppers. I am most excited to bring Ethan to this booth because I know how excited birds make him. Plus I know how he is fascinated in watching creation processes.
3.) Lori Devlin Author of Cape Cod Critters (Booth 84) = Lori will be there signing her book Cape Cod Critters, a fabulous book for kids about the unique wildlife inhabitants of Cape Cod. A fun and playful read, kids love this book!!!
4.) Sweet Baby Georgia (Booth 85) = And when your done getting your book signed, pop in next door to see Abigail, owner of Sweet Baby Georgia who creates adorable handmade hair accessories for babies and girls. She is a fellow Cape Cod Mommy as well and I always enjoy supporting our local moms!!!!
5.) Summer House Natural Soaps (Booth 104) = Natural soaps and body care products, all handcrafted in their workshop in Barnstable Village. I am a huge fan of soaps especially naturally made ones. I love checking out this eco friendly businesses' products and sampling the fragrances! With soaps for even the most sensitive to soaps for furry friends, they cover it all. My personal faves from here are: Bath sea salts, the oatmeal milk bath for sensitive skin (works for babies/adults with excema), and the lip balm - the cranberry oil, cocoa butter and other ingredients will definitely help sooth dry lips this season!
These are just some of my favorites to see this yea. There are over a 100 more crafters who will be there this weekend though! Will you be attending this year? Who are you MOST excited to see?
The overwhelming majority of parents co-sleep with their children at some point. Kim West, author of Good Night Sleep Tight, divides them into three categories: committed co-sleepers, short-term co-sleepers, and reactive or “we didn’t plan it this way!” co-sleepers.
Committed co-sleepers believe in the family bed philosophy and bed-share for years. Many parents opt for short-term co-sleeping during the newborn stage, while others end up doing it reactively (i.e. when it’s 3am and they are too tired to take on another waking). Regardless of the reason or rationale, it is essential that parents take precautions to ensure that their little one is safe.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The American Academy of Pediatrics have formally recommended against co-sleeping with a child under two years of age because of the risk of death or injury. First Candle, an organization dedicated to reducing sudden infant deaths, cites research that suggests that 80% of sudden infant deaths occur when the baby is sleeping with a parent or other adult.
However, as Dr. Harvey Karp states in Happiest Baby on the Block, “The vast number of infant deaths in bed are preventable by taking a few reasonable precautions. For example, 80% of the deaths noted by the CPSC could have been avoided by filling the spaces around the bed to keep babies from getting wedged in and by never sleeping on waterbeds. Most of the remaining 20% of deaths could have been prevented by using a co-sleeper attachment.”
A co-sleeper, such as Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinet, is a great option. It allows parents to sleep alongside their baby, easily bringing them into bed for feedings, without worrying about their baby rolling off the bed or getting accidentally smothered.
What follows is a list of safety tips from various sources, including First Candle, Dr. Harvey Karp, Kim West, and SafeBedSharing.org.
- Your baby should sleep on a firm surface, covered by a well-fitted sheet that can’t be easily pulled off.
- Avoid pillows, toys, or loose bedding (including quilts, sheepskins, blankets, mattress pads, etc.)that could smother your baby.
- Never leave an infant or toddler unattended on an adult bed.
- Never let your baby sleep on a waterbed, sofa, or another soft, flexible surface.
- Eliminate spaces between the mattress and the wall or nearby furniture, or the mattress and the structure of the bed (headboard, footboard, side rails and frame), where your baby’s head might get trapped.
- Let your young baby sleep only on his back.
- Never let another sibling sleep next to your baby. Children sleep deeply and may roll over onto the baby.
- Never sleep next to your baby if you are intoxicated or have been using drugs, are taking medications, are overly tired or in any other way feel that your ability to be aroused could be affected.
- Do not sleep with your baby if you are very obese.
- Do not let your baby overheat during sleep.
- Do not smoke around your baby or allow anyone else to do so. Smoking exposure may increase the risk of SIDS.
- Tie back very long hair in a pony tail or braid it. Long hair could cause suffocation or strangulation.
There’s a lot of contradictory information floating around and recommendations are always changing, so it is best to regularly re-visit safety issues with your pediatrician.
For more information, here are some helpful starting points:
www.healthy children.org www.firstcandle.org www.safebedsharing.org
*Information for this post came from First Candle, Good Night Sleep Tight by Kim West, The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp, and SafeBedSharing.org.
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1. ) What diet additions or changes do you recommend for underweight children?
First of all it is difficult to make suggestions or changes without really knowing what your child is consuming and/or his activity level however there are a few things that are pretty much universal for everyone who is trying to gain weight.
First, create a daily diary containing the time, the food consumed and the amount. Do this for about a week and evaluate the amount of carbs, fats, proteins and calories being consumed as well as the amount of time that elapses between meals and/or snacks. Along with the food diary, start an exercise journal containing the type of activity, the duration, intensity and the amount of calories expended. Compare the amount of calories expended to the calories consumed and chart the differences. If your child is consuming less calories then he/she is expended then I would start there and begin a diet of caloric dense foods and other words, foods that are rich in calories such as peanut butter, grains, nuts and some fats such as olive oil dip for veggies (olive oil and seasonings with a little balsamic vinegar and lemon to taste)..if however your child is consuming equal or more calories than being expended than I would focus on the meals you are preparing, trying to increase the total intake of calories to about 500 more calories per day. You can do that again by following the same tips I gave you previously and/or increasing the frequency of your child's meals or snacks. You also could include smoothies to your child's diet supplementing their intake of fluids with smoothies enables you to increase calorie consumption without dramatically changing anything else..while making smoothies think yogurt, juice, milk and all the fresh fruit you can find...
2.) Do you have a healthy recipe for veggie dip?
Salmon Dip for Vegetables:
1 can (7 3/4 oz.) salmon drained and flaked
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tbsp. chopped green onion (scallion)
1 tbsp. chopped parsely
Grated peel and juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
Makes about 1/4 cups dip.
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill. Serve as a dip with assorted raw vegetables such as cauliflowerets, sweet green pepper sticks, carrot sticks, broccoli flowerettes, etc.
Creamy Crab Dip with Vegetables and Chips:
Drain and slice a 7 1/2 ounce can of crab or a 6 oz package of frozen crab. Combine the crab with a 3 oz package of softened cream cheese, 1 cup dairy sour creame, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of finely chopped green onion, 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, dash of garlic salt, and 1/2 tsp of dill weed. Chill to blend flavors.
2 cup Dannon plain lowfat yogurt
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
1/3 cup minced fresh onion
1 env. (0.9 oz.) Lipton vegetable recipe soup mix
Assorted raw vegetables for dipping
In a medium bowl comine all ingredients (expect raw veggies for dipping). Cover and regridgerate until ready to serve. Serve as a dip for raw vegetables. Makes approximately 3 cups.
3.) What are some healthy diary free suggestions?
A dairy-free diet contains no milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, whey, casein, or foods that contain any of these ingredients. To avoid milk and milk products ask about ingredients at restaurants and other's homes, read food labels and become familiar with the technical or scientific terms for milk. The following list is not complete. Consult with a healthcare professional if you are planning to omit milk from your diet or your child's diet. Many Americans recieve the majority of their calcium intake from dairy products. Therefore, when switching to a dairy-free diet, taking calcium supplements is often advisable....
Baked foods such as pancakes, biscuits, muffins, cakes, crackers, baking mixes (read labels for dairy product ingredients), Au gratin foods, Butter, Buttermilk, Calcium casinate, Candy (especially creams and chocolate), Casein, Cheese, Cheese sauces, Cholcolate mild and drinks, Coffeemate, Cold cuts (such as bologna), Cottage cheese, Cream, Creamed or scalloped foods, Curds, Dry Cereals containing milk powder, such as some granolas, Dry milk powder,Dry milk solids, Evaporated milk, Fondues, Grated cheese, Gravies (some), Ice cream, Malted milk, margarine (most), Meat loaf and patties (some), Milk- whole, skim, 1% and 2%, Milk shakes, Milk sherbets, Nondairy creamers (most), Nondairy creamers (most), Non-kosher luncheon meats (some), Ovaltine, Puddings (most), Sausage (some), Sodium caseinate, Wieners (some),Whey, White Sauces and Yogurt
Milk substitutes...Soy milk, Rice milk, Almond milk, Nondairy products....Margarine, Nondairy ice cream, Nondairy chocolate, Nondairy cheese, Nondairy yogurt, anything milk-free or nondairy products
Groups and Books
The No Milk Page... www.nomilk.com
Food Allergy Network.... www.foodallergy.org
Nondairy Milk Recipes - Leave the Cow's Milk for the Calves... www.veganmania.com/pages/non_dairy_milk_recipes.htm
Go Dairy Free... www.godairyfree.com
I was pretty disgusted last week when I heard about the story of the latest sex RE-offender on Cape Cod. Yes, RE-OFFENDER!! He was classified as only a level 2, guess the risk should have been put much higher before he was let out, especially since he reoffended with a child! I immediately checked the stats in my local town, saw the latest additions as well as noted that my town on Cape got a big THUMBS DOWN from Family Watchdog in terms of forcible rape. I was very disappointed to see this stat. I also noticed we had an awful lot of offenders who has done their act on minor children. This got me thinking.......
In Massachusetts, Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are only required to register with the local police department and those individuals' names, addresses and pictures are then made available to the public. Only Level 3 Offenders are available to view online. To see Level 2 offenders, you will have to contact your local PD Department. Any restrictive conditions placed upon sex offenders are imposed by a judge under terms of probation or by the parole board.
Massachusetts currently has fairly skimpy laws when it comes to sex offenders. Some states like California, bar the offenders from surfing at piers, visiting parks, or even casting fishing lines. These are called Child Safety Zones and in effect, ban sex offenders from being anywhere near where children congregate. They are barred from libraries in only half a dozen Massachusetts cities. Half a dozen?!?!?! How about the hundreds of others across the Commonwealth????
After further research I discovered that a just small number of cities and towns actually have local ordinances in place to restrict sex offenders from schools, parks, children's camps, elderly faciities, etc. Currently, only about 20 cities and towns in the Bay State have enacted "sex offender-free zones" or "child safety zones" or otherwise placed restrictions on where convicted Level 3 sex offenders can live in a community. And many of those laws have been challenged in the court system on constitutional grounds.
Massachusetts has not joined the approximately two dozen states that have adopted similar statewide laws since 1996, according to information from the Council of State Governments, thereby leaving that work to local officials.
Opponents have dismissed “child safety zones” as unenforceable, saying they are designed to make politicians look tough on crime and drive sex offenders from the area, not make children safer. “These are cheap laws that can be passed to make people feel good,” said Charles P. Ewing, author of “Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy.” Personally I disagree!!! As parents of course we knonw that an ordinace or law is NOT a guarantee of our children's safety however if there is no rule, regulation or law then what happens when they target a child in that area! At least then they can get an added charge of violating another law! At the very least mandate Child Safety Zones for level 2 and 3's!!! I understand many Level 1's may have urinated in public or just made a stupid mistake versus torturing a small child/raping someone, etc. Discretion would obviously have to be used.
The most recent battle over this issue has taken place in the city of Lynn, which is home to 64 registered Level 3 sex offenders, according to the state registry board. Lynn officials had discussed adopting an ordinance since at least 2009. After implementing the law, five Level 3 offenders filed suit and are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, according to the Daily Item of Lynn.
The most recent iteration of the law prohibits Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers, parks or playgrounds. Those who live within the "exclusion zones" are required to move or else face a fine of $300 per day.
Part of the plaintiffs' argument in that case is that the "exclusion zones" cover most of the geographic area of the city and nearly all its available housing. THEN MOVE!!!!! Don't we as parents have the RIGHT to raise our children in a safe community?!?!?! Why should they get to decide, they broke the law!!!! And after the whole Massachusetts Parole Board issue (5 Parole Board Members Resign), I don't trust any of those people to make sound judgements went it comes to my child. At least Meliss'a Bill was finally passed this summer though, so we are making baby steps forward!
Google has finally got on board with a Sex Offender App! Way to go Google! Now we can see where offenders are located! It is for for anyone with an Android or IPHONE. It uses your GPS to show you not only which offenders are in your immiditae area, but also pops up a picture and offense history! I have only used it for the past few days and it is a useful app to have, though some reviews of the app said it does not locate all offenders.
There is also a Cape Cod Mother's Protection Group on Facebook! It is newly formed and it is an online venue for moms on Cape to help create change in terms of the laws here in the Commonwealth! Visit their group for more details! https://www.facebook.com/groups/273027046136268/
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My name is Vanessa, and I am the proud mother of two beautiful children. My son, Aiden was born at a full term 38 weeks, and with an easy pregnancy as well as delivery. So when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was excited. After four long months of morning sickness, and twenty pounds shed, I thought I had passed the “hard” part of my pregnancy. But boy was I wrong!
At just 20 weeks along, I was diagnosed with Pregnancy induced hypertension, and was put on not one but two blood pressure medications, to lower my rollercoaster blood pressure. With a four year old at home, Bed rest was not really an option, so I continued my everyday lifestyle as a working mother. But at 22.3 weeks, I was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital where my diagnoses had changed to Preeclampsia. From there I was headed to Boston where they have a NICU.
I had zero time to pack, make arrangements for my son, or even call my job before they had me in an Ambulance and headed for the city. I was admitted to Brigham & Women’s where I spent 3.5 weeks attached to monitors, IV’s, and given multiple medications in the attempt to hold of the delivery of my little girl. But at just 26 weeks, the doctors couldn’t hold off any longer, and I was scheduled for an emergency
C-section. My daughter Annika, weighed 1 pound 4 ounces, and was 12.2 inches long. I barely had sight of her before they rushed her off to the NICU, and I was sent to recovery, alone.
I remained on the post-partum floor where the sound of happy mothers and crying babies was agonizing. It took three full days before I was able to see my baby, and the sight of her was an emotional waft that cannot be put into words.
There lay this tiny little person who I had carried for 6 months, and yet I didn’t know her. She was hooked
to IV’s, monitors and a CPAP machine helping her breath. She was inside an Isolette, and was under UV lights to help her skin. Her skin was red and wrinkled, and her hands the size of bottle caps. I had heard of mothers who had babies like this, but never in a million years imagined that I would be one of them. She remained in the NICU for 78 days before being discharged home, just after Christmas.
The experience of being a “Preemie” mom has changed me, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. Living here on Cape Cod is a blessing, with the ocean so close, the tightness of our communities, and the child friendly atmosphere we all want to raise our children in. However, it can also be very isolated, especially during a stay in a Boston NICU. I have created a Facebook group called “Preemie Mamas on Cape Cod”, where moms of Premature babies of all ages and gender can group together as a “family”. We share advice,
Photos, experiences and are planning a few play dates throughout the year. Please join us, and know that it is hard being a Preemie parent, but you’re NOT alone. http://www.facebook.com/groups/365948863437350/
Vanessa is the latest Cape Cod Mom to join our blogging team! She will be posting blogs on all things preemie on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month! Join us in following her journey!
The fifth week of Music Together® class was full. All of the regular attendees were present as well as some extra participants making-up a missed class from another session. The group dynamic can really set the tone for the session and this week it was cohesive. Almost like a piece of music itself, our class was a performance.
First the initial tuning of bodies and minds as the studio fills with a cacophony of sound. Children mill around, warming up in their individual ways. Some quietly trill about like fluttering flutes. Others are bright brass and full of energy. Miss Alicia as conductor brings us all together and the performance begins. It is a back and forth dance between caregiver and child. The gentle push to encourage self-expression; the gentle pull to correct distracting behavior. We all have the familiar routine down. Dancing, swaying, spinning and twirling.
It has been extremely rewarding to observe day-to-day changes in my own son’s interaction with music and how he expresses these changes each week in class. Although I only see the other children once a week, I have noticed changes in them as well. They all are comfortable in the studio space, venturing out of their caregivers laps and responding to the songs. Even those who in previous weeks have been timid were smiling and bouncing to the rhythm of the music. During the lyric-free song where we all play along with various percussion instruments it was easy to see how well some of them are able to feel the tempo and sporadically keep time with the beat.
Our weekly session provides an opportunity to make order from what they are hearing and feeling and to express that in a non-verbal way. The choreography among the children comes to a close as the class reaches its finale and we settle back into our circle to say goodbye. In addition to the musical benefit of class, it is a great opportunity for them to interact with each other, observe patterns, connect actions and learn appropriate ways to express themselves.
Music Together® is a parent-child music class of mixed ages from birth to age five. Classes focus on interactive play where both the caregiver and child share songs, play instruments, and participate in rhythm chants and movement activities. Classes of mixed ages foster family-style learning where the younger children watch and imitate the older ones, and the older children learn by leading the younger ones. Meryl's Music and Arts Centers offer a variety of classes for children (from birth to age seven) at studios in Harwich, S. Yarmouth, Bourne, Eastham, and Sandwich.
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Meryl's Music & Arts. All thoughts are the blogger's own.
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