Friday, November 30, 2007

South Korea's singing highway can save you

Can you name that tune? Watch the abc news clip here.

Via neatorama.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hopscotch-like music game

instructions, originally uploaded by Zombie37.

Does anyone know how to play this?


Lookybook lets you flip through the online pages and find out if it'll be favorite before you buy online.
Thanks swissmiss.

Myths and facts about raising an only child

Myth: Only children are aggressive and bossy.

Fact: Only children learn quickly that attempting to run the show, a ploy that they may get away with at home, doesn’t work with friends and a bossy, aggressive attitude is a quick ticket to ostracism from the group. Lacking siblings, only children want to be included and well liked.

Myth: Only children prefer more solitary, non-competitive amusements because they are alone a great deal of the time.

Fact: This preference has more to do with social class than family size. The interests in these amusements stem from parental values and the home environment of middle- and upper-middle class families, which are more likely to have a single child…

Myth: Only children are spoiled.

Fact: Being spoiled is a reflection of our society. The Chinese feared they were raising a generation of “little emperors” when their only child policy was in effect. Looking back 20 years later they found the only children were not particularly spoiled and found no difference in only children’s relationships with friends when studied with children who had siblings.

Myth: Only children are selfish.

Fact: Every child at one time or another believes the world revolves around him…

Myth: Only children must have their way.

Fact: Children with siblings often have more “who’s the boss” difficulties because they are constantly forced to share toys, television times, and parents…

Myth: Only children are dependent.

Fact: Because of adult guidance and lack of siblings to lean on, only children are more self-reliant and independent than those who have brothers and sisters to fend for them.

Myth: Only children become too mature too quickly.

Fact: Children with siblings relate and talk to their siblings rather than their parents. The only child’s primary role models are parents. The result is that only children copy adult behavior as well as adult speech patterns and develop good reasoning skills early on making them better equipped to handle the ups and downs of growing up. A good thing, for sure…

Source: Modern Mom, CA


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The balancing act of early education

circus, originally uploaded by udronotto.

"Journalists have written quite a bit about the phenomena of affluent parents willing to do just about anything to give their kids an edge.

"Cloaking consumerism in pseudo-science that makes natural development seem to depend on the right toys--rather than just loving, talking to, reading to, and playing with your children--helps fuel this unfortunate parental instinct. This impulse among some parents creates business opportunities and it's no surprise companies are out there capitalizing on them.

"Sometimes the universal pre-kindergarten movement overemphasizes education, as well, causing opponents to complain that schooling is more important than just fostering normal, healthy development.

"These issues are worth more critical attention, I think."

Early Ed Coverage

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Shel Silverstein

I was wandering around Mollie Greene's world and found a link to this Shel Silverstein Web site. That's also when I wandered into this embroidered world on flickr.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Girl with Glockenspiel

Welcoming a new Kindermusik blogger to the blogroll, Launa Hall.

"I feel like I’ve finally found the work I should be doing."

Friday, November 09, 2007

Why music?

Because flashcards never made you dance like this. Thanks Sean.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Whose boots?

See more photos from the Kindermusik Convention on Jessi's flickr page.
Or visit the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators blog.

I am a Dancer. I have Down Syndrome.

I was looking through flickr to find some photos of children with Down Syndrome to use in the new ABC Music & Me brochure, when I found this.


If you have photos of children with special needs in your classrooms, would you drop me a line? I'd love to see if we could use them in some marketing materials.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Dance Little Baby

You'll dance the Charleston in the Kindermusik class for babies, "Do, Si, Do." Now you can throw a few new moves into the kickin', toe-turning mix.