December Newsletter 2020
December has arrived! This year, a season to celebrate the little things, the gifts of everyday moments, and of course music! Sharing some seasonal music and craft activities in this month's newsletter including How To Make Your Own Snow Globe, Family Storytelling from PBS Parents, and more. We are sending love and support to everyone with greetings for health, perseverance, and creativity during these challenging times.
Family Storytelling Resources from PBS Parents
Spending time together as a family reading and sharing stories is so important for children! It's not only a time to practice literacy skills but also to understand their emotions, exercise their imagination, learn about family heritage, and practice school-ready skills like turn taking and active listening. PBS Parents shared an article in November with resources for parents to encourage family storytelling. It includes questions, play activities, online tools, and links for additional reading.
November Newsletter 2020
November has arrived and we are giving thanks for music! We're sharing seasonal craft activities in this month's newsletter, as well as a video feature including a discussion on the soothing power of music and a Cantonese lullaby. In the spirit of giving, check out our most recent blog post sharing 10 picture books that encourage kindness from PBS Parents. Also included, a message from Sing N Move, as well as ways to stay connected, and lots of resources to create engaging, comforting, and educational moments with your child during this time at home. We are holding our Sing N Move families in thought and song always!
10 Picture Books That Encourage Kindness
Sharing an article from PBS Parents that highlights 10 picture books that encourage kindness. Thinking ahead to giving thanks in November and how we can encourage a love of literacy and kindness in our children.
October Newsletter 2020
October has arrived and with it, Fall! We're sharing some seasonal musical and craft activities in this month's newsletter! Also included, a message from Sing N Move, as well as ways to stay connected, and lots of resources to create engaging, comforting, and educational moments with your child during this time at home. We are holding our Sing N Move families in thought and song always!
Introducing New Concepts and Establishing Routines for Masks Musically
Music and song supports introducing new concepts and establishing routines for young children. Here are some musical resources to introduce putting on a mask, which in and of itself may be a tricky task for many young children! Using familiar tunes and adapting the words to familiar tunes can help in creating music rituals focused around everyday tasks such as putting on a mask. Here are two examples of how to adapt a familiar tune and create a music ritual for mask-wearing.
“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
It’s time to put our masks on right,
Nice and snug, but not too tight.
Take one loop and place it here,
Then stretch across to the other ear.
Look at us! We’re all done!
Let’s keep them on and have some fun!
“The Wheels on the Bus”
I put the loops on both my ears…
…that’s how I wear my mask!
I keep it over my nose and mouth…
…that’s how I wear my mask!
I keep my hands off my face…
…that’s how I wear my mask!
I dance and play with all my friends…
…while I wear my mask!
Mask-wearing can be challenging for parents and caregivers to implement, and children to maintain (let alone understand!). So, Kindermusik has also created a brand new song to address this safety guideline and to demystify mask-wearing, which can initially feel scary or uncomfortable for some children. “Your Mask, My Mask” explains why masks are important and the many fun things children can do while wearing them. Anyone can stream “Your Mask, My Mask” in the free Kindermusik app (available on the App Store or Google Play)! You can find it by going to Library>Kindermusik Rituals album, or just by searching the word “mask” within the App.
Color-Changing Magic Milk Experiment
Have fun exploring science using milk! You'll need Milk (whole or 2%), a dinner plate, Food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue), dish soap (Dawn brand works well), and cotton swabs to perform this magic trick with your little one. The swirling images in the color is created by the chemistry of the dish soap interacting with the fats and proteins in the solution of the milk, making for a fun, mesmerizing activity that you can do over and over again.
Younger children can safely experiment learning about colors and how colors mix to create new colors, along with bigger siblings that can explore the following links that talk about the chemical bonds and learn some new scientific vocabulary. So after breakfast, don't put the milk away! Keep it out and dive into this fun, educational scientific experiment the entire family can enjoy together!
Exploring Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
For a simple start this week, simply get moving with your little to this fun Summer themed song from the Singing Walrus. When kids are moving, they're learning. Try modeling movements to match the words swim, bike, surf, hike, read, camp, play, dance.
This week, get outside and explore the world around you! Bugs are a Summer staple that might be pesky for parents, but learning tools for littles! Here are some bug resources to get outside with!
Start with some of the following bug titles before going on a bug hunt outside!
After reading some books about bugs, go on an insect hunt together. Here are some adapted ideas for Pre-K age children from Scholastic's Exploring Bugs Bugs Bugs lesson. Ask your child where they think they would find insects. Where would they hide if they were insects? Tell them you're going on a bug hunt. Stress that they should not harm the insects, that they are scientists observing them in the field. Ask them to watch the way the insects move. What colors are they? How big are they? If you have a child-safe magnifying glass, try sharing that together outside. It will help narrow their field of vision and focus their attention on a small area. After your hunt, invite your child to create an insect of their choice, or invent a whole new insect using their imagination. Display their scientific creation proudly and share with other family members!
(Sung to the tune of “Brother John”)
I’m an insect, I’m an insect,
With three body parts, with three body parts.
Head, thorax, abdomen. Head, thorax, abdomen.
And six legs, and six legs.
Sing it through a few times, then invite your child to sing along with you or to make up hand or body movements to go with the words as you sing.
Sing N Move LLC is owned and opearted by Lena Sandulova-Baeza, licensed Kindermusik Educator, in the Lehigh Valley. Liv Forster is also a licensed Kindermusik Educator at Sing N Move LLC.
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