Get your instrument....and play along!
There's no question that playing along with music at home is fun for all ages! There are so many creative ways to create your own basket of instruments for music time, from homemade craft items, household items, and inexpensive child-appropriate instruments. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun musical experiences at home!
Keep these 7 categories in mind while you are creating your own at home instrument collection:
1) Something to SHAKE: homemade egg shakers, rattles, rice or beans in plastic containers, experiment with different sounds and weights for your shakers
2) Something to TAP: heavy plastic or cardboard containers, boxes of various sizes, coffee cans, plastic tubs, large mixing bowls, anything that provides a nice thump or tap sound with your hands
3) Something to STRIKE: wooden or metal spoons, small wooden sticks, cardboard tubes,
4) Something to SWOOSH: light scarves,...
This article was published in the June/July issue of Pinpointe Magazine- Cypress.
Let’s just get one thing out in the open right off the bat. My kids are on screens right now.
Trying to juggle a million different distractions that pop up all day long and a looming deadline for this article, I’ve reached that point where it’s “every man for himself”. I, like so many other parents, rely on screens to survive the hours and hours of time that my kids are home with me. And, for the past two and half months, those hours have felt endless.
I feel a twinge of guilt, I don’t remember the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for screen time for my 13 and 5 year-old boys. Without looking it up, I’m fairly confident that on most days we far exceed the amount of time that’s recommended.
Why does screen time trigger such feelings of guilt and shame for parents? The truth is, technology in early childhood does not have to be...
A few months ago, I wrote an article for Pinpointe Magazine focused on the developmental benefits of exposure to making music in early childhood. In it, I highlighted these benefits by specifically focusing on learning and academic growth. While the world around us is changing, many things remain the same. Our children are learning and growing through this unique period of time, with the majority (if not all!) of their time spent at home with their primary caregivers. As a parent of two highly energetic boys, I am there in the trenches with you! Our role as parents has become all inclusive, and exhausting. Music is a wonderful tool for any parent to use at any time: to support learning, relieve stress, and connect with your little one. Knowing that music is one of the building blocks to learning, it helps to understand what behaviors to look for and enjoy as we play musically with our children.
In Music Together Mixed Age Classes we empower parents with the developmental knowledge...
We're helping to shape our children’s brains as we sing, play and move with them in our class. When we give our children musical experiences—as we do in class and at home—their brains are developing the musical wiring and circuitry that will help enable them to be musical for the rest of their lives. Through continued exposure to a musically rich environment, these neural pathways will strengthen over time. So keep making music as much as possible—in the kitchen, in the bathtub, at the park, in the car—to keep those musical pathways going!
Remember when Pinterest became a “thing”? I was a young working mom, and I would spend hours going down the rabbit hole of countless recipes, craft ideas, organization hacks, home design and parenting memes. I became slightly obsessed with crafting a creative, efficient, and picture perfect home for my family. And I was not alone, the Pinterest phenomenon was spreading like wildfire among my peers. Suddenly, it seemed like everything was over-the-top creative: class parties, birthday parties, play dates, everything became Pinterest-worthy. Some of us were more successful than others, I definitely fell more into the “Pinterest Fail” category. The more creative moms were labeled as “Pinterest Moms” and the distinction of whether you were one or not became an important factor in my small community.