Kindermusik – A Place to Feel Accepted

by Katie Henderson on December 7, 2019

by Beverly Smith, Kindermusik parent

This week I finally got to return with my daughter, Isabelle, to Kindermusik class (after being home with my new baby). It was so good to have that quality time with her and see her sweet teacher too! The thing I love about her teacher is that she makes all her kids and parents feel welcome. Isabelle gets so excited for Kindermusik every week and not just for the dancing, but to see “Ms. Lisa.”

The staff at Music Connections has always been so welcoming, supportive, and serve their families and community well. Every child is accepted and loved, regardless of their background, ability, or personality. My child is accepted for who she is; in fact, I feel like she is celebrated every week in class! Because she feels so comfortable, she is even able to stretch herself to interact in ways she normally wouldn’t. I love how the kids are included in the class when it comes to cleaning up, creating moves for dances or songs, for read aloud questions, and even in ways they can say hello to their friends, every single week! The kids have ownership in their experience and are made to feel like an important contributor to the class. At the same time, they are building, even at this early age, a community of friends that they learn to recognize, share with and love. It has helped encourage a healthy self-esteem and confidence in Isabelle. She leaves feeling more confident in other areas of her life, such as interacting with other children and answering questions during our story hour at the library.

My daughter’s personality is a mix of princess, animal lover, explorer, scientist, little mama, and farmer. Sometimes she’d rather play firefighter than wear a princess crown. In every Kindermusik class I’ve been in, it has been a mix of both girls and boys. In all those classes I feel that every child is allowed to explore many different interests and be who they are. Isabelle can be a princess or a tomboy and is supported and appreciated either way. The Kindermusik curricula, where every child feels safe and secure in being themselves, fosters so much more than music – it is whole-child development at its finest.

Times They are a Changing! by Beverly Smith

by Katie Henderson on October 27, 2019

Soon my world and my daughter’s will change forever. We are welcoming baby number 2 (gender unknown) into the world later this month. My daughter is two and half and embracing independence, while still needing “me” for reassurance and encouragement. The transition will affect her whole tiny world! She spends all day with me as my little shadow and we have a blast just us two! We stay busy and the whole “stay-at-home mom” title doesn’t apply to me because we are literally never at home! We go to the museum, library, zoo, park, play dates, Kindermusik, shopping, etc. together all the time. So when a newborn is introduced in the mix and staying at home more will be a necessity I am sure Isabelle and I both will have some growing pains.
In order to make life a little more normal and keep some routine in her life I have arranged for her Grammy to take her to Kindermusik weekly throughout all of the transition. This will give her time to do something special without the baby and get out of the house for a little while. In Kindermusik they have taught us that routine and ritual is something that helps your child feel safe and secure, and because she SO loves Kindermusik, I think keeping this routine in place will help in our transition. I am hoping after the initial transition I can switch places with Grammy and make Kindermusik “our” special time together. I love going to class with her and I know she would enjoy this mommy only time.
I know life will be hard for me with two kids, but I am going to try to be intentional about making time for her, even if it’s 15 minutes here and there using the online Kindermusik materials. It will give us time to do enjoy Kindermusik at home, since I can’t be there in class with her. It’s great that they provide extensive home materials so that, just by listening to albums or doing activity pages, we can make Kindermusik a “7 day a week” experience at home!

What is Kindermusik – a Mom’s Perspective

August 8, 2019

by Beverly Smith As the mom of a toddler I often get asked if my daughter is in any activities. I always tell them, first and foremost, that she has gone to Kindermusik at Music Connections Foundation since she was a baby, and absolutely loves it! Several times I’ve been asked, “What is Kindermusik?” To […]

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The Bond She Shares With Daddy – by Beverly Smith

June 27, 2019

One of my favorite things that has changed in my marriage since having a child is seeing the gentle, playful side of my husband. The relationship and bond he shares with our daughter is just as important as the one I share with her. This is why I feel it’s important for me to take […]

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The Sounds of Summer – by Beverly Smith

May 8, 2019

Every year as the end of school year approaches, the trees blossom and the days grow longer. I start to anticipate summer. I start listening for signs. The birds start returning with their daily music, creating a morning symphony to begin the day right. I hear the laughter of children playing outside and the sound […]

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A Blooming Personality – By Beverly Smith

April 9, 2019

It’s funny how entertaining the toddler years can be. Some days as mom you are worn thin from the blooming personality of the toddler that once filled your time with cuddles and cooing. Now the cuddles have turned into other forms of love, such as the sweet gesture of giving you their favorite stuffed animal […]

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Coffee “aok” as Mom’s Medicine

November 9, 2018

by Beverly Smith, Kindermusik Mom Every day is a challenge when you’re a mom. Some days are worse than others and sometimes those harder days seem to multiply. This week my challenge has been a stomach bug that caused us to miss Kindermusik. Last week it was Isabelle’s tantrums that made it hard to do […]

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Be Patient Moms, the Light Will Come On

September 29, 2018

by Beverly Howard, Kindermusik Mom As a mother and as a teacher I have discovered that, although I have a great amount of patience for children, I struggle with waiting for the big moments– the “ah ha” moments. Every child will reach every milestone at their own pace. We are made to possess different talents […]

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Teaching Math Through a Childhood of Play

August 20, 2018

by Beverly Smith, Kindermusik Mom When you think of teaching math to your child, you likely think of numbers, addition/subtraction and memorizing facts. As a mother and former elementary teacher with a math endorsement, I’m here to say math is so much more than numbers and memorization. Before technology took over our homes, we played […]

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Reflections on Ethiopia – Learning Truly to Embrace “what is.”

August 6, 2018

“It is what it is” – a phrase often heard in America. Most times, what we hear behind those words is a spirit of exasperation, frustration, or even resentment toward whatever circumstances have brought us to where we are. The words seem to be a routine attempt to accept “what is” but the emotion that […]

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