March Family Goal and Songs

For the past few years I have had target songs for each month that I embed into our family routines. My kids have loved having fresh new songs to learn and I love the variety/ consistency. In just the past couple of months I have added in a family goal. Usually it is something I

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Rules for Parents During Music Time

Last month I published a short blog post with the rules for music time that I encourage my music time attenders to follow  to keep the chaos to a minimum in order to create a safe space for the maximum fun! Check it out. It is a good read and super realistic and beneficial for

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4 Simple Rules For Music Time

Rules sometimes seems like such a harsh word to me. Especially for an activity where the main component is fun! However, when working with a group of kids and practicing structured activities, they are necessary. Or at least ‘guidelines’ are necessary. I can’t decide if I want to call them guidelines or rules. However, we

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Songs That Say Your Child’s Name

In multiple posts I have talked about how important I think it is to have songs that use each child’s individual name if possible. I think that this encourages engagement and helps a child belong to a group. Using songs that utilize names also reinforces ‘turn taking’ and being patient as another child is being

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Why We Sing Before Dinner! (every night)

This little tradition had been a staple in my life since I was six years old. My mother adopted this from a good friend while we lived in New Mexico. Since then, I can probably count on 1 hand how many times my family has not sang around the table before we ate dinner. When

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Engagement Tricks to Help Your Child Participate

I love Music Time, because it helps encourage the skill of self-control in children.Everybody gets to participate in planned, structured activities. My goal is to help my children gain an appreciation for the structure and how the order can bring peace and security, especially when interacting with others. However, I do not like to bore

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When To Sing To Your Baby

I vividly remember an experience I had with my oldest daughter, Madison, when she was just a week old. As a brand new mom, I was exhausted! I was not accustomed to getting up in the night to feed a baby and the responsibility of another human being can be very draining. We had just

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