Laughter

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To your health! Laughter helps strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress levels. In addition, humor helps young children handle problems or crisis situations, enhances their social skills, and helps them to create social bonds—so laugh away!

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Integrated Learning

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The most powerful learning experiences are those that integrate the senses, learning domains, developmental needs, and interests of the children. Through such a variety, each child will surely be touched in at least one area.  Equally important is the fact that development in one learning domain inevitably influences development in other domains.

The Good Wife’s Guide!

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Check out this article from Good Housekeeping Magazine 1955. Did anyone really live like this? My mother, who sent this to me, said she never would have gotten married in the 1950’s if she had known this was how married life was SUPPOSED to be! She doesn’t remember her mother’s house being anything like this either.

Great Music From Around the World

Something that can pleasantly surprise families new to Kindermusik, is the wonderful inclusion of favorite folk songs from around the world. This adds a wonderful dimension to your music listening and exposes your child to other cultural sounds.

This fall you will hear:

For Babies
Zoom Buggy – May There Always Be Sunshine (Russia) Zum Gali Gali (Israel), The Keel Row (Northumberland), Suliram (Indonesia), Les raftsmen (Canada), Canoe Song (Native Americanish) and Polovtsian Dance (Poland).
Dream Pillow – Aiken Drum (Scotland), Sur Le Pont D’Avignon (France), Softly, Softly (Germany), Tants, Tants, Yidelekh! (Klezmer), Sarasponda (Netherlands), Latvian Lullaby (Latvia). For Toddlers
Milk & Cookies – Barn Sull (Scandanavia), Duermete, mi nino (Latin America), Fais do-do (France), The Muffin Man (England), Shakin’ Shakin’ (Apalacia), Savez vous plantez les choux (France), and Shake Hands (African-American).
For Preschoolers
Hello Weather, Let’s Play Together – Sally Go ‘Round the Sun (North America), Morning Sun Has Risen (Israel), The Mulberry Bush (England), Japanese Rain Song (Japan), Uskudar (Turkey), Weggis Song (Switzerland), Funiculi Funicula (Italy), Lirum Larum (Germany), Siyahamba (Zulu), and Rain or Shine (Texas).
For Families
Here, There, Everywhere – My Kite (England), Sulla Lulla (Norway), Alle Meine Entlein (Germany), Sma Grodorna (Sweden), Shoo Fly (America), Water Come a Me Eye (Jamaica), Whisky Frisky (African-American), San Sereni (Puerto Rico), Zum Gali Gali (Israel) and Cantonese Lullaby (China).

–Thanks Darci!

We Dance Together

Here is a terrifically inspiring website from the mother of a Downs Syndrome child. Do you believe that diversity= enrichment?

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“A conversation with Katie is a reflection on a dialogue we had a few
years ago while I was interviewing Katie for a publication. I asked Katie
what people could do to support her dreams. I recall being entirely
confused when she replied, “You can dance.” I thought she was fooling
around and admittedly I didn’t pay much attention to what she had to say.
But in the years since, with the help of some other folks, I’ve come to
understand the power and meaning of her words. One theme in her message is
that we need each other to become fully ourselves. So much of the rhetoric
about inclusive schools and communities is aimed at ‘helping’ people with
disabilities. But Katie is saying that when we are together, when we learn
together, work together and live in community with others, we all benefit,
we all become more. “