It was my first day at the June Callwood Center. The RSF Facilitator at the site, Barbara, seemed very keen. She was excellent to work alongside of, and the center was very well organized. I think that we are going to have a fairly large sized group which is very exciting! The moms and children in the group seemed eager to learn new songs and activities to do with their children and I got almost everyone singing on the very first day which I see as a huge feat!! After 8 weeks I think that our music class is going to be rockin'! Two of the moms that will be attending this session are pre-natal ones which is a very fascinating concept for me since I have never worked with pre-natal moms before. I love the idea of the moms singing to their not yet born babies and will look forward to progressing with them and getting to sing with their newborns when they arrive into this world!
Nov 24 (Taught by Josh Engel)
This week Jessica was unable to make it to class, so I got the privilege of stepping in. We have been doing animal themed classes all week at Rainbow Songs and this class was no exception. I brought in a variety of puppets and animal shaped musical instruments and we sang songs about animals big and small. Highlights included passing around the wooden frogs while singing "Little Green Frog", "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" and "Joy to the World" (Jeremiah was a bullfrog). We got everyone moving to the groove of "5 Little Monkeys" and "Sleeping Bunnies". Some of the prenatal moms came and everybody seemed to really enjoy our Animal themed class.
I had a wonderful group of moms, toddlers and babies today. They were very enthusiastic and participated with gusto! It was so nice to receive a warm welcome back after I had been sick and had been away the previous 2 weeks. There was a new mom and baby that had come the previous week when Josh filled in for me. It was nice to see some new faces and old returning faces. They were very interested in the Tibetan Singing Bowls that I brought for the Instrument of the Week and once again they proved to be VERY keen on the parachute. The babies and the one toddler went wild at parachute time - giggling, laughing and screaming with delight.Another big hit was "Hands Together, Hands Apart" as one toddler was able to do all of the actions and the moms got a big kick out of watching him perform!