A Busy Bus!

We had a big crowd at our Robertson House class today! There was dancing and singing galore with kids from ages 0-5. The kids were very mindful of sharing when we were passing our instruments around, and the grown-ups were very engaged! I couldn’t help but grant the wish of one child when he enthusiastically requested Wheels On The Bus. His hands were already doing the rolling action so away we went!

Snap! Snap! Snap!

We had a great range of ages today in our Robertson House class with great participation from the parents. It’s always so nice to see the young babies especially responding to the sounds of the music. We had a lot of fun snapping our castanets for our rendition of Crocky Crocodile. Everyone was snapping with the tempo! Looking forward to next week’s class.

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Clap and Blink!

We had a small but fun class at Robertson House this week with another class of all babies. We had many laughs during our time, the greatest of which came when we were singing a clapping song. We noticed that a few babies couldn’t help but blink each time we clapped. It’s always great to see the kids physically reacting to the music! Funny too!

Baby Time!

We had a great class today of all babies and moms. It’s always a pleasure to get the opportunity to give the babies extra attention. Some special moments included singing Hello to newborn twins for the first time and trying to all play the same rhythm on the spoons, our instrument of the week. I look forward to more great classes to come!

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Cozy and Cute

I received a warm welcome at Robertson House after coming in from the cold wind. One of the staff members told me that some families had moved away, so it was a bit of a small group, but all of the moms who attended were happy to be able to share some music with their kids. They were a bit shy to begin with, singing extremely quietly, but they still engaged with the kids and helped them with hand signs. I did a lot of body part songs, as those seemed to be the ones that kept the parents engaged with their kids, taking time to cuddle them in between verses. Everybody absolutely loved the parachute, bouncing it to James Brown's I Feel Good. I have a feeling everybody left feeling that way too.

Teamwork!

We had a very positive class this week at Robertson House with lots of singing and laughter! It was great to see one mom in particular working with her two year old son to do all the actions to our rendition of Wake Up My Hands. Her son was laughing and smiling as she did all the actions with him. The class also got a real kick out of our instrument of the week – the cowbell. It really got us moooo-ving! Looking forward to more great classes!

 

Great Actions!

We had a great class at Robertson House this week. It was mostly a baby crowd, with a few older kids as well, and the oldest participant set a great example for the rest of the class. I was very impressed with our grown-up participation, as well. I noticed that they were doing even more actions then the kids at one point during our rendition of Three Green and Speckled Frogs. It was great to see their enthusiasm and engagement with their young ones. I look forward to more great classes!

It's Raining!

We had a big baby crowd this past week at Robertson House with some older kids too. Despite some focusing issues throughout the class, we found a moment of zen when we passed around the majestic and calming rain stick. Babies and older kids alike were enthralled by the light trickling sounds of the traditional South American instrument. Looking forward to more classes!

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Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot!

Despite the blizzard going on outside, we had a great time in class this week at Robertson House. We soothed our souls with the calming sound of the Tingshaw Bells and sang a lot of favourites. During the jam, we imagined we were on a nice hot beach singing Hot, Hot, Hot, just to get our minds off the below freezing temperatures. I look forward to more great classes!

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Music Unites Us!

Today’s group at Robertson House was an energetic bunch full of different ages. Our babies were the most attentive participants, while the 2-4 year olds had a bit of a harder time sticking with the program. Not to worry though! Many times throughout the class I witnessed the uniting power of music and group singing, especially its effect on the 2-4 year olds. The jam at the end of class really brought everyone together – it turns out we have some future drummers in the class! I look forward to hearing some more drum solos in the classes to come.