Lifted Spirits

A great second class of the session at Robertson this evening. Most of the moms and children from last week returned, which I loved to see, and one new mom came with her daughter. There was a feeling of excitement and commitment to participation right from the beginning of class. I reviewed some songs from last week like Roly Poly and Old McDonald and added in some new songs like Clap Your Hands Sing 123 and Here Comes Crocky. I think everyone really enjoyed Elephants Have Wrinkles as well – the children had fun swaying their arms and making elephant sounds.

I did tambourines for instrument of the week and the jam ended on a strong note with everyone singing and playing along to De-oh. At the end of class I received some song requests for next week and one of the moms came up to me to say that she was happy she came today because she was sad and her spirits had been lifted through the music. I was overjoyed to hear that and told her that that’s what music does on a level we don’t even realize. I hope to bring an opportunity for moms to feel that way in every class. See you next week Robertson House!

Learning Through Song

Monday was a jam packed musical adventure. The children were mostly two and under, so my aim was to deliver songs for the wobbly toddler. We started with Wake Up My Hands, One Finger Keeps Moving, Put Your Finger In The Air, and then moved on to Clap Your Hands Now Sing 1-2-3, Tickle Song, and The Grand Old Duke of York. Then it was time to get up and move around with Shake Your Sillies Out, Zoom Zoom Zoom, and I’ve Been Working On The Railroad. The jam included Three Little Birds, ABC, and In the Jungle. I enjoyed watching numerous one year olds “grooving to the music” and watching their moms react as their children attempted to keep time by stomping and clapping. Some pretty adorable moments all around.

I’ve Got Rhythm

This week at Jessie’s we focused lots on finding and touching different body parts; we touched our fingers to our noses, ears, cheeks and toes, and we found our heads, shoulders, knees and toes, amongst others! One of the best parts of the class was near the end, though. Our little participants were right into the music and one little guy who is around 20 months old impressed us all with his innate sense of rhythm; our instrument of the day was a hand drum and this kid pounded out quarter notes right in time to the song Somebody’s Knocking at my Door during our jam time. It was amazing! We all presume he’ll be a famous drummer one day.

Beatrice House Boogie!

It was another jam packed, crazy, rock concert at Beatrice House. Moms, kids, tots and babies all piled in to the room for a very high spirited class!

We started off with a few popular songs: Roly Poly, Wheels on the Bus, and Row Your Boat, before teaching them The Little Green Frog and Shut the Door. Then we went on a journey: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, etc., before finishing with a rambunctious version of Three Little Birds, and an ABC/Twinkle Little Star medley.

Here we go Robertson House!

After having some time off this summer, I was eager to return to Robertson House this evening for the start of the fall session. I was delighted to hear that moms were excited for the class and planning to attend.

Moms and children showed up for class smiling and ready to sing, and I had a positive feeling that class would be a lot of fun today. I worked on simple and familiar songs, like Roly Poly, Wake Up My Hands, Wheels on the Bus, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Everyone sang and participated. Maracas were a hit today for the instrument of the week and, as always, there were lots of giggles during the parachute. Class ended on a very happy and uplifting note, as moms left the room saying they had lots of fun and were looking forward to next class!

Back Together Again!

It was so wonderful to be back with the staff and families at Jessie’s Centre! The staff gave me a very warm welcome and I was thrilled to have a few moms and babies (who are now toddlers!) participating in our first Rainbow Songs Foundation session after our summer break. We got right back in to the groove by going over the sign language for the first letter of everyone’s names and then belting out the Hello song. There was great energy in the room and lots of great conversation mixed in with the singing about how the moms there were doing and how much their kids have grown and developed since the spring. Great to have such a fun start to another season at Jessie’s.