It was a sunny, lovely day both outside and in at Birkdale today. Lots of familiar faces came together to sing and play. In the song Snowflake, Snowflake, we sang about the sun melting all of the snow, as well as the very cold spider in Itsy Bitsy. We also learned a fun new rhythm that we played all together with the instrument of the week, the Tarbouka/Doombek. Jam and parachute time were super fun as always!
Today’s class at Robertson had a great turnout, and we were lucky enough to have some newcomers join us. Participants new and old were not shy to jump in and sing right from the start. The group’s energy was very high, which made the movement pieces extra fun – especially stopping and starting for I Have A Little Bicycle. We finished, as we did last week, with a lullaby followed by the Goodbyesong. This was a nice way to end and gave the parents a nice quiet moment with the kids. Looking forward to more great classes!
Today was a bustling day at Jessie’s! We had a number of children and mothers join us – some right from the start and some joining as they arrived during the class. It was particularly lovely for me to see one mom and her son who I hadn’t seen since the spring of 2015! It’s always awesome to see the babies grow and to see that the moms – even when they haven’t been around in a while – still remember the words to most of the songs.
Today’s class at Robertson House was a true joy to teach. The kids and parents had such positive energy and were more engaged than ever. One highlight from the class was the impromptu lullaby right before we sang the goodbye song. Parents and kids each found a spot to lay down on the mats while we softly sang Hush Little Rooster. We even stayed laying down as we sang the Goodbye song. The vibe was just right, and the group really seemed to enjoy themselves. Looking forward to more classes!
Fabulous first class back at Birkdale for the Winter 2016 Session! Agency staff, parents, caregivers, and children alike were excited to see me back – and the feeling was mutual! We successfully harnessed all of that positive energy into singing, dancing, playing and lots of laughs for the first class. We had an amazing turnout as we sang some classics like Roly Poly, I Wake Up My Hands, and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Instruments of the week were maracas and marachitas, with which we sang Shake it Baby and Shake Your Sillies Out. Special guest, Rainbow Songs Foundation’s Programs Chair Sherry, paid us a visit and sang along with us wonderfully. We were so pleased to have Sherry there!
The winter session at Robertson House has officially begun! We had a great turnout for our first class with some returning and some new faces. After singing through some familiar favourites such as Sticky Sticky Bubble Gum and Johnny Works With One Hammer, we brought out the very popular maracas. I was so impressed with how well the kids followed along while I was playing some simple rhythms. They also had a lot of fun shaking along to Shake It Baby Shake It. I look forward to a great session at Robertson House!
It was wonderful to be greeted back at Jessie’s Centre after the winter holidays. A few mothers who had been with us in the fall were back again, and a few new mothers within the school program at Jessie’s were joining for the first time. We used this time to learn everyone’s names and to go over all the sign language before we got to singing. There was a lot of energy in the room, which will hopefully stick around in the weeks to come!