Two of our participants today were first timers. We started off by singing some familiar tunes, and the highlight was definitely our jam session. We started earlier than usual, had some awesome drumming from a few different kids, and kept it going longer than usual. We jammed out What a Wonderful World, You are My Sunshine, and a Bob Marley medley.
Last week we sang All the Babies Like Bananas for the first time in quite a while, and because it was such a hit we sang it again this week! That got us all talking about how much babies really DO love bananas, so we sang Day Oh, just to get another song in there about the much-loved fruit. Besides everyone enjoying banana songs, our little ones were particularly into the parachute this week! One little guy can stand unsupported now and loved reaching up to try and grab the parachute as it came down towards him.
Finally blessed with a beautiful day, we had a great group of participants. We broke the ice with some of our first timers with classic favourites like Twinkle Twinkle and Old MacDonald before getting the group up and moving to I Can’t Fly and The Hokey Pokey. We had a great jam session with Mama Don’t Allow and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, before bringing out the parachute.
Though it’s still cold outside, there was some spring fever in Jessie’s Centre – we had a large group that was so full of life and excitement today! We sang lots of songs, and I introduced a couple that we hadn’t sung in quite a while, our favourite being All the Babies Like Bananas. We also sang Some Like it Hot, and worked it up so we could sing it together in two parts – it sounded amazing!
The children, grown-ups, and I, were all smiles at Birkdale today at our first class of the Spring 2016 RSF session! All returning kids and grown-ups, we had a blast with some of the usual first-day classics like Roly Poly and I Wake Up My Hands. We also had lots of fun reviewing and practicing the signs for Mr. Sun, which many of the kids are now able to sign the entire way through! Parents, kids and staff were very excited to see me, and the feeling was mutual for me as well! Our instrument of the week, straight out of the jam bag, was the tambourine. Everyone’s technique is really coming a long way.
March Break didn’t keep some of our regular moms and babies away from the centre this week! In fact, we went on our own March Break trip, taking a firetruck (as we sang Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck), a bus (as we sang The Wheels on the Bus), flight (as we sang I’m a Little Baby, I Fly High) and a big hike with The Grand Old Duke of York!
It was a beautiful day and the room was filled with fresh new faces. We sat in a circle in the middle of the room and the children and their parents sang their hearts out. We started with some familiar songs, including ABCs and BINGO before we stood up and danced around, while chanting a wild rendition of Five Little Monkeys. We took turns playing beats on the djembe before singing our Goodbye song.
The last class of the session at Robertson House was a hit! The moms and kids had a lot of fun singing and dancing to the songs that they’ve become so familiar with these last eight weeks. It is always so nice to see the kids show big smiles when their names are called during the Hello and Goodbye songs. I can’t wait for another great session at Robertson House!
The weather was appropriately warm and sunny today for our last day of the winter session at Birkdale. We had a lot of fun requests, like Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald, Little Green Frog and Five Little Monkeys. The final instrument of the week was the ever-mesmerizing Shruti box, which all the kids really enjoyed exploring. Kids had an especially great time during the jam and the parachute. All participants were happy and excited to receive certificates and clappers during the certificate ceremony.
The city was covered in a fresh blanket of snow and we waited to see who would come to sing. After discussing with a few people, we decided to run the class. Though quiet, we sang and danced and made up new rhymes.