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Tis the season….the cold and flu season!

Dear Families,

I’m writing to you today to address some questions that have come up recently regarding this horrible sick season we are having. As you know, I have asked everyone to not attend class if you or your child is sick. A good guideline to follow is to be fever free for 24 hours, and for a nose not to be running with anything other than clear. It is VERY common for babies and toddlers to have runny noses due to teething. It is VERY hard to distinguish that from being sick. If you at all feel that your baby is under the weather, remain home and schedule a makeup class.

I wanted to let you all know our procedures for attempting to keep our classrooms as sanitized as possible. While it is impossible to guarantee you that our instruments and props are 100% sanitized, we are trying to do our best to minimize sickness. We spray instruments, etc. with Clorox Anywhere, and tumble dry all fabric items in the dryer. After doing much research, Clorox Anywhere seems to be the safest product to use for our purposes. Here is a link to read more about the product:  http://www.clorox.com/products/overview.php?prod_id=ahsds.

NEW PROCEDURE: We have now decided to keep this product ON HAND at all classes so that we can all make an effort together to help avoid the spread of germs. If your child has mouthed an instrument, please bring it up to our table when finished and spray it with the Clorox Anywhere. If we all make an effort together, we can try to eliminate spreading sickness to each other.
Again, by spraying our instruments we are not promising a 100% sanitary environment. We stand by the most important way to avoid sickness – WASH HANDS!! We suggest that before class begins, and after class ends, you and your child wash hands with SOAP and WATER if possible. Here is some information about other “sanitizing” products:
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are one of the more recent tools in home and school medicine arsenals, proven “effective in reducing gastrointestinal illnesses in households, in curbing absentee rates in elementary schools, and in reducing illnesses in university dormitories. An Internet search retrieved recommendations for hand hygiene from schools, daycare centers, outdoor guides, and animal shelters.”  Reynolds SA, Levy F, Walker ES. Hand sanitizer alert [letter]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2006 Mar [date cited]. Available from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no03/05-0955.htm

For alcohol-based hand sanitizers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends an alcohol concentration of 60 to 95%  of ethanol or isopropanol for the great efficacy in killing germs.  In the study listed above, it was found that some hand sanitizer products purchased from local retail deep-discount stores, advertising the same claims as those found on name-brand products such as Purell, had, in reality, only a 40% ethyl alcohol concentration – much too low to reduce bacterial counts on hands.  In fact, the faulty product seemed to “mobilize the bacteria, spreading them around the hand instead of killing them.” (N.Y.Times: Hand Sanitizers: Good or Bad?  , by Deborah Franklin,  March 21, 2006)

I hope, that by using the Clorox Anywhere, washing hands, and not coming to class sick, we can avoid spreading sickness back and forth. Of course we all know that this just happens, and that no matter what we do, it is still going to occur. All we can do is try our best!
If anyone has ANY questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. Again, thank you in advance for working with us on making Grow and Sing Studios a healthy environment for all!!! Thank you to all the parents who have challenged me with questions and shared your concerns! :)
All the best,
Holly
Holly Lesnick
Director / Owner
Licensed Kindermusik Educator
Registered Music Therapist
Local Representative for the Central FL Partnership of Kindermusik Educators
Kindermusik with Grow and Sing Studios
407.970.2774
holly@growandsing.com
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“Connecting Families Through the Magic of Music”

Parent Perspectives: Issues and Insights regarding your baby

Babies and Music

Musical awareness is observable very early in life. [Howard Gardner,educational theorist who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences] states that it emerges the earliest of all the different kinds of intelligence. The Papouseks, highly respected developmental researchers from West Germany, report that infants as young as two months can match the pitch, intensity, and melodic contour of the mother’s songs, and at four months infants can match the rhythmic structures as well. These researchers feel that infants are even more predisposed to these aspects of music than to speech (Papousek, 1982).” —“Theories of Child Development and Musical Ability,” by Sally Rogers from Music and Child Development, ed. Franz L. Roehmann and Frank R. Wilson, pp. 2-3.

Your Baby’s Musical Life

You may have already noticed that your baby is listening attentively to music. He may react to different types of music in different ways. He may become alert, move excitedly, relax, or even doze off depending on the nature of the music. By filling the spaces of Baby’s day with music we are teaching him the many roles that music can play throughout his life. Music can help him relax, cope with feelings, celebrate, create, and express beyond verbal capabilities.

Musical Variety in

 Kindermusik Village

Kindermusik Village

introduces a great variety of music, representing diverse cultures, styles, and tonalities, as well as varied instrumentation and voice types. Cock-a-doodle-MOO! features Cantonese Lullaby, a soothing, traditional Chinese song; Hey Diddle Diddle, a simple, traditional English rhyme and song; Ritsch, Ratsch, a lively Swedish folk song, and Armenian Lullaby, a relaxing song in the minor mode. Not only will your baby enjoy reacting to these different styles of music emotionally and physically, but intellectually it is important that your baby experience this music. We tend to appreciate and enjoy listening to music that is familiar.By exposing your baby to a broad selection of music at an early age, you will help him have a rich “repertoire” of familiar sounds and styles that will make more music accessible and interesting to him throughout his life.

A Musical Treasure Hunt

Explore everyday objects with Baby to see what sounds they make when you strike them with a spoon or shake them. Does there seem to be an object or sound that Baby is particularly interested in or finds humorous? Did you find something that you never expected to be musical?

“Children must receive musical instruction as naturally as food, and with as much pleasure as they derive from a ball game… and this must happen from the beginning of their lives.” —Leonard Bernstein

Coming soon….

Parent Perspectives for your TODDLER!

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018 CALENDAR


FALL: SEPT – DEC
15 weeks of weekly classes

Fall classes begin – Sept 4 – 8, 2017
OFF November 20 – 24 – THANKSGIVING BREAK
Fall classes end – Dec 18 – 22, 2017


SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018 CALENDAR


SPRING: JAN – MAY
15 weeks of weekly classes
Spring classes begin – Jan 22 – 26, 2018
OFF March 19 – 23 – SPRING BREAK (Volusia County March 12-16)
Spring classes end – May 7 – 11, 2018


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