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Spring 2008 – Sneak Preview!

Spring is Coming!

Spring is coming!

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe it’s registration time again!!! I’m currently working on Spring 2008 registration. All the details and calendar will soon be up on the website under the classes page. It takes time because I would hate to make any typos!!

You can get started though!! I just uploaded the Spring 2008 registration form and release form if anyone reading wants to secure their spots(s) early. You can secure your spot(s) before our big email is sent to out! If you would like to view our registration and release form then click here!! You can fax to 407-281-9255, mail to 4133 Stonefield Drive, Orlando, FL 32826, or scan in/email to . If you are enrolled in a Fall class currently, you will receive a re-enrollment gift when you register!

More information coming VERY soon here and on the website!

Best,
Holly

Ta’s, Tee Tee’s and SHHHH!

I am just amazed at how much the children are learning in Young Child. They are sharpening thier listening skills, which of course is key in learning music, but wow — also VERY important in LIFE as well! They are learning note values in the form of TEE TEE, or TA, or SHHH for rest. Now they are learning to listen as notes go up and down. As they sing, they are visually seeing the music going up and down, along with the rhythms. I’m SO impressed by this curriculum!!!! I captured this picture yesterday of Anna and Benjamin with their rhythm cards. They were mixing and matching to create new rhythms.

Young Child class

Young Child class – Rhythm cards

Miss Elizabeth is doing an amazing job with this class. The kids love her, and they are learning SO much!!!

Have a perfect weekend everyone!

Best,
Holly

Sign and Sing : Some Questions Answered

Hi everyone!

I am currently accepting enrollments for our next Sign and Sing workshop which begins on Wednesday, November 14th and thought, this would be a PERFECT time and place to address some questions and concerns that parents sometimes have about babysigning in general. I am approaching my 7th time teaching this workshop. At the beginning of my journey with Sign and Sing, I was even a bit skeptical. I wondered if it really works or does it delay a child’s speech? As a parent of two, I didn’t use babysigning with my daughter Anna, who is now 6. She was an early talker, so I didn’t even think it was a topic that pertained to our situation. My son Aiden however, is taking his time talking. He is currently 2 1/2 and even now most people aren’t sure what he is saying. His words aren’t quite clear yet, even though he is talking. Both of my children fall into the “normal” developmental range for the onset of talking. Every baby crawls, talks, walks, etc. in their own time. Over the course of my Sign and Sing journey so far, I have learned that if I had done babysigning with Anna, it would have only helped her speech and giving her an opportunity for long term learning. For Aiden it was AMAZING! I started teaching this course at JUST the right time because I could use Aiden as my “practice baby”. My husband embraced it as well, as did Anna, and our household starting signing. Boy did we eliminate lots of tantrums with Aiden. He was able to tell us when he was “all done”, or if he wanted “more” without crying or yelling. All babies are going to communicate. Before they can talk, the only way for them to express their needs is to cry, yell, tantrum. Well, Signing is a nice, calm and quiet alternative to all of that!!

Sign and Sing Class

Sign and Sing Class

Now to maybe clarify some myths that are out there!

The assumption that babysigning will DELAY speech is a complete myth.

A parent once asked….“so I would think talking to them and encouraging them to speak (reading to them consistently is proven to build language), would be more beneficial to them then encouraging them to sign instead”. Parents with hearing children are NEVER encouraged to sign INSTEAD of speaking. It is SO important to note that. What we do is encourage parents to speak WHILE signing. That is why, in our Sign and Sing class, we sing our songs, while we sign. The children then associate the speech to the signs. By doing this, we are giving them another form of communicating. In no way are we discouraging speaking! All babies need to express their needs. Most babies and toddlers are not able to do this specifically with speech for quite a long time, so their instinctual response is to scream, cry or tantrum. The biggest reason for meltdowns and tantrums in toddlers are simply because the child cannot communicate their needs properly. As Dr. Greene says, “Their ideas far outstrip their language skills. The “terrible twos” are less terrible the more children learn how to get across their intense and conflicting thoughts. Baby signs are a wonderful way to do this. Shaking the head or moving the hand is far easier to learn than the intricate manipulation of the lips, jaw, and tongue necessary for each new word. Large muscle coordination is learned before small muscle coordination – at about the same time kids want to express themselves.” 

The question of “does signing delay speech” is very well explained at : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8060750/.
Also, babysigning is amazing for long term learning. When your child is finally expressing him or herself through speech without much frustration, well… they now know another language. What an amazing thing!
Here is a bit of research on the particular program we offer (Sign and Sing) which was developed by Signing Smart:

Compared to developmental norms, Signing Smart children have enriched language and communication skills:
  • While the average 8 month old will have no spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 5 signs and 1 word.
  • While the average 12 month old will have 3-5 spoken words, the average Signing Smart child will have 25 signs and 16 words
  • At 18 months, the average child will have 10-50 spoken words. In contrast, the average Signing Smart child will have 79 signs and 105 words.
  • In addition, a majority of Signing Smart children begin combining signs and words or signs and signs together to form little sentences at 11-14 months. Compare this to non-signers, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences (e.g., “Da-da car”) until 20 months old on average!

These results indicate that ASL signs, used in combination with Signing Smart strategies, facilitate both overall communicative abilities as well as spoken language skills in hearing infants and toddlers.

Signing Daddy

Here are some links to answer even more questions:

We hope to see you in one of our Sign and Sing workshops in the future. Have a perfect day!
Best,
Holly

Halloween Happenings…

What a fun week we are having! We hope you all had a very happy and safe Halloween. I can’t believe it’s November. How can it be? My kids both loved trick or treating this year. Here’s a picture of them, just because I couldn’t resist!!

Here are some Kindermusik pictures from the past 2 days….TONS of fun!

A Kindermusik hoop tunnel in costume…

An Our Time class in costume

Toddler Art pumpkin
Have a GREAT rest of the week.

Best,
Holly

Party Like a Rock Star!

Hi everyone!
We had a great time this past Saturday with our Family Time class. This class meets once per month. Rachael and I teach it together and we just love seeing all the daddies come along, which we don’t see much of during the week! We encouraged parents to dress up their kids. This is an adorable rock star, just ready to “rock out” at Kindermusik!!


Rocker!

After our class we held a free play for all families enrolled in our program. It’s a GREAT perk to joining one of our classes. You can just come and explore ALL our instruments and props for an hour with all members of the family (even unenrolled ones!). A couple little girls decided to cover up one of the mommies with as many scarves as they could. I guess she is a colorful ghost for Halloween! :)

Scarf Ghost

Hope everyone has a very happy and safe Halloween!!

Until next time….
Holly

How exciting!!

Hi Everyone!

I was just so excited to see how Holly put our blog site together so quickly this week, and I’m eager to start blogging!  I’ve never blogged before, I tried to start a personal one, but within a few days, I had forgotten my password and what not, and lost interest, but I may now be inspired again…I am very inspired to share about our wonderful Kindermusik experiences!
We were all so pumped after coming back from the Kindermusik International convention last week outside of Chicago , IL in a very pretty suburban town called Schaumberg.  One night, the three of us took the free town trolley from our hotel to eat at a yummy Thai/Asian restaurant called “Big Bowl”.  One of the stops was at a huge shopping center, and as Holly put it, it reminded us of our sprawling Waterford Lakes Towne Center, but the buildings were made out of brick instead of stucco.  It’s always so interesting to me how when you travel to different towns and cities, things look so different from your own home surroundings, but basically, it’s the same shops, movie theaters, malls, restaurants (well, there are several different ones that I hadn’t heard of, so not really the same there!), neighborhoods, etc.
Anyway, convention was just great- I learned more about my profession, met some amazing and inspiring Kindermusik educators from around the world, and ultimately learned more about myself.  Now I know why Holly has been excited for so long for all of us to experience convention together!  And we’re even more excited to share it all with you!:)
Until next time,

Magical Moments

What a great week of classes so far! Since we now have this blog, I was much more motivated to take out my camera today. I think the following pictures really capture the joy everyone has when they come to class.

The first picture was taken at my Toddler Art and Book Time class. The first few weeks for this little girl have been a bit shaky. She was a bit intimidated by glue and paint. BUT… today it just CLICKED! Maybe it was the pumpkin. Maybe it was that she was well rested. But, I believe it was the power of repetition. We always explain to parents and caregivers that it takes a few weeks for children to feel SAFE in their environment. Until they feel safe, why would they want to participate right? Well, today was week #3 in this class, and voila, she was excited, calm and ready to paint!!

Pumpkin Party

Today was extra special as we had invited the children to come dressed in their Halloween costumes. I snapped this picture right before class started. At the end of class, I gave all the children some Halloween bubbles to take home!

Costumes!

Finally, this is a picture of Miss Elizabeth’s Young Child class. This is such an amazing group of kids. They are learning SO much about rhythms and musical cues. They were enjoying a game of “Here Comes a Bluebird” and I just had to capture the fun that everyone was having!

Young Child class

Hope you enjoyed!

Until next time….

Holly Lesnick

Welcome to our blog!

I would like to welcome you to our new blog. I have created this with the goal of sharing useful information related to our program, Kindermusik, parenting and child development! We plan to post on here when we feel like sharing a magical moment that happened in one of our classes, if we have useful information to share or anything else we can think of!! We hope you enjoy and visit often.

We just returned from an amazing trip to Chicago. We attend the annual Kindermusik Convention. Kindermusik is now offered in 66 countries around the world with over 5000 educators. We feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing network of educators.

Thanks for reading. Come back often.

Holly Lesnick

Owner/Director
Grow and Sing Studios in Orlando, FL

SCHOOL YEAR 2023 – 2024 CALENDAR


CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
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This upcoming School Year includes 35 active weeks of classes with some scheduled weeks off which are noted below.

SCHOOL YEAR 2023 – 2024
School Year begins – August 14th, 2023
OFF – Thanksgiving week – Nov. 20 – 24, 2023
OFF – Holiday/Winter break – Dec. 18, 2023 – Jan. 5, 2024
School Year Resumes after Winter Break – Jan 8, 2024
OFF – Spring Break – March 18 – 22, 2024
School Year ends – May 17, 2023

Classes held in-person and virtually. Click here to view options.

$75 per month

SUMMER 2024 CALENDAR


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Our Summer is a 8 week fun filled session (with a scheduled week off worked in for the holiday). We know Summer travel is common, so we are happy to pro-rate the value of up to 2 weeks should you need it. Just let us know when you register!

Summer – 8 weeks
Summer Begins – June 3 – 7, 2024
OFF – July 4th Holiday – July 1 – 5, 2024
Summer Resumes after holiday – July 8, 2024
Summer ends – July 29 – August 2, 2024

Classes held in-person and virtually. Click here to view options.

LOOKING AHEAD…
School Year 2024 – 2025 begins week of August 12th!