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Healthy and happy

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A note from your owner/directors, Holly and Will.

We would like to address some questions that are always asked at this time a year (typically cold and flu season) due to the inevitable conversation about coronavirus. Our class guidelines state to not attend class if you or your child is sick. A good guideline to follow is to be fever free for at least 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 you or your child is under the weather, remain home and schedule a makeup class.

We do feel that Kindermusik is a low risk activity as we keep our classes very small group, and ask that anyone who is sick to stay home and schedule a makeup class which are unlimited.

We wanted to let everyone know our studio wide procedures for attempting to keep our classrooms as sanitized as possible. While it is scientifically impossible to guarantee you that our instruments and props are 100% sanitized (as in anything else you come in contact with), we do our best to minimize sickness. We spray all instruments and props with Seventh Generation constantly, and tumble dry all fabric items in the dryer. As those in our classes know, we 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 a child has mouthed an instrument during class, we ask parents to bring it up to our  “sanitation station” when finished and spray it with the Seventh Generation. Also on hand in the classroom are sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, soap/water and tissues. If we all make an effort together, we can try to eliminate spreading sickness to each other. Though again, there is never anything we can do to “guarantee” as in any public setting.

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 for at least 20 seconds with SOAP and WATER.  We have been using these procedures and guidelines for over 10 years, and they have worked well.

Here are some tips from the CDC:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  7. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
We hope that by using sanitizing products, washing hands, and not coming to class sick, we can minimize spreading sickness back and forth. All we can all do is try our best!
If anyone has ANY questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be closely monitoring what our public schools do, and adjust accordingly. So enrolled families, stay tuned for any announcements that we may send towards the end of Spring break.
Again, thank you in advance for working with us on making Grow and Sing Studios a happy and healthy environment for all!!!
Questions? Feedback. Email us at info@growandsing.com!

I had to share this “whoa” moment.

Happy December everyone!

Recently I was hired to do a presentation via video conference call for a parenting group in Arizona. This group found me on Instagram where I tend to share a lot of developmental nuggets about how music affects a child’s development. I was honored to be asked and accepted the task. Can I just say that I had the BEST TIME? Sharing my passion with a wonderful group of moms was so much fun and rewarding. I hope I left a bit of an impression that trickles down to their precious babies.

I’m not presenting to you today in my blog post, but I did want to share one “whoa” moment to consider as you enter into what tends to be a chaotic time of year. For a child in their first 2000 days, the days between birth and Kindergarten, it is the time when their brain will form the most rapidly in their entire life. I learned (and then subsequently passed it on in my presentation) that a baby’s brain forms synapses (connections) at a rate of 1 MILLION PER SECOND! The actual “whoa” though is the fact that if those synapses aren’t strengthened, they prune and shed. Like, gone forever. Untitled design (1)The ones that are strengthened, shape who your baby will become as a person. These synapses are formed for vision, hearing, language and cognitive function, and this all happens in the first year of life. Not only that but social and emotional function as well. Each of us is born with the potential to control impulses and be focused but acquiring these skills happens in the early years when these synapses are forming. It helps create a foundation that will carry through a person’s entire life.

Large bodies of research have reported that high quality Birth-8 years learning environments, with regular attendance help build a strong foundation for the forming of these synapses. (NC Early Childhood Foundation)

Okay, you probably see where I’m going with this.
MUSIC!

Music is magical.
Photo_Kindermusik_BucktownMusic-2016-girl-playing-resonator-bar-1024x683It’s is a multi-sensory activity. When children are engaged with music and movement, their hearing and visual senses are fully engaged. When multiple senses are engaged in an activity, more areas of the brain are activated. The more areas of the brain activated, the more brain connections formed. It is a fact that MUSIC is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates and uses the ENTIRE brain. I think that is fascinating, and exciting.

For the last 18 years, I have been SO PROUD to enhance the lives of families all across Central Florida with the gift of Kindermusik. Kindermusik was created with the idea that in a child’s early years, we can use the best tool EVER to strengthen those synapses so pruning and shedding is minimal.

Okay here’s my pitch. A month of Kindermusik at Grow and Sing Studios is $68. That may seem like a lot, but, considering that your baby is forming 1 million synapses a second right now, and each one of those needs love and care, it’s a pretty good deal.

I have an even BETTER deal! For the month of December, you can attend 2 per week until Christmas at 35% off, PLUS you’ll receive an invitation to our Jingle Jam Holiday Party (our entire team of teachers is singing!). To learn more, fill out the form here, and mention our “New Family December Offer”. We’ll hook you up.

If you decide to wait, we’ll hold back the guilt and encourage you to consider asking for a Kindermusik Gift Certificate so you can join us in 2020. Click here for more on that.

Oh, and if you are reading this from far and wide, and are part of a parenting group I would love to share my presentation with you. I’m for hire! Just contact me and we can chat. Also, you can find a Kindermusik class all around the globe by clicking here.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, and lots of strong synapse forming days with your child!

xo Holly Holly Lesnick is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and Studio owner at Grow and Sing Studios, a Bachelor of Music Therapy, mom of 2 and has been married to her husband Will for 21 years. Holly is the Kindermusik International Brand Ambassador for the U.S., and always happy to collaborate with brands and businesses she believes in.

Reference: First 2000 days information found mostly at NC Early Childhood Foundation.

Exciting News, Hot off the Press!

Exciting news hot off the press!
We are excited to announce we have just been awarded the Kindermusik Top Program Award for 2018-2019 which designates us as one of the top Kindermusik programs in the world, out of over 5000 programs. This is our 12th consecutive Kindermusik Top Program Award that we have received for Grow and Sing Studios. Programs who have, as a result of building a truly expansive program, proven masterful in reaching large numbers of families with the Kindermusik experience are awarded designation of Kindermusik Top Program.
Thank you to all who have supported our mission to connect families through the magic of music over the last 14 years.

Simplify.

Our studio is a LOT about music. But we aren’t ALL about music. We are also about family. This past weekend we stepped away from the music (well the teaching of it!), and immersed ourselves in family. Our weekend ended with the shift of decorations from Fall to Winter. We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas so our decorations have a Winter feel. Quite ironic considering that we live in Florida! Not going to lie, I’m a little sad to see the Fall decorations go. I had to toss all my gourds. They were so pretty.

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There are so many beautiful pictures we’ve seen on social media of your decorations already, and it’s inspiring to see the creativity. But I wonder.. We SEE your pictures, but what are the sounds that go along with them. I’m SO curious! Are you listening to Christmas music? HARD ROCK? Rap? Folk? What emotion goes along with your pictures musically?

So this is how I decorate for Winter. Some color, DEFINITELY some mason jars, and some frosted winter sprigs. I’m a simple girl I suppose. I have all kinds of holiday signs, but chose to keep SIMPLIFY because this season, my goal is to focus on what really matters. To be present in the moment with my family. To LISTEN to the sounds around me instead of worrying about how things look visually all the time. To remember the feeling of the season and cherish each and every moment. I know it’s cliché, but it goes so darn fast.

xo Holly

Happy SIMPLE season to all!

Holly Lesnick is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and Studio owner at Grow and Sing Studios, a Bachelor of Music Therapy, mom of 2 and this past September celebrated 20 years of marriage with her husband Will. 

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Grow and Sing Studios Presents: Baby Days 2018

Welcome to our BABY DAYS 2018 at Grow and Sing Studios!!
Kindermusik Foundations, for children newborn to walking, incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.

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Our Foundations classes offer a sensory-rich yet caring and gentle environment where babies can explore and react to new sounds, sensations, objects, and movements. Classes include instrument play, scarves, dancing, singing, rocking, massage, exercise, drumming and SO much more!

Check out our baby days schedule below.
Baby Days 2018

Have you been meaning to come try out a class, or are you just finding out about our program for the first time? We invite you to come check out one of these classes, have some fun, make some music and hopefully fall in love with the magic of Kindermusik! Reservations are required and space is limited.
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7 Health Benefits of Music

There are so many healthy benefits of music. Here are 7 reasons that may inspire you. Let your child’s healthy music life begin at #Kindermusik. growandsing.com
7 Health Benefits of Music

An offer for new families.

 Hello new families and welcome! If you are brand new to Grow and Sing Studios and you haven’t previewed a class yet, then this coupon is for you! CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND CLAIM COUPON AND WE’LL SEE YOU SOON!

buy 1 get 1 free

Musical symbols, beautiful language.

Music is such a beautiful language!! growandsing.com
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Last call for a free preview class!

Final call to schedule your free preview class!
Have you been meaning to schedule a free Kindermusik preview class ? Our school year of Kindermusik is about to come to a close and we can’t believe it! School year classes conclude on Friday, May 11th,
New families to our studio are welcome to schedule a class to attend at no charge and with no pressure. Should you love what you experience, we hope you’ll sign up for our upcoming Summer , and/or perhaps our School year 2018-2019 .
Time is definitely running out to preview though, so if you want to get in on that, contact us asap and we’ll get you scheduled prior to May 11th! It would be helpful to know whatlocation(s) you are open to attending as well as your child’s age/stage.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

 

Our 13th year of connections

 Are you a planner? We are too! Classes all the way from now through May 2019 are now posted on our website. View our schedule (which we are always adding to based on requests/need) at http://www.growandsing.com/schedule. Looking forward to seeing you in class!
Please note that Kindermusik Playdate classes and Group Guitar classes are still pending and will be posted soon.

A year of magic

SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020 CALENDAR


School Year classes begin (Week 1) – Sept. 9 – 13, 2019
OFF
Thanksgiving Holiday – Nov. 25 – 29, 2019
Classes continue
 – Dec. 2- 6, 2019
OFF 
Holiday/New Year’s Break – Dec. 23 – Jan. – 10, 2019
Classes resume after holidays (Week 15)
 – Jan. 13 – 17, 2020
School Year/Spring classes resume (Week 16) – Jan. 20 – 24, 2020
OFF Spring Break – March 16 – 20, 2020
Kindermusik House Party – Online virtual classes – Begins March 23rd until schools are back in session!
OFF Due to COVID-19 (re: public schools) – March 23 – April 17
Classes resume April 20th
School Year/Spring classes end (Week 30) – May 25 – 29, 2020
Stay tuned for any further updates.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt for registrants – April 11, 2020 – We are so sad to cancel this annual tradition this year, but we must follow state guidelines. Happy Easter/Spring to all!

SUMMER 2020 CALENDAR


June 2020 – Celebrating 15 years of Grow and Sing!

Summer classes begin (Week 1) – June 8 – 13, 2020
Summer classes (Week 2) – June 15 – 20, 2020
Summer classes (Week 3) – June 22 – 27, 2020
OFF July 4th Holiday week – June 29 – July 4
Summer classes (Week 4) – July 6 – 11, 2020
Summer classes (Week 5) – July 13 – 18, 2020
Summer classes end (Week 6) 
– July 20 – 25, 2020

In Summer, we understand it’s a big travel time. We are happy to prorate if you let us know at time of registration. On your registration in “additional info”, note the weeks you’ll be attending and we’ll charge accordingly (for tuition and materials).

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