How to Prep for Summer

How to Prep for Summer

The above image is — believe it or not — an accurate representation of my attitude as summer approaches. I have an intense love for this season, and it brings out my inner child (much to the approval of my own children!).

My inner child has never been one for long research and planning sessions, which always used to present a challenge when it came time to prepare for my summertime music therapy clients, groups, and classes. I always felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants in those settings because I was too busy enjoying the season to gather resources and plan properly.

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The Big K

Parker Goes to Kindergarten | Listen & Learn Music

Wasn’t I telling you about Parker starting part-time daycare just yesterday?

At least, it seems like just yesterday we were taking that big leap. But that was actually almost 4 years ago, when he was turning 18 months old. Now he’s approaching his 5th birthday, and kindergarten is on the horizon.

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Filtering Out the Noise

Filtering Out the Noise

About a month ago, I did something a little crazy: I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. Not only that, but I also installed a Chrome extension on my computer that prevents my newsfeed from showing up when I visit the Facebook website.

So what inspired this Facebook fast? The truth is, my brain was tired. And overloaded with information. And sick of negativity. Despite having experienced those feelings for months (years?), I still found myself scrolling endlessly far too often, and I knew it had to stop.

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“Banana, Ooh Na Na” {Kid-Friendly Adaptation of “Havana” by Camila Cabello}

"Banana, Ooh Na Na" {Kid-Friendly Adaptation of "Havana" by Camila Cabello}

Last month when I was brainstorming new songs to write for my early childhood music classes, I had the idea to adapt the song “Havana” to use with fruit shakers. I couldn’t stop singing the original version, so I figured it would make a catchy and effective song for my students…and so far, that has been the case!

I introduced “Banana, Ooh Na Na” a few weeks ago in our early childhood and preschool classes, and have also been using it in some of my music therapy sessions. It gets plenty of play at home, too, since my own children request it nearly every day.

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