Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Go Outside

Richard Louv has written a compelling book about how the lack of connection to nature is affecting our children in surprising ways. Our mother's words of wisdom win out again. "Helen, go outside and play"

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Snipping Tips

How to tips for new scissor users at this Wonder Time website. Click on the cutting pages for bright beautiful farm pictures with cutting lines for the beginning and advanced snippers. Here is a page full of nice scissors for kids.

By the way - Cutting paper with scissor is a STEADY BEAT activity. That is the same STEADY BEAT that we talk about and practice in Kindermusik everyday, good for us in so many ways!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Instrument Inspiration

Kindermusik International has a mission - to put a song in every child's heart. Not every child who can pay the fee, not every child who has someone to drive them, not every child who lives in the suburbs, but - every child. I am so honored to be affiliated with such a company. Because of the outreach teaching I do with my partner, Sherry Grimsby in North Minneapolis, I was given an award this year, this award came with a very generous amount of money. I am excited to have turned those dollars into a whole lot of instruments for La Creche Early Childhood Center and Mary T. Wellcome Development Center both located in North Minneapolis, and serving children who can really use a song in their heart.Bags, boxes, and bins of instruments wait in my kitchen to be swished, shaken and tapped. Just look at these smiles to see what a difference Kindermusik International has made in the lives of these particular children - and will continue to make every day - now that they have instruments of their very own.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Time for OUR TIME

There is still room for you to join us. Don't wait, come for a free class and see for yourself what a unique, loving, beautiful, musical time you can share with your child. To see our schedule, locations and meet our staff just click HERE

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

One more of mom

This was a great day when we were together to watch our dear Brooke dance in her spring recital. I have always loved this picture of my mom, my daughter and me. Judging by Lorelei's size, clothes and my hair color I think it was about 11 years ago.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy birthday to my mom Anne Marie Hansen. My mom is smart and strong, she is a hot pot of spaghetti sauce bubbling all day on the stove, she is capable of everything, she is fagile and loving, she has been my solid place to land forever. She always has cookies, she always has answers, she always has time. I love you mom! Enjoy everyday of your 73rd year.

Sunday, February 04, 2007