Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Register Now

For a winter full of music, dancing and stories register now for Kindermusik!

Kindermusik Village: Cock a Doodle Moo / Dew Drops
Hop on a hayride – and head for the farm with Cock A Doodle-MOO!! Share both new and familiar farm songs including Old MacDonald, Hayride and Clever Cows. Enjoy musical rituals that include massage, lap bounces, exercise and quiet time. At home learning continues with a playful pictures book of farm animals, an instrument and CD.

DewDrops takes you and your child into the middle of a flower garden, seeing the dew drops glisten in the morning sun and feeling the cool breeze blow. Varying styles of music are represented from the lively Celtic dance of the Belfast Hornpipe to the gentle, soothing melody of Scarborough Fair. Whether hammocking, dancing a jig, exploring a drum, singing a lullaby or using a mirror in vocal play activities, you can celebrate the joys of music and your special relationship

Kindermusik Our Time: AWAY WE GO! ages 1.5 to 3 years
Toddlers love to GO. Going is their gift, their license to venture out into the world and their means of retreating to the security of Dad or Mom. With toddlers' desire to go comes an attraction to other things that go - people, animals, pull toys, tricycles, cars, planes, and more. Away We Go! focuses on things that go. Together you’ll journey through fun and exciting musical activities relating to trains, cars, buses, horses, wagons, airplanes and boats.

At Home Materials include:
• Two Music and Movement Books
• Home Activity Book
• Two Home CDs
• Shiny Dinah Carry Box
• Featured instrument: pair of harmonicas

Kindermusik Imagine That: Toys I Make, Trips I Take! ages 3 to 5 years (parents join the last 15 minutes)
With the help of the Toy Maker, Toys I Make, Trips I Take will lead your child on a magical musical journey into a remarkable Toy Shop filled with boats, trains, balls, jack-in-the-box and many other toys. While activities within Toys I Make, Trips I Take are centered on a child’s pretend play and imagination, Imagine That! firmly integrates the learning process by placing a strong musical emphasis on singing, steady beat and ensemble, as well as rhythm and rhythmic patterns.

At Home Materials include:
• Toy Shop Play Set
• Two Literature Books
• Two Home CDs
• Kindermusik Hand Drum
• Imagine That! Backpack (free to all first-time IT enrollees!)

Kindermusik for the Young Child : Levels 2 and 4 (5 1/2 -7 years)
Building on the concepts introduced in Semester 1, Semester 2 in Kindermusik for the Young Child will excite the young mind as it focuses on concepts such as piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo, and legato/staccato. Explore string and woodwind instruments, notation, and even a bit of Beethoven. Apply new knowledge of aural skills, and read and write music notation while further developing glockenspiel skills. Lesson highlights include “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Orchestra,” and “Sing and Celebrate!”

Semester 4 is the final semester of this exceptional program. Together we will explore the sounds of wind with the introduction of the recorder! As this terrific curriculum winds down, students learn about verse and refrains, solos and chorus, and musical form (ABA and rondo). Review notation, rhythms, treble clef, and the scale. Highlights include “Meet the Recorder” and “World Music Celebration”.

At Home Materials include:
• Folder, Activity Pages and Stickers
• Weekly Music at Home cards
• Games Bag and Manipulatives
• Family Songbook and Home CD
• Glockenspiel (Semester 2)
• Recorder (Semester 4)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I couldn't resist borrowing this picture from my friend Amy from Kansas City. Here is a link to a fun Thanksgiving quiz. (I got 11 right - you?)

Have a happy Thanksgiving - eat, play, sing, dance, enjoy every minute.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Priority Registration Starts Today

Technically it is called "Spring" semester - but since spring is still a long way off for us, I found this confusing. I am calling it "Winter/Spring" -

The good news is REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY! Priority registration for currently enrolled families uns until November 30. Our spring classes are available on line with just 2 exceptions.

FAMILY TIME: Make Way for Music - is SO NEW - I don't yet have the graphic for it - I am hoping to have it ready on Monday. It is just as great as the previous 3 units - this time focusing on MUSIC - for goodness sake!

ABC MUSIC & ME - SING A STORY - NEW NEW NEW - I am offering a short session of ABC on Monday evenings 5:45 - 6:00. This is a new curriculum created by me (and a lot of other very creative people) for Kindermusik International. It is just a 4 week session that will introduce some simple keyboard concepts, the opera The Magic Flute, and some simple pre reading skills. The cost for the 4 week class is $60.00 and includes a CD and magazine with an original story published just for us.

If you want to register for ABC or Family Time - just send me an e-mail (helen.peterson@mchsi.com) and I will save you a spot until it is up on line.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Universal Filing System

I have had a professional organizer. I have taken organizing seminars and classes. I have subscribed to "get organized" newsletters. I often buy magazine with the words ORGANIZE and EASY on the cover.

No more - this makes more sense to me than anything I have ever seen, learned or had done to me. The universal filing system. This will do the trick.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Kindermusik Children's Fund

These are pictures of some remarkable children who are all being given the gift of Kindermusik through the Ruth D. Anderson Children's Fund. This program provides scholarships for Kindermusik classes to children with special abilities and needs. If you would like to contribute to the Ruth D. Anderson Children's Fund for Kindermusik contact me or Kindermusik International directly at 1-800-628-5687.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Biggest Playgroup!!

Yes, I think it was the "World's Biggest Playgroup"! I had a lot of fun leading such a big Kindermusik class - Thanks to the other local educators who helped out in a more hands on way: Melanie Watson (Plymouth) Allison Cramer (St. Paul) Deb Carlston (Long Lake), and our own Jennifer Halko, Robin Lamoreaux and Chris Michelsen. What a great team.

Monday, November 05, 2007

World's Largest Playgroup

Right on schedule it is getting cold - but don't worry about staying in. Come and see me at the World's Biggest Playgroup! I will facilitating some MONSTER Kindermusik classes and there is other great entertainment too. Come to the Mall of America on Tuesday November 6 to join the fun in the Rotunda. More information below and HERE

Agenda: On-Stage

8:45am – 9:45am Pre-Event Stroller Fit class
10:00am –10:05amWelcome from Babytalk
10:05am –10:25amKindermusik: Fiddle-Dee-Dee
10:25am –10:45amLouie Miranda performance
10:45am –10:55amStroller Fit demonstration
11:00am –11:15amRaffle
11:15am –11:35amKindermusik: Away We Go
11:35am –11:55amLouie Miranda performance
11:55am –12:05pmStroller Fit demonstration
12:10pm –12:25pmRaffle
12:25pm –12:45pmKindermusik: Fiddle-Dee-Dee
12:45pm –1:05pmLouie Miranda performance
1:05pm –1:15pmStroller Fit demonstration
1:20pm –1:35pmRaffle
1:35pm –1:55pmKindermusik: Away We Go
1:55pm –2:00pmFarewell Louie Miranda performance

2:00pmEvent ends
Agenda subject to change.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


A new store in Linden Hills, natural toys and creative pastimes for children and their families. Looks cute, check it out HERE