Always Listening

I was recently reminded of the fact that my two year old is always listening.

Now, when I say “listening,” I don’t mean “following directions.”  I mean she hears what I say.  She is soaking everything in, even if she doesn’t act like she’s listening.

My daughter, Mary Mae, sometimes comes with me to my Monday Joyful Melodies groups.  We have the 10:15am Intergenerational Music Class, and then the 12:30pm Toddler Music Jam.  In the Intergenerational Music Class, we sang “The Bear Went Over the Mountain.”  I introduced some simple motions to go along with the song, and we sang it a few times together.  During class, Mary Mae sat quietly and did some of the motions with me, but didn’t sing along.

Later that day, as we were cleaning up from the Toddler Music Jam, I heard Mary Mae singing something quietly.  She had her hand up to her forehead.  When I leaned in to hear what she was singing, I heard, “And all that he could see…and all that he could see was the other side of the mountain.” She knew all the lyrics and motions, even though she hadn’t sung along or done all the motions in class.

When I start new class sessions I often have the parents recite a pledge.  It goes like this:

I, (name), promise never to be embarrassed by the behavior of my child, and promise never to judge other parents based on the behavior of their child.

Children might appear not to be paying attention in music classes.  They might run around, sit still and refuse to participate, or do the opposite of the leader’s instructions.  But later that day, or weeks later, you might find them singing the songs you thought they were ignoring.  Kids are always listening!

Have your kids ever surprised you by repeating something they heard?  What was it?  Share in the comments!

With joy,

Lauren

 

 

A Special Moment

We have been having so much fun in our Intergenerational Music Class!

We have a fantastic group of grandfriends at the Hearth at Prestwick, where our 10:15am class meets on Mondays.  I love these classes, because there are always special moments when you get older adults together with young children. Recently, we all colored heart shaped Valentines for each other and exchanged them.  It nearly made my heart burst with happiness to watch the grandfriends and young children wish each other a happy Valentine’s Day and give each other handmade Valentines.  The smiles on the faces of the older adults were priceless.  The kids are getting more friendly with their grandfriends every week.

Would you be interested in a weekday evening Intergenerational Music Class?  There may be one in the near future.  If Monday mornings works for you, join us at the Hearth at Prestwick at 10:15!  Register for the remaining classes in the session, or simply drop in for $15.  We’d love to have you with us!

With joy,

Lauren

Fun at Darrin’s

Have you been to Darrin’s Coffee Company in Clermont?  Darrin is a great guy who loves to host fun events at his coffeeshop.  When I told him about Joyful Melodies, he invited me to hold music groups there.  It’s been so fun!

If you have young kids and are free at 12:30pm on Mondays, come check out this group!  We sing songs, dance, play instruments, and have a great time.  Grab yourself a delicious coffee and watch your kids make new friends, practice social skills, and burn off energy just in time for a good nap.  🙂

Hope to see you soon!

With joy,

Lauren