Music for the Eclipse

in honor of the solar eclipse that passed over indiana on august 21, i’m sharing some of my favorite sun and moon songs!

Have you ever heard the song, “Mr. Sun?”  This song is a fun one to sing as you are getting your kids ready to play outside.  The next time you children are about to throw a fit about getting their shoes on, just start singing this song!  Sometimes a little music is all the distraction kids need to get through a difficult task.

I love “Here Comes the Sun.”  This song is nice and mellow, making it a good one to play during dinner or quiet play time.  Speaking of the Beatles, have you heard about the Netflix show “Beat Bugs?”  It’s a cute children’s show with animated bugs and Beatles music.  Check it out!

Another one of my favorites is “Moon Moon Moon,” by Laurie Berkner.  I like to add some simple hand motions, reaching up high or lifting my baby up high when the lyrics say to “look up, it’s the moon!”  This song is a good one to sing at bedtime.

Here’s a picture of my husband and daughter viewing the eclipse with a homemade pinhole projector.  Did you view this event with your kids?  Tell us about it in the comments!

With joy,

Lauren

A Special Grandfriend

I love Intergenerational Music Classes.

Prior to one class today, a grandfriend approached me.  In her hands she held a stack of children’s books. She explained that she used to teach preschool, and she was wondering if I’d like to use any of her books during story time today.  I told her that we would love to use her books, and asked if she would be willing to read the story herself.  She was initially hesitant, but then agreed and chose her favorite book.  She held it in her lap during the first half of the class, while we sang the hello song, played instruments, and did some dancing.

Finally, it was story time.  I spread out the story blanket by her chair and the children gathered near her.  She opened the book and read it beautifully.  She pointed out different things happening in the story and talked with the children about the pictures.  The kids loved it!

After the class ended, a parent went up to her and thanked her for reading the story.  She looked surprised and said, “I did?”  Because of her dementia, she had already forgotten that she led story time.

Moments like this make me love Intergenerational Music Classes.  This woman was given the chance to be back in her element and do what she had done for so many years: teach children.  She made some real connections with the children, and although she may not remember it, I believe it was a meaningful experience.

I feel so grateful for the opportunity to bring these different generations together using the shared experience of music.  If you are interested in trying out a class with your child, contact us!  We would love to have you.

With joy,

Lauren

What Happens in a Joyful Melodies Class?

Many parents wonder what happens in an early childhood music class.  Joyful Melodies offers a variety of music classes, many of which are designed for families with young children. The Mommy & Me classes are specifically for families and their young children, and the Intergenerational Music Classes take place in senior living communities.  The structure of the Intergenerational Music Classes is similar to the Mommy & Me classes, with just a few modifications designed to encourage the little ones and “grandfriends” to interact with one another.

All Joyful Melodies music classes for children 5 years and under are uniquely designed, but most Continue reading