Sunday, August 26, 2018

Took a hike to Mattituck today!

What a beautiful, sunny day to have a class in Mattituck Laurel Library!
Class did not start until 11 am which gave me time to enjoy the scenery along my drive.  Passing the Northville tanks and remembering my own childhood.   My Mom would load all six of her precious little children into a chevy station wagon for a ride out to see Grandma at the Beach house in Jamesport on summer days.   Window wide open, wind blowing, singing most of the way until......... we would see the tanks.  The mantra of "I see the TANKS, I see the TANKS!"  Which ment we were almost there.  I didn't stop up to see the place.  I was mesmerized with all the change.  Old houses, just gone.  New buildings and a lot of wineries,  Potatoes were really crop back then. Potatoes and  peaches.   Lay's potato chip factory on occasion was a pit stop, Mom knew she was bring a mob of children and  a mob of cousins would be there.

As I came into Mattituck, I saw the presbyterian church where my cousin got married.  I realized that this town has change a lot in the last 30 years.

I found the Library, pulled in the wrong driveway but found my way back to come in an met a wonderful group of Children's Librarians.  So excited and engaged with their community and all of the children.

Reese, Grandma Barbara, Grandma Margaret, Katherine, Julitet.

I shared Little Folk’s Music with a wonderful, delightful endearing children ages 2 to 5 with the occasional older sibling. What a great day! What a wonderful memory made!
Thank you

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will."

Scientific community is finally catching up, to what every Parent KNEW!

This morning I woke up to an interesting link on my facebook account.  I must thank Dara! What she had posted is just another, in many, many articles about the human mind.  The title "Researchers study how babies think.  Click here http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/03/28/researchers_study_how_babies_think/?page=2

“Even something that looks like random, exploratory play can help children to learn and in some cases help them to learn better.’’ Alison Gopnik. 
This statement alone should turn the academic world back to re-research the curriculums presently in modern day school rooms.  Essentially, something most parents already know, our baby brains are capable of learning amazing amounts of information in a relatively short time.  Hence the everyday parental question; "When did he/she learn THAT?!!!!" and as they get older; "Who taught you that?!".  The reality is your baby is capable of making incredible inferences about their world faster that most adults CAN.    


When I was a baby, as I have been told, my mother would put me under the mulberry tree in the backyard in my playpen.  She be off working on cleaning her gardens, planting, hanging laundry, mowing the lawn.  She would periodically, look over at me, and say, "What are you singing about?" With the mind music research and the creation of Little Folk's Music, I might now have the ability to answer her question.  EVERYTHING!  
"It turns out that the baby brain actually contains more brain cells, or neurons, than the adult brain: The instant we open our eyes, our neurons start the "pruning process," which involves the elimination of seemingly unnecessary neural connections. Furthermore, the distinct parts of the baby cortex - the center of sensation and higher thought - are better connected than the adult cortex, with more links between disparate regions. These anatomical differences aren't simply a sign of immaturity: They're an important tool that provides babies with the ability to assimilate vast amounts of information with ease." 1
The infant mind is loaded with seemingly fleeting thoughts and stray sensations but these thoughts and sensations are a highly developed intellectual source. " I think she knows something and just can't tell me." 


I could continue with how the frontal cortex differs between infancy and adulthood but Little Folk's Music encourages the differences, for many reasons.  One being the mirror I hold up in front of my own face or in a class the child that reflects who I am or was.  


Although babies are born utterly helpless, within a few years they've mastered everything from language - a toddler learns 10 new words every day - to complex motor skills such as walking. According to this new view of the baby brain, many of the mental traits that used to seem like developmental shortcomings, such as infants' inability to focus their attention, are actually crucial assets in the learning process.  Gopnik argues that, in many respects, babies are more conscious than adults. She compares the experience of being a baby with that of watching a riveting movie, or being a tourist in a foreign city, where even the most mundane activities seem new and exciting. 
"For a baby, every day is like going to Paris for the first time," 


Little Folk's Music has always encouraged the alure of activities that ARE exciting and NEW maybe to you,,, mundane. ..  constant beats can change everything!  It's all perception. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

The underlying theme is respect;

Children need freedom in a Little Folk's Music class to explore musical instruments without 'interruptions, that is why drums and jingles are laid upon the floor while entering a Little Folk's Music class.

Multicultural melody with a constant beat is added as children squeal with delight! 

Sometimes walking with this beat comes naturally while playing the chosen instruments. As the musical piece comes to an ending the ever important and constant, 'Pass it along' song guides the group in putting away all of the musical props. 

The class gathers into a group at the beginning, with a constant beat the whole class learns each others name with 'My name is.....' During activities the children's interest and attention is focused on a specific topic and communication relates to the task. 

These musical activities help develop listening skills and confidence to speak in groups, develop social skills.
 
Little Folk's Music provides musical activities that encourage communication and sharing. The underlying theme is respect; the adults respects the individuality of each child, the children are free to explore.



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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Little Folk's Music: Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Monday, April 16th, BAYSHORE/BRIGHTWATERS Library @ 10 am second class @ 11. Come one Come ALL!!!!   http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=5247

We will be exploring 'FAMILY CHANTING'  How FUN!!




  

 


Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

"the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Monday, April 16th, BAYSHORE/BRIGHTWATERS Library @ 10 am second class @ 11. Come one Come ALL!!!!

http://bayshore-brightwaterspubliclibrary.org/location.htm

 

The Art of Family Chanting will be explored!!!!