"Rover" Sparks JOYFUL CREATIVITY in 2-3 yr Class!

I Found Rover!!!

I Found Rover!!!

Don’t you just love the creativity of 2 and 3 year-olds?  This week in the 2-3’s class, we went searching for Thumbman’s dog, Rover, who was hiding in the mulberry bush.  In our efforts to find Rover, we began to walk around the “mulberry bush,” which was a hula hoop on the floor. Suddenly, Samantha declared that she had found Rover.  I clapped and celebrated with her.  Then we continued with the game. She interrupted me to tell me again that SHE HAD FOUND ROVER, inferring that, clearly, I did not understand that there was no need to continue searching for him! 

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Not to be outdone, Hadley announced that she had found a chicken in the mulberry bush; and then the floodgates opened, and everyone was calling out what they had found in the mulberry bush, including birds, other dogs who are friends of Rover, and various other farm animals.  Then Luke joyfully announced that he had found a SKUNK in his mulberry bush!  Well, it seemed to me that the prudent thing to do at that point was to run (in place) to get away from the skunk. So, that’s what we did! 

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I must admit, I was giggling all the way through this, because their ideas were so creative, and their enthusiasm purely contagious!  I hope you had as much fun with Rover this week as I did! Who knows what we might find in the mulberry bush next week!  COME JOIN US and FIND OUT!!!

With Great LOVE for my Creative 2-3 year olds!
Mrs. Cathy

6 WAYS of JOYFUL LEARNING CAUGHT ON VIDEO

The More We Get Together - AT HOME!!

The More We Get Together - AT HOME!!

You won't believe this!!  These 2 videos were sent to me RIGHT AFTER I READ "What Does Joyful Learning Look Like!" (Oct. 28 post) Mrs. Megan's blog is all about the little ones who don't look like they are "participating" in class...you know, the children that sit in Mom or Dad's lap and just watch.  Parents often ask themselves, "Is my child "getting anything out of the class?' 

Well, TAKE A LOOK at these 2 videos.  This little fellow literally sits on Mom's lap throughout his whole WeJoySing class. His facial expression is intense and he hardly smiles. He rarely reaches for an instrument when offered. But look what he DOES HOME!!  EVERYTHING!!

Two Little Apples - AT HOME!!

Two Little Apples - AT HOME!!

I am deeply grateful to this Mommy because here's the proof that there is valuable learning taking place as the child sits and observes the class.  Observation is HOW this child learns, processes and internalizes the plethora of information experienced during class.
Research in early childhood development indicates that if the adult "steps in" and tries to manipulate the child or force "participate," the child's learning process is literally interrupt and the child will most often "shut down!"  During class, JOYFUL LEARNING can LOOK LIKE OBSERVATION!!  
  
These two videos bless my heart to pieces because:
1. Music continues at HOME!  THAT'S what WeJoySing is all about! - repetition in learning;
2. The music "play" was initiated by the children.  Mom had to run upstairs to "capture" these magical moments;
3. The little guy was joyfully "DOING" everything - down to the minutest detail - ON HIS OWN! 
4. The learning was experienced with someone he values, his sister.  
5. Sister is in an older WeJoySing age group, BUT knows all of brother's WeJoySing songs and activities, therefore is able to initiate the play-filled learning!  
6.  JOYFUL LEARNING at HOME!! 

La La's and Hugs!

From a Happy MRS. JO!!

Grandma states, "WeJoySing has been the BEST THING!"

Can music really help in my child's language, speech, movement and social development?  Grandmother Suzanne, who brings her grandchild to WeJoySing, answers that question and shares her first hand experience of the POWER OF MUSIC in her grandchild's life and development.  She writes,  

Lindsey is all about MUSIC - A JOYFUL WAY to LEARN and DEVELOP!!

Lindsey is all about MUSIC - A JOYFUL WAY to LEARN and DEVELOP!!

"WeJoySing has been the BEST thing for Lindsey who is in the Help Me Grow program because of speech delays.  Mrs. Julie was Lindsey's first WeJoySing music teacher. Lindsey started very young and was a non-walker. She was in Help Me Grow for speech therapy as well as physical therapy because at 22 months old she wasn't walking. It's important that you know that Lindsey took her first steps in Mrs. Julie's class when Mrs. Julie encouraged Lindsey to come and put her instruments away. It was so moving!!  She doesn't always do everything in class but she sure "takes notes" and then we do a lot of it at home. It has not only stimulated her but it gives her a bit of confidence!

ATTENTIVE LISTENING...

ATTENTIVE LISTENING...

Again, thank you for all WeJoySing has done for Lindsey! It has also give her mom and me hope that her speech will develop just as her walking did, no matter how long it takes!!
Grandmother Suzanne"

Suzanne, thank you for sharing Lindsey's inspiring story with us!  WeJoySing will continue to provide her with only THE BEST so that one day, she will "talk a leg off of you!"
With Great Respect and Appreciation,
Mrs. Jo