A proud grandma watching her grandson grow and change through the magic of our 30-minute WeJoySing HeartStrings class took the time to share her excitement. A note of joy directed to Mrs. Cathy in Hilliard came via the Contact Us tab on WeJoySing.com. “As Everett’s grandmother, I want to say thank you to Mrs. Cathy for teaching Everett to love music and play with new friends. His little personality has exploded because of her loving personality and singing!”
Mrs. Cathy recalls the ‘happy accident’ that brought Everett and his Grandma into their first WeJoySing class. “They were new in town and decided to check out the community center to see what programs might be available. By chance, they did this on a Thursday morning, and someone at the center directed them to my class, which, also by chance, was the exact age group for Everett. They joined in enthusiastically and signed up for the session as soon as class ended.” Grandma Elizabeth pointed out that Everett’s Great Grandfather was a musician and high school band director for years, so it was exciting to share pictures with him of his grandson was learning all about music!!
This experience for both grandma and Everett was noticeably enjoyable as Mrs. Cathy points out her observations of the duo. “Grandma Elizabeth is an extrovert in every way. She played with enthusiasm, encouraged Everett and every other child in the class, and quickly made friends with all the other moms and grandmas in the class. (I think she even organized some field trips and play group time outside of class as well.) They often arrived early and would go around and greet all the staff and visitors in the Senior Center (where the classroom was located) and then come into my room. Grandma and Everett would then play a game where Grandma would jump from one carpet square to another, and ask, "This blue one? This green one?" until Everett chose the one he and she would sit on that day.”
“Everett is an observer, so although he participated in class, he initially did so quietly and stuck close to grandma's side. As he became familiar with the people and environment, he opened up and was all in. I was honored that he would often come to sit in my lap when it was time to read a story, and sometimes even chose me as his partner for circle games or other classroom activities.” Grandma also noted that “Everett was shy at first but started dancing, playing with instruments, interacting a lot more and knew all the little songs. Eventually he would love to sing for Mommy and Daddy in the evening after class and would often ask first thing in the morning if it was music day!”
Elizabeth loves that Everett was “learning to respect elders, teachers and other friends along with opening up and discovering the joy of music! I feel it was a very important first class with such a positive environment as we learn to listen to music, sing, share and follow directions!” What a fantastic experience for all involved. Come see for yourself, the magic of playful, joyful, musical memory making!
Singing through the Holidays!