HAPPY NOTES: Singing Accolades for Mrs. Cathy!

I’ll listen and watch Mrs. Cathy!

I’ll listen and watch Mrs. Cathy!

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!”

I’m the “Little Drummer Boy!!”

I’m the “Little Drummer Boy!!”

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!!

I’ll figure out how this thing works!!

I’ll figure out how this thing works!!

 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!”

Celebrating TOGETHER!!!

Celebrating TOGETHER!!!

 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!
Mrs. Kristi

How to Guide Your Child to be "Forever Young!"

Bob Dylan’s song, Forever Young, nearly captures everything I’ve ever wished for my children:  abundant blessings, the fulfillment of dreams, strength of character, happiness and love. (In case you’re too young to remember Bob Dylan, Blake Shelton has done a very nice re-make of this song and Simon & Schuster have publish a Children’s Book of the song.)

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May God bless and keep you always.
May your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others,
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars,
And climb on every rung.
May you stay forever young.

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May you grow up to be righteous.
May you grow up to be true.
May you always know the truth,
And see the light surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
And may you stay forever young.

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 May your hands always be busy.
May your feet always be swift.
May you have a strong foundation,
When the winds of changes shift,
May your heart always be joyful.
May your song always be sung,
And may you stay forever young.
May you stay forever young.

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But I also think this song speaks to us as parents.  It’s easy to go on auto-pilot when we’re with our kids because we have “real-life” things to think about.  But it’s important for us to spend time with our children in their world, not just drag them along in our adult world. We need to teach them that to be forever young is to be young at heart: to run and play and giggle and sing and act silly. These are the things that make for wonderful memories and precious bonding moments with your children.  And as a WeJoySing teacher, I hope that the songs, stories and games and that make up our WeJoySing classes are the tools that you will take with you, to help make ordinary days special for you and your child. 

It seems to me that the last 3 lines of the song sum up the essence of  WeJoySing.  As we approach the holidays and the start of a new calendar year, this is my wish for all our WeJoySing families:  May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung, and may you stay forever young.

Forever Young & Young at Heart!!
Mrs. Cathy!