Developing Creativity Through Music

  • August 15, 2014 7:37 am

It’s never too early to expose a little child to a variety of music forms. A love of music seems to be instinctive even to a baby. A mother’s lullaby can calm the newborn.

I remember visiting in the home of my son’s family. Their young daughter was (and is) a very active child. She had trouble falling asleep because her mind would continue racing and imagining. Her wise mother would play peaceful music softly on the CD player. It set such a sweet, calm atmosphere.I remember as a very young child dancing as my mother played the piano.

Expose your child to a variety of music styles. Play some Souza’s marches and all march around the house waving flags. Hand everyone a rhythm instrument and enjoy playing Latin music. Tape a strip of crepe paper to a stick and twirl it around as you dance to Swan Lake.

Let your child see you enjoy many types of music.

What a marvelous smorgasbord of musical genres are out there to be enjoyed…by all ages.

Free Grandma Bubbles E-books

  • August 8, 2014 8:09 am

Check out www.amazon.com; most days there is at least one of the Grandma Bubbles Books offered free in e-book format. Thanks for helping spread the work about this fun series of books for beginning readers, ages 3 to 6.

Questions, questions, questions

  • August 8, 2014 8:05 am

Yesteday I was babysitting three of my grandchildren. At one point I was reading a stack of books to them. The just-turned-3-year-old was sitting at my side. Throughout every book, he was constantly asking question after question. It was a little hard focusing on my reading, but I remembered that this was very typical of this age of child.

We learn by asking questions. It isn’t always the most beneficial to answer children’s question. Maybe a better way sometimes is to help them work out the answer themselves.

Cool Hiking Tip

  • August 1, 2014 5:40 am

I went hiking with some Cub Scouts the other day. One of the leaders brought a bunch of spray bottles filled with water for all the hikers. What a great idea! Not only were they handy for cooling us off but they were loads of fun for an impromptu water fight!

New Videos on Grandma Bubbles Website

  • July 26, 2014 2:53 pm

For an introduction to Grandma Bubbles Books for New Readers, check out the two new videos shown on this website.

Creating Nature Sounds

  • July 23, 2014 11:52 am

This is a lovely little website, creating a combination of nature sounds.

http://naturesoundsfor.me/

The Magic of Learning to Read

  • July 18, 2014 2:51 pm

I have a grandson whose parents read to him since he was born. Last year he started kindergarten but was still a little reluctant to read on his own.

Maybe four months ago his family bought some baby chicks and this little grandson discovered his life ambition–to become a chicken farmer! Not only did he he love taking care of these little critters, he also discovered that there were books about chickens in the public library. He checked out every book he could find about chickens…and ducks…and goats…and every other kind of animal, especially farm animals.

He has now become an expert on chickens…and he LOVES to read! Ahhhh, the magic of reading!

A Perfect Summer Day

  • July 11, 2014 6:43 am

This was my daughter’s Facebook most recent post:

“We took a trip to the library, the kids played in the fountains while I visited with a friend I ran into there, then we came home danced in the rain and ate watermelon slushies. After dinner we put on a horse rodeo in our basement where we were the horses and performed all sorts of tricks. Then the boys showed me a few of their very best magic tricks before I sent them to bed. Days like today help me to remember that I really do have the best job in the world.”

Can you think of a more perfect day?

 

Look Up!

  • July 7, 2014 2:20 pm

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We had our California grandkids out for a two-week visit, and we had a ball! One of the things we did was attend an air show, with stunt pilots cavorting across the sky and a magnificent performance of the Thunderbirds. Here’s a picture of me watching with amazement at the sight. I think one of the grandkids caught me in this pose and took my picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fourth of July

  • July 4, 2014 3:48 pm
4JULYCov2327142I enjoyed watching the local Fourth of July parade with our grandkids. I love the Fourth of July holiday, and I love this great land of America. God bless America!