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Tiny Tunes

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When you were a teeny, tiny little one did you have any favorite tunes?

A song that you remember singing all the time?

Or a particular song sung to you by someone?

Today as I spent time with my 3 youngest nephews I got to thinking about this…

You all know just how much I love music. I grew up with it.

Listening to all sorts of oldies in addition toΒ  Fleetwood Mac, Journey, The Beatles, U2, Christopher Cross, CCR, Simon & Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Taylor Dane and loads more. Listening to mom’s records and both mom & dad’s tapes … owning my own tapes & CDs …now my music library chalked full with digital files that is ever growing.

As a kid I was sung to all the time. From itsy bitsy spider in the bath as a wee little one at home to begging my Aunt Sue to sing Puff the Magic Dragon 50 million times when we’d visit. Music was always there and very much loved.

With my 3 youngest nephews I find myself singing to them A LOT! To soothe them when they’re upset and to spark giggles and smiles at any given time.

B. Shane’s favorites sung by all of us were You Are My Sunshine and the ABCs. Not to mention all the songs from Thomas the Tank Engine & the Wiggles… we’d do motions, and dance and just be silly. Though now,Β  at age 10 he’d be quick to deny any and all of these ever occurred! πŸ˜‰ His current favorites are now The Beatles,Β  Linkin Park & Green Day plus anything he can play on his guitar!

Here’s my favorite version of You Are My Sunshine

P. Dub is absolutely hysterical when music comes on. At the young age of 14 months old he already has quite an eclectic taste in tunes. From Twinkle,Β  Twinkle Little Star he has moved on to Green Day and If You’re Happy & You Know It. Yes, that is correct…. Green Day. B. Shane puts it on and P. Dub goes bonkers dancing along. It’s the cutest thing ever!!! If my laptop was up and running I’d share a video of this sweetness… grrr! Another favorite he demands his “gamma” sing again & again is Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

As for the newest, almost 2 month old nephew, J-Man… who knows what his favorite will be… we shall have to wait & see.

Little bro and I have already discussed staging a music intervention on the boys if they only end up listening to top 40, Pop, R&B & rap! According to little sis, Extreme’s “More Than Words” is a hippie song, so we may have our work cut out for ourselves! πŸ™‚

In my opinion AND experience, exposing a child to music is just as important as reading. Music allows children to express themselves in ways they may not yet be able to communicate verbally… it has the power to teach (as made evident in my classrooms over the years)… it allows for creativity & independence.

From tiny tunes for toddlers to classical to contemporary to iconic artists spanning across the decades, music is a language of its very own.

What songs do you remember from your childhood?Β  What music/artist have you carried with you through the years from your childhood?

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The Magical Power of Stickers

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I would do just about anything to get stickers.

It didn’t matter what kind of sticker either… puffy stickers, glitter stickers, scratch ‘n sniff stickers, garbage pail stickers…. I didn’t discriminate by any means. If it was a sticker I had to have it!

In kindergarten, at the innocent age of 5 years old I went to get my ears pierced with my mom, dad and grandma. I was a wimp & pretty sure I cried even before they came near my ears. The one thing that got me through was the promise of stickers after I had both ears pierced. Immediately afterwards dad held true on the promise… I got stickers.

Now these just weren’t any ordinary stickers… they were the COOLEST nail stickers ever!

These were the closest i could find the resembled the ones I got ...

They were icecream cones, rainbows & butterflies that you stuck right on your nails. I thought they were the best things ever… even sharing them with my friends at school.

They held great power for me 27 years ago & now I see their influence & magical abilities on a daily basis at work.

From reinforcing appropriate behaviors & words to potty training to rewarding good deeds to brave littles that get hurt to visiting littles, stickers have the power to make all in the world right… even if it is in the minds of a 2 year old.

Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than one of our littles running over to tell me that they went on the potty and earned a sticker… Or their teaching praising them for using their words (nice words at that) instead of their hands earning the little a sticker. Their excitement over a little sticky piece of
paper they proudly plaster on their shirt (or hand, forehead or nose for that matter) is so cool!

The most popular sticker of choice recently seems to be Disney’s CARS.

Winners with the littles

I’ve come to find they are a hot commodity
when working with littles… just sayin’.

There have been a few ocassions where I was slacking and didn’t have any stickers & was forced to improvise… what does one do??? Post-it notes come in very handy for reasons other than cluttering my desk & computer screen. Yep, a post-it note with a big ‘ol smiley face slapped on it amazingly has the same effect of smearing a big ‘ol cheesy smile across a 4 year olds face too!

Sometimes it takes sitting back & observing a bunch of littles … really makes ya appreciate the simple things in life. Something as little as a sticker helped to not only make the day of a two year old but also made an ever-dreaded Monday much brighter for this 32 year old gal.

So when you’re having an off day or a blah moment… give it a shot. Go buy yourself a sticker. It may just work!

What’s something special you received as a reward when you were a kiddo?<strong

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***Music Links are now up and running! I hope πŸ˜‰ ***

Ok.

Turning it around….

My Apologies …

to my bloggin’ buddies, coworkers,Β  friends and family who had the privilege of hearing me vent/complain…a result of my pure exhaustion!

The last couple of days have been excessively busy & extraordinarily LONG…

Just a little overwhelmed for a brief period in time, but rest assured, all is absolutely,Β  perfectly, A-OKAY in my neck of the woods.

Today, I was reminded that while I was in fact complaining, I wasn’t worrying!Β  (Thanks for helping me to acknowledge that bloggin’ buddy!)

Yay!Β  The sweet taste of success is so awesome! πŸ™‚

That reminder helped to turn my day around…

I have let go of my worries for a whole week now… wasn’t quite as difficult as I had imagined it would be thus far! Praying on things and letting go of all that is out of my immediate control is working.

I ended my work day by spending about an hour in the toddler classroom. One NEVER knows what will occur when 6-10 toddlers, ranging from 12 months – 36 months, have commingled for some 8 hours or so already by the time I arrived in their room.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to my day!

From coloring the letter “u” and passing cars back & forth with the one year olds… to making fruit loop rainbows with the 2 & 3 year olds… to everyone gathering round while I started singing “If You’re Happy & You Know It”… a HUGE smile snuck it’s way on to my face.Β 

Their smiles and contagious laughter did the trick for ending my day on the “up” side. How could I not smile as I’m watching all these little bodies bebopping & weeble-wobblin’ all over the place? Especially when one of the wee little ones came barrelling over, falling into my lap to give me a hug. πŸ™‚

I came home put my favorite playlist on, cranked up the tunes & lost myself in my “Happy Songs” while singing my heart out and a dancin’ fool… ummm. I meant cleaning…, ya cleaning. πŸ˜‰

Any case… my day was a good day.

Thanks to a little reminder from a friend…

some laughter/hugs shared with my littles at work …

And some good ‘ol reliable music therapy…

What made you smile today?

Heres a couple songs that did the trick for me!

First Tube by Phish

Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction

Find My Way by Gabe Dixon Band

Supermassive Black Hole by Muse

Goodnight all!

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