You moms don't know how happy you have made Erin and me this week!! Hooray for some readers who are alive. At my last count we had 16 different moms contributing at least 40 brilliant ideas for last week's theme (it was hard to get an accurate count since some ideas overlapped or were repeated). Wasn't that nice to get a few more ideas than just the meager two or three Erin and I come up with? That was the idea we had when coming up with this blog, to create a large parenting resource by pooling everyone's ideas. I bet every reader went away with at least one new and useful activity to add into their parenting arsenal. And I bet every mom that contributed only spent a few minutes brainstorming and then typing them up. Think of the return on that investment: 5 minutes for 40 ideas! Now I'm not doing a giveaway this week (next month I will), but I hope you still want to participate after seeing the fantastic wealth of knowledge that accumulates when everyone adds their thoughts on a subject.
Now for this week's theme: Music. Confession time again. I love hearing music, but have no natural ability in this area beyond keeping a beat. And unfortunately my home is not the highly musical environment that it could and should be. I know there is a lengthy list of healthy side-effects of music: creativity, emotional expression, improved academics, increased memorization, etc., and of course I want all that for my kids. So, my new goal is to bring music into our daily (or weekly) routine. I know I can sing and dance to silly kids songs, but I have a hard time keeping that interesting for very long. Please tell me, how do you successfully bring music and music appreciation into the lives of your children? Do you make musical instruments, play rhythm games, sing favorite songs? Give me all your best ideas.
Here are a few sites I found that might interest you:
freekidsmusic.com You can download tons of free kids music here.
kidsmusicplanet.com This site gives info on kids radio programs and podcasts.
creatingmusic.com An interactive site designed to get kids involved in creative musical play.