Celebrate the Power of Music

by Molly Mc-Goff Brunner
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Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, ZUMBINI is an early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0 to 4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for you and your child.

Music is present in our lives on a regular basis from movies and TV that use music to enhance our visual experience to times of worship and celebration such as graduation or a birthday. ZUMBINI itself is a celebration of the power of music to enhance our lives, stimulate learning, inspire dance, explore movement, and strengthen the bond between child and caregiver/parent.

Zumbini3ZUMBINI is different from other programs because we don’t teach music. We use music to teach. Research has shown that exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills. This is because music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team. When dancing and moving to music children develop better motor skills whereas singing along to a song helps them practice their voice and speech and supports the development process in learning the sound, tone, and words.

I am so happy to bring the ZUMBINI program to Om Baby.

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Molly Mcgoff-Brunner.jpgMolly McGoff-Brunner

I am Molly McGoff-Brunner, a stay at home mom of two of my own amazing kiddos, Noah, 5 and Anyston ,3.  Plus a bonus kid on the weekends – Addison, my step-daughter, is 12.  Needless to say they keep me and my husband pretty busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Born and raised in Carlisle, I graduated from Carlisle High School and then attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where I earned my BS in Sports and Recreation Management.

In my efforts to get back into shape after my second baby I rediscovered my love of fitness classes.  As they say “do what you love, love what you do” so I decided to begin a journey of certifications and now I am a licensed instructor in Zumba, POUND, Generation POUND, and ZUMBINI.  I have a passion for working with children and want to make fitness FUN so it becomes part of their healthy lifestyle.

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The Joy of Creating Art with Children

-by Abby Leese

In her book The Gifts of ImperfectionBrene Brown writes, “If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing—it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.”

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It is my experience as well that learning to make meaning by practicing making meaning is as important for a child as it is for an adult.  The more comfortable we are with ourselves as makers, the more comfortable we can be with our role in contributing to the world around us.

Encouraging children to create and play in a safe, engaging space is one of my passions and one of the gifts I feel I can offer to my community. Providing children with children interesting art and play materials and giving them the freedom to explore yields incredible results in terms of the art a child makes and in terms of their everyday lives.

Art instructor, Meri Cherry says, “I think creativity at its core is all about making connections, either with ourselves, our ideas, or those around us. The very act of making allows for a different kind of freedom that can connect us to who we truly are.”

I too believe that we get in touch with our thoughts, our feelings, and gain a sense of self when even the youngest of us take time to create.  We make meaning, learn to problem solve, and gain a sense of the beauty in the world when we make art.

The joy of creating art with children is about more than the product they create – it is about helping them find joy, confidence, and connection in the process of making something new.


View More: http://juliehagenbuchphoto.pass.us/leeseAbby Leese

I am an innovative thinker with a commitment to nurturing creative thinking with children. I have led Art wtih Kids at Dillsburg Farmers’ Market several Saturdays a Summer for four Summers. Beginning in 2019, I’ll be joining Om Baby to teach Budding Artists and other children’s art classes.  I am the mother of a seven year old innovator. I am also the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Etters where I value creativity as a way to connect to other people, to ourselves, and to our faith.

You can connect with Abby on Instagram at @art_with_kids.

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