So I found this song on Facebook around the end of May. It’s such a happy sounding song I can listen to it over and over again. The message is simple yet profound: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The lyrics are the life journey of the artist, Alex Boye, who went through struggles as he tried to make it in the music industry. My favorite line is: “So many miracles are happening each day, if I can just get out of my own way.” I think that sometimes we do get in the way of good things coming our way when we worry and stew about situations or circumstances. I believe that faith and fear cannot coexist. So taking those lemons and making lemonade has become my new personal challenge! Hope you enjoy this song as much as I have!
Click HERE to watch the video on Radio Disney!
--Miss Amy :)
This summer we set some goals with our kids. Each child set different goals to accomplish before the end of July. Although they may have seen this as an attack on their summer, my purpose was two-fold: 1) I didn’t want them playing on electronic everything all summer long. 2) I feel strongly about the importance of teaching my kids how to set and achieve goals.
I have a 6th grader who doesn’t really know how to write or read in cursive. They go over letter formation quickly but unfortunately, don’t really teach it anymore. It’s a tragedy in my opinion. I also have a 3rd grader who ought to learn cursive this coming year in school. Knowing the outcome of that would not be satisfactory to me, one of their goals was to learn cursive writing.
It started out as a struggle but quickly turned around. I love getting to spend the time working with them and they get really excited when I put a star above the letters that are the best!
I want my kids to learn how to set, work and achieve goals so they know it’s ok to struggle at something. It’s ok to work hard. It’s ok to fail. You keep getting up and trying again. And when you work at something long enough and practice, you see the success at the end! I find they want too quickly to throw in the towel if something gets hard. That instant gratification idea is taking over their brains. So, we work on cursive writing. Time consuming, totally laborious cursive writing. And one day they’ll thank me for it!
Our dancers at Jeanne’s are like our own kids. We want the best for them. Our pre-teens and teens have dreams of their future. We want to make those dreams a reality for them. Helping them identify, set and work toward their goals so they can achieve those dreams is what we’re all about. Click HERE to read how we can help your pre-teen or teen reach for her dreams!
--Miss Amy :)
Butterflies can fill a tummy quicker than water balloons in summertime, when you're getting ready for an audition.
Read on for some awesome tips by our own Mr. Javy to make those butterflies disappear!
To all our Musical Theatre performers preparing for auditions on September 9th - BREAK A LEG!!!
Be sure to attend the Musical Theatre Audition Workshop for more tips from Mr. Javy and one on one help with Mr. Javy, Miss Amy & Miss Shannon! Click HERE to register. It's only $5 on Saturday, August 27th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Bring a Friend to join Musical Theatre too!
My youngest is going off to Kindergarten – and I’m torn inside. I’m jumping up and down doing a happy dance with all the free time I’ll have. And I’m huddled in a corner because my baby, my buddy for every errand, my daily lunch date is going to school. I even had the INSANE thought to hold him back just so I could keep him home one more year. I know. I’m crazy.
As hard as it will be to let him go, I know he’s ready. He’s had a little bit of a hard start having some speech issues. But we looked for ways to give him a head start so he would be ready for this big day!
One of the things we did was put him into the Mini Poppers and Tuff N Tumble classes at Jeanne’s. These classes were perfect for him to practice listening to a teacher, following directions, waiting his turn, making friends and interacting with peers. I’ve seen a huge amount of growth occur this past year and a large part of his success can be attributed to these classes. It’s a great environment where kids feel loved, have fun, learn through music and get to move! It’s total magic. And while I’m not ready for him to start Kindergarten, he totally is!
Click the links if you’d like to learn more about Mini Poppers, Tuff N Tumble, Princess Ballerinas or Combo. These are spectacular classes that will unlock your child’s imagination and really prepare them for pre-school and kindergarten!
--Miss Amy :)
It’s that time again! Personally, I love it and hate it. I love having my kids home in the summer. I love not worrying about homework and school projects. I love taking the kids swimming and hanging out playing games and watching movies. But, I do love the peace and quiet of the school day too. I’m sort of a mess inside when it comes to sending the kids back to school. Lol.
What are your favorite end of summer activities?
--Miss Amy :)
This summer I was determined to teach my 5 year old how to swim. He has a healthy fear of the swimming pool – which I am grateful for! We’ve worked on kicking, floating, using his arms (we call it “ice cream scoops” – a term that speaks to him!), climbing out safely and the rules for getting in. After giving him a pair of goggles, it was like a whole new world opened up to him!
One day we spent a particularly long time at the pool and he got the hang of diving for sinking toys and swimming back to the side by himself. I was the proudest mom ever! He had reached a new level in his understanding of swimming. It had taken a long time but he had really conquered a lot! Then the pool vacuum turned on. This cute little kid doesn’t really like the pool vacuum and unfortunately, this same day he made all this progress in his swimming, he was slightly traumatized by the pool vacuum.
Turns out when it climbs up the sides of the pool and gets just above the surface, the sucking sound the vacuum makes can be pretty unnerving to a 5 year old. I sat out there with him, holding him, showed him it was the vacuum and not a scary monster or animal, told him he was safe but all he heard was the loud sucking sound above the surface and cried. Terrified.
All the work he had achieved felt lost. Everything down the toilet because of the pool vacuum. He told me he never wanted to swim in that pool again. Great. #MomFail
But I am a firm believer of getting back on the horse after you’ve been thrown off. So we went swimming the very next night at my brother’s house and the day after that back to my parents’ swimming pool with the dreaded vacuum. Although it took some convincing, he swam like a fish and loved it! Watching him through the process of conquering that fear was hard to watch on the one hand but made me even more proud of my little guy than ever!
We all have fears. We all stumble. Sometimes because of our own mistakes and sometimes because of the pool vacuum. If we help our kids learn to dust themselves off, take baby steps, and get back up we will not only help them achieve something they thought was lost, but they’ll learn perseverance and endurance – two life skills that will be invaluable and take them far.
At Jeanne’s, helping kids through stumbling blocks is an important part of what we do. We’re not just there to teach technique and choreography. We want to give your kids life skills that will carry them past their fears so they achieve their dreams! Watch below to learn more about Jeanne’s School of Dance and what we can do for you!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!