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20 Benefits of Music For your children

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By Jan Udlock

Teens This Summer: Whatcha gonna do? Summer is upon us and school is out! Kids have been looking forward to these weeks but now what? Young kids can play outside without much encouragement. You can give a six year old a clean paintbrush and a bucket of water, and he’s good to go for hours. However, 13, 14, and 15 year olds are not so easily “entertained.” They are old enough to get into trouble but not old enough to get a “real” job. So what can they do this summer with all of their time? Parents can sit down with their young teens and discuss all of the different options that are available to them. “Summer activities that encourage certain values that parents want to instill in their teens for example, hard work, compassion, learning about other cultures, can be investigated,” offers Dr. Jim Taylor, author of Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child. Volunteer Volunteering teaches leadership skills, how to deal with the public, and provides the teen a chance to focus on other people’s needs. Servenet is one of Youth Service America’s, online resource for youth ages 11 - 25 looking for ways to volunteer. Your child puts in their zip code and a list of volunteer choices in your area comes up. Use this list to start a discussion with your teen about organizations that they would like to support. Check out, an online community partnership between YSA and celebrity Miley Cyrus,  mckinneykidsmagazine July/Aug 2010

where teens can support each other in their mission to “do good.” Teens are posting blogs, photos, and videos of what they’re doing to make their communities a better place. Look out for your neighbors and see if an elderly widow needs her grass cut over the summer or if a couple down the street need some yard work. Maybe there is a young couple with a baby in your neighbor that could benefit from some babysitting. Talk and listen to your kids about the importance of volunteering their time versus getting paid for their work. When is appropriate to provide a service for free to someone who can’t afford it? “I think manual labor or mundane labor is a great learning experience for teens, particularly in the privileged and insulated world in which many kids are raised. It shows the value of hard work, the value of a buck, the direct relationship between earnings an hourly wage and producing something, how most people in America work and a set of lifelong skills,” says Taylor. Start a Business Your teen can also use this opportunity to learn how to start and run a business. “Running a business teaches important skill sets that kids will need throughout their lives, such as decision-making, strategic-planning, calculated risk-taking, creativity, financial management, communication, teamwork, etc,” says Melissa Rose, MBA, president and owner of Bizinabox.

You can discuss with your kids different jobs that they can come up with around your neighborhood. If you live in a rural area, your kids can sell eggs or buck hay. Kids can become the summer pet sitter and or be hired to weed someone’s garden. Your daughter may teach music lessons to younger children. Do you have a budding computer geek in your midst? Can she teach a class? Help your child design a four week beginning computer class for seniors. She might confess that it’s all too simple but remind her that there are grandparents out there that still don’t know how to “cut and paste” web addresses so they can see pictures of their grandchildren. More Educational Choices Baby sitting classes provide knowledge, skills and training for 11 - 15 year old youth. Contact the Red Cross in your area to see if they provide this valuable class. Any child old enough to babysit, should look into taking a CPR class. Local community pools offers lifeguarding classes to kids 15 years old and older. In certain states kids can take driver’s education over the summer to get it out of the way. Both boys and girls can take self-defense classes through parks and recreation department. Some students may need extra help in the school and summer time may be the time to hire a Math tutor to work weak Math skills. On the other hand, you may have a student that loves learning and wants to excel in a certain area and hiring a tutor may help them exceed in their school endeavors. You might have a retired engineer living next to you that you could make arrangements for extra tutoring lessons.

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Boredom is Good “Mom, I’m bored” strikes fear in some parents because they think it’s their responsibility to entertain their child. As a parent, you can offer your child the reassuring words that you have faith in them that they can handle boredom. And ask your child what are you going to do about it? “A part of summer vacation should be devoted to down time, meaning just hanging out at home and taking it easy. Kids need time to rest and recharge. So much of kids lives are go, go, go,” says Taylor. What If? What if your child doesn’t want to do anything but play video games, text, and hang out with friends. Taylor suggests, “I have a saying, “Doing nothing is not an option.”’ Talk with your kids and ask them why do they not want to try something new. Is it scary? Is your child fearful she will fail at it? Remind her that trying something new is all about trial and error. She’ll learn something that she didn’t know before. While summer break means no school work, it doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Plan some fun activities with your kids and encourage them to try something new. Jan Udlock is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom of 5. She loves both jobs most of the time.

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By Dr. Joann Lin McKinney Allergy and Asthma

Allergies Caused by Insect Stings can be alarming

Summer is upon us and it’s time to watch out for all the creepycrawly, flying insects that love the heat as much as people do! Most insect stings are an itchy nuisance, but, for some, a bite or sting can be much more alarming and lead to severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions.  How to treat an insect sting Most people will develop itching, pain, swelling, and redness confined to the sting/bite site.  With fireant stings, the itchy bump later develops into a small blister. There is little chance of infection unless it is scratched opened. When healed, these lesions may leave scars. For insect sting treatment, disinfecting the area (washing with soap and water) and applying ice will help to reduce the swelling.  Antihistamines can help control itching and reduce the chance of infection developing when the skin is scratched open.  Some people may develop significantly larger reactions where an entire arm or leg will swell.  Medical attention may be required if the swelling causes significant pain or does not subside.  Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be prescribed to lessen the discomfort. What are the symptoms of insect sting allergy? People with true insect sting allergies develop severe, lifethreatening symptoms after insect stings because their immune system overreacts to the venom.  About 0.5-5% of the US  mckinneykidsmagazine April/May 2010

population develop these symptoms after insect stings. These severe allergic, or anaphylactic, symptoms include: •Hives, itching and swelling in areas other than the sting site •Tightness in the chest and difficulty in breathing •Hoarseness or tongue swelling •Dizziness and fainting •Stomach cramping •Nausea and/or diarrhea Most allergic reactions to insect stings in the US come from wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, bees, and fireants.  Mosquito bites very rarely lead to anaphylaxis. How are allergic reactions to insect stings treated? Life-threatening allergic reactions can progress very rapidly within minutes and require immediate medical attention. Emergency treatment usually includes medications like epinephrine, antihistamines, and in some cases, corticosteroids, intravenous fluids, and breathing treatments. Avoiding insect stings Knowing how to avoid stings leads to a more enjoyable outdoor experience. Stinging insects are most active during the summer and early fall. Some interventions include: •Avoid wearing sandals or walking barefoot in the grass. Honeybees and bumblebees forage on white clover, a weed that grows in lawns throughout the country •Never swat at a flying insect. If need be, gently brush it aside

•Be careful when you drink from open beverage cans. Stinging insects can crawl into an open can •When eating outdoors, try to keep food covered at all times •Garbage cans stored outside should be covered with tightfitting lids •Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes, hair sprays, colognes and deodorants •Avoid wearing bright-colored clothing •Wear appropriate covering to minimize skin exposure during yardwork and gardening

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•Keep window and door screens in good repair. Drive with car windows closed •Keep prescribed medications handy at all times and follow the attached instructions if you are stung •Insect repellants are more effective against mosquitoes and tics. Those containing DEET should not be used in children under 2 months of age.  Oil of eucalyptus products should not be used in children under 3 years old.  When applying insect repellant, apply to only exposed skin but avoid their hands, around the eyes, or any areas where there are cuts or irritated skin.  When using combination products with DEET and sunscreen, you may reapply sunscreen but the combination product should not be reapplied because repeated application may increase the potential toxic effects of DEET

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Summer Fun Activities Grow a Good Garden This Summer

by Daniel Brown

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Hey kids are you getting bored at home? Do you want to enjoy the summer vacation in a different way?Are you looking for some fun activities?Don’t worry,there are a number of things you can do this summer.How about gardening?Gardening is a favorite hobby of many of us.If you are still ignorant about it just go for it and you will surely end up with a wonderful experience. You are never too little or too old to start gardening.Children always enjoy watching the plants grow.If you are interested in gardening as a parent you can always encourage your children to make the world round green.This will not only keep them busy in something constructive but will also help them to engage in environment friendly activity.Their little effort can be a great step towards making this earth green and beautiful.

Let your kids decide whether they want to plant vegetables or flowers.Whatever their choice is help them to find plants that are easy to grow.For example Zinnias,Sunflowers,Petunia s and Marigolds are easy to grow.While planting them check the instructions on the labels and ask your child to follow them.You should also teach them how to water the garden and how to spread mulch. Kids love gardening and there can be no greater summer fun for them than watching beautiful flowers,birds and butterflies.If you find that your kids are really interested in gardening then you can take their hobby one step further by encouraging them to plant the seeds in a particular pattern to form a word or a smiley face. You can get them bedding plants like busy Lizzie or pansy to do this.


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fly to safety.Keep the bird bath in a place that is clearly visible from the window.This will help the kids to watch birds leaving them undisturbed.As soon as the birds understand that they are safe in your garden they will keep on coming. Along with gardening your kids will also develop the hobby of bird watching.You can encourage them by getting books containing the name and picture of different bird species. This will help them to recognize the bird species coming to your garden.Besides of attracting birds you can help your kids to plant Buddleia,Milkweed and Asclepias as they attract colorfulbutterflies. This way kids will not only enjoy their summer vacation but will learn a lot about nature.

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A Strong-Willed Child: Can do and won’t do By Lori L. Ellis, PhD

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You Do the Math

listen; they are very intelligent and are seeking a way to control

Is your child exhibiting more of the characteristics listed

the world they are in with as little resistance as possible. They

below than not?

aren’t behind others in development, they are ahead of others

Will fight in any manner to get their way?

and frustrated with those who in their minds won’t catch up

“That’s mine and will always be mine” behavior?

with them.

Doesn’t understand or respond to any aspect of the word “no?”

Finding Peace for All

Frustrated when they can’t accomplish something they

So, what can families do with a strong willed child? The “what

think they should be able to accomplish?

to do” or “how to do” has been written about by many experts

Everything they do seems to be done at super speed

and you can find this advice in many books. You should spend

Their rules are the only rules?

more time learning and practicing the “when to do” part of

Sound familiar? Yes, your child is strong willed.

dealing and helping strong willed children. How many of you would agree that strong willed children are

Let’s Be Clear

a gift? For those of you who do, I applaud you. You are most

Let’s be clear on what a strong willed child is not. A strong

likely already making greater strides than you know in helping

willed child not is trying to destroy your family. They do not

your strong willed child. Strong willed children are born with a

desire to “be bad”. They are not masters of manipulation;

temperament that is very diverse. The temperament of a strong

they only believe they should be able to master anything.

willed child is like a boat traversing across waters they see as

They don’t lack the ability to understand, be responsible or

stormy and are fighting their boat at every turn. They want so

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much to reach the distant shore and single-mindedly believe they can get there without any help. Even if you are allowed to be a ship mate, you will be treated much worse than a shipmate who travelled with Captain Bligh. When you discover when to help them and when to just let them be in their “full steam ahead” way, everyone will be happier and experience more peace.

When to Help and When to Let It Go Before you learn when to help it is necessary to do some reading on types of temperament in children. There are only four types of temperament even though it seems there ought to be at least forty. To help you get started in your research about these types, let me give you four short descriptions.

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The third temperament, I call the “Little Professor”. Little Professors are perfectionists. They are moody and they abhor change. Little Professors tend to be “all or nothing” in their evaluation of things in life. Little Professors are intolerant and impatient with those who do not see things their way. The fourth temperament, I call the “Easy Rider”. Calm and steady, but very stubborn. Easy Riders are not motivated and will do anything to do little of anything. Easy Riders do not engage in activities that force them to take action. Easy Riders can be quite selfish.

How Will I Know When to Help? At The Behavioral Advantage we can teach you effective strategies for dealing with your strong willed child. Knowing when to help or even re-direct will take practice. We can teach you how to execute behavioral planning that will benefit all members of your family.

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By Liz Sheffield

Reading Classics

Sure to Inspire Your Child This Summer

Remember the long summer days of lying on a blanket under the gigantic oak tree with a bowl of cherries, reading Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery or The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and truly allowing your imagination to go to another place and time? Most of the books we read had no pictures, but I still remember the setting as vividly as if I had been there yesterday. The funny thing is that I’ve never been there but, my imagination has and THAT has made all the difference. Today, there is no doubt that our children have more options to keep them entertained than we had 20 or 30 years ago. Between summer camps that cater to every interest and the entire electronic world, our children have more choices than they know what to do with. Yet, it’s common to hear the infamous whine, “I’m bored” or “There’s nothing to do.” The thought that modern technology could prevent my kids from experiencing the serenity of spending a lazy summer day immersed in a book creating lifelong memories is simply unacceptable. Jane Doe, LPC tells us that the main reason our kids are more bored in a time of endless opportunities is because modern activities require little to no imagination. “Video games and electronic devices have become so technologically advanced and creative that players have no need to think for themselves. Virtual games literally place kids in mock settings that deter independent ideas or thoughts.” If you’re interested in getting your children’s creative juices flowing this summer, consider minimizing their electronic time and maximizing trips to your local library or bookstore. And considering all the parks, lakes and outdoor beauty McKinney has to offer, there is no reason why your kids can’t create memories of sitting under the shady oak tree or relaxing near the pond with a great book! The following suggestions of classic reading materials are sure to get their imaginations running at full speed for an inspirational, memorable summer. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm in Canada. There she proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 1908. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Four English children find their way through a huge

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wardrobe in an old house to the mysterious land of Narnia, which is under the spell of the White Witch. For grades 4–7 and older readers. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After becoming an orphan, Mary—ill-tempered and neglected—is sent to live on an uncle’s huge estate where she meets an equally wretched cousin who is an invalid. Together they conspire to restore a locked, secret garden while the boy regains his health and his father’s affection. For grades 4–7 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Young Jim Hawkins finds a map in a dead seaman’s possessions. His friends, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey, realize it’s a treasure map. They hire a ship, unaware that the crew includes the pirate Long John Silver. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 1881. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White A little girl who can talk to animals is devoted to both Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who saves Wilbur’s life. This sensitive story is a delight for children of all ages as well as adults. For grades 3–6. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. After injuring his right hand, fourteen-year-old Johnny, a silversmith’s apprentice, becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American

Revolution. He meets Massachusetts patriots and becomes involved in events leading to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. For grades 5–8. Newbery Medal. 1943. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Nine-year-old Cassie Logan recalls a turbulent time in Mississippi during the Great Depression—a year of night riders, burnings, and threats. She describes her African American family’s struggle to survive with their dignity and independence intact. Some strong language. For grades 6–9. Newbery Award. 1976. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary Ramona likes her kindergarten teacher, Miss Binney. Ramona also likes Davy—so much she wants to kiss him. So why does Ramona keep getting in trouble? Part of a series. For grades 2–4. 1968. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. When her tribe moved, a Native American girl was accidentally left behind on an island off the California coast. She tells about the eighteen years that she managed to survive and to find comfort, beauty, and, at times, joy in her solitude. For grades 6–9. Newbery Medal. 1960. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl When James’ parents die, he is sent to live with his wicked aunts. One day, someone suspicious gives him a bag of green things to make something spectacular, but James accidentally loses them, and all of them disappear. Suddenly, a gigantic peach grows from an old, dead, tree, which will bring James to anywhere away from his nasty aunts. For grades 3-5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls It is about a boy who buys and trains two redbone coonhound hunting dogs. This book is a popular choice for early middle school reading classes, with a reading level appropriate to grades 4 and up. 1961.

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Young Life..not just another organization

by Danny Sipiora

There exists an organization that has the worthy goal of bring-

meetings just to gather notes and compile facts. Then I decided to

ing teenagers to God, I’ve got nothing against that, but some-

go to the club again, just to see. And for the next to two years my

times I question their techniques.

column was untouched and reminded that way until now.

They try so hard to be relevant that I can’t help thinking that their

Because one night, at 10:47pm, sitting alone in my boxers, looking

training must include at least one hour of MTV a day. I under-

at the pale blue glow of my computer screen I realized there is

stand and respect what they are trying to do. They want to make

more to Young life then games and guitars, And there was more

Christianity appealing to the younger generation-but Jesus holds

to Christianity then the stories I heard through Sunday school and

no more appeal when you call Him “dude” and his disciples “His

from my Grandpa. So for the rest of my high school career I at-


tended club every Monday and even went to Young life’s summer camp twice.

Their well meaning attempt to make a connection with teenagers

I’m not saying that YoungLife is the only way to find and have a

often falls short when they assume, because of my age, that I talk

relationship with God, but for me it was my outlet. My break from

and think a certain way. I may or may not want to join their orga-

the stresses of home, life and the world, just to learn of a God that

nization but I can’t make that decision in the school cafeteria or …

loves me more then anyone, just for who I am, even if I didn’t love myself.

And right here, at this very moment, I realized I was wrong. So the girl you like thinks you’re not that cute and kinda weird, What you just read was the beginning of a column I started writ-

but do you really care? Honestly, if the creator of the entire

ing sophomore year, I was so fed up with people trying to spoon

universe and everything in it, is your biggest fan, then whatever

feed Christianity to high schoolers that I found it my obligation to

what’s-her-face thinks, doesn’t really matter anymore.

try and demote organizations that I thought were just slapping the “Jesus” brand on a social club to attract more attendance.

I’ve had many rough patches in my life and the scars show up sometimes no matter how hard I try to hide them, but through

Before I started writing my column I attended two Young Life

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the love of God I can find balance in my life. Regardless of what

comes next, I know that God will be there and cares for me. So now, more then two years later and a recent graduate of high school, I have decided to finally finish this column, not by ending it with my original last line. “God doesn’t need a gimmick� but by saying to all the readers that you can’t do it by yourself and as much you think you have your life under control, you really don’t. I challenge you to search anywhere and everywhere for God. I promise you will find Him, because He is looking for you.

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God is waiting for you to come to Him, but if your ten steps away from God he’s only going to take nine. For me, taking that one step forward was the last step this shy, depressed, low self-esteemed Danny ever took.

During his senior year, Danny

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newspaper. He plans to attend the University of Missouri this

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Summer Camp Guide

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Kids painting parties. Let us host your next Birthday Party. An art instructor will guide you step by step to create a masterpiece. 10 person minimum, $25/ person. Choose your own painting. Call for details.


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Eagle Gymnastics Academy

We will be hosting fun filled summer camps starting in June for children 3-14 yrs of age. With the aid of our qualified staff, your child will learn quality gymnastics as well as play games in our air 972-712-4644 conditioned facility. Come and flip with us from www.eaglegymnastics.comMonday through Thursday and bring a friend. The times for the weekly camps vary, so please contact us today to book your time.

Primrose School of Eldorado & Primrose School of Stone Brooke

Enrolling for summer and fall. Children ages 6-12 can join us for Camp Primrose 2010. Weekly prices have been rolled back to $160. Make this a summer to 972-529-2091 remember with Camp Primrose. Whether it’s traveling 972-529-6863 in a time machine or studying dinosaurus bones. We provide a safe environment where inspiration never ends.



Three 1-Week Sessions, June 13-July 3 for ages 8 and up. Beginner to Expert. Skateboarding, Rollerblading or BMX Biking taught by Pros. Day & Overnight Camps include Training & Lunch daily, T-Shirt, Group Photo, Competitions, Awards Dinner & Party. Overnight Camp also includes 6 nights at a hotel, breakfast, dinner and evening activities.

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Campers learn to ride horses in a safe and positive atmosphere. Activities include: horseback lessons, care of the horse, swimming, arts & crafts and a camp horse show. We also offer year round horseback riding lessons for children and adults.

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Come join up for a Smashing Time. We offer Summer camps for children 4 and up. Children learn to make mosaics and many arts and crafts. A healthy snack is provided. You can walk in anytime to create mosaics.

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Now enrolling students for fall 2010. Kindergarten through 7th grade. Extended after school care available. Preparing students for life and faith through a superior scholastic, social and spiritual experience.

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The Little Gym’s Summer Camps offer specially developed camp curriculum using exciting themes that combine physical fitness, gymnastics and play with arts & crafts and special events.

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Combining early childhood education with language learning EDUCATION WITH IMMERSION IN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE Give your child the gift of the Spanish language through our comprehensive, academic Preschool! Our unique immersion program provides academic excellence while giving the children the invaluable skill of comprehension and use of the Spanish language and culture!

Sign up now for Summer Camps Two week camps for kids ages 3-11 Camps start June 7th

Preschool and Kindergarten classes now enrolling for Fall 2010 Comprehensive curriculum designed for children 2 to 5 years old Math Activities • Science Experiments • Art • Music Reading • Fine/Gross Motor Development Centers • Multi-Cultural Activities • FUN Extended hours now available

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Benefits of Teaching

Music To Children Childhood is the crucial stage of an individ-

ual’s life. It plays a key role in building the foundation of physical, mental and emotional development of a man. Hence, it is vital for the parents to find the best means that will support the overall development of their kids. As, it is the music that attracts kids the most and inspires them as well, this can be the best aid for them to learn and grow. Music for children is widely used in schools to teach the basic lessons of education to the kids. However, these days, the parents are waking up to the benefits of music in shaping their children’s life and emphasizing on providing music education to their children. Link Between Kids Music and Intelligence Recent studies have proved that teaching music to kids helps the growth of left side of their brain that is believed to be involved with processing language and reasoning. As the development of brain continues for many years after the birth, music education in the young age sharpens the brain and organizes the circuits of the brain in specific ways. The children’s songs are composed and developed keeping in mind the subjects that interest the kids the most. Hence, with such

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rhymes or the compositions, the toddlers will not only develop an inner desire to learn music, but also acquire smart mind. Students, who study arts such as music and painting, learn to become more creative in their approach. As the questions about the arts don’t have an ‘only’ right answer, the kids learn to find various solutions to the problems. Learning musical instruments increases concentration. Even the music for children touches various aspects of life and exposes the students to a world of experiences. It is the recognized form of intelligence and makes the children smarter. Music for Children Develops Other Positive Attitudes Music education helps to develop the glimpse of the children for different cultures. As learning music needs discipline, that particular skill is reflected in their communication and cognitive skills. The innocent and attractive children’s song develop compassion and empathy in the heart of the learners. As learning arts takes a lot of effort in terms of concentration and patience, it improves the craftsmanship of the students. The children learn to stretch their inner resources while learning the art as every achievement demand a new level of excellence. Art is the best means of self expression which leads to selfesteem. Good orchestra needs coordination, commitment and individual performance and it teaches the participants about the teamwork skills. When the young performers participate in the competition, it helps them conquer their fear and develops potency to take risk. Moreover, kids songs are the means to bridge the gap between the innocent world around the child and the responsibilities of the real world. These days, most of the employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers. Music education, which starts with kids music, improves the communication skill and cooperative attitude of the children and cultivate the qualities of an efficient employee in them. As teamwork is the most important quality that is shaped by learning music, the lessons help an individual in workplace as well. Music education is not just an added qualification of your child’s career, but a crucial part of his complete education. Parents, who encourage their kids to learn music, provide them with an environment that construct their future and nurture their overall development. Site Booster offersZ Kids Music specializing in offering kids personalized CDs by incorporating the child’s name in the song. You can order your personalized kids music at

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