By Erin Hines

Year End Review!

Happy Math and Music Monday!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2019? I sure can’t. I’m so excited for this New Year and all the possibilities that come with it and both the known and unknown adventures we will have. Before we move on to all the exciting things that are coming in this New Year, I thought it would be fun to look back at 2018.

2018 – One of our company’s dreams/goals was to get our Music and Math program in the hands of a caring adult, i.e. stay at home mom, caring grandparent, etc. in a much more user-friendly way. Our goal was and is to reach as many families as we can.

In June of 2018, I finally started blogging about our learning adventures. To tell you the truth, I was super nervous at the beginning. It was something that had been nagging on my heart to do, and I could no longer ignore. And boy, I am so glad that I finally gave in. I have realized, through this process, that I really do love it! I love that it pushes me to be better. I love that we will always have these wonderful memories for our family. I truly love that we are helping (I hope) to encourage others families to incorporate Math and Music in their everyday lives.

Fun Fact

“Again! Let’s do it again, Mommy!” – Sister P & Sister K

Last week, on our social media accounts: Instagram @mathandmusicmommy and Facebook: Ally Dog Depot (if you’re not following them, please do so!) I posted an old video of the girls age 2 ½ doing our “High/Low Song.” It REALLY might be one of my very favorites. They are so, so little and yet are able to listen to the music, recognize the pattern, and raise their hands high when they hear a high sound and low when they hear a low sound. THEY CAN DO IT! They can differentiate between the two sounds (a binary decision). With a little guidance, they could go on to graph what they heard – taking something that was abstract (hearing the music) and graph it! It’s such a good reminder of the POWER of MUSIC! It reminds me how much they really love/loved what we do. I LOVE that they say things like the quote above … “Again! Let’s do it again, Mommy!”  It’s also a good reminder of the power that our program has with not only young children, but also parents and teachers.

In July, we started the exciting journey of releasing a NEW Math and Music Video each month. I’m so excited to share with you that we have been able to keep this goal and are tracking to be able to continue doing this each month for at least this first year. It is so exciting to hear your success stories and how you are using the videos! It’s what keeps us going. So please keep sending us your stories. WE LOVE and REALLY APPRIECIATE THEM!

Our first videos that we released were: All Aboard, Triangle, and Kangaroo (Sister P’s favorite)!

In August, it was time to meet the Inchworm!

In September, we released one of my favorites: Monster/Mouse!

In October, we release Sister K’s favorite, “Monkey in the Middle!”

In November, it was time for another good one: “High/Low Sounds!”  November was also the month that our precious Ally Dog went to Heaven. I am so grateful for the time we had with her, but miss her everyday. We love you, Ally Dog.

To complete 2018, we wanted to highlight one of the favorite All Aboard Characters: Ally Dog, with the “Ally Dog Song!”

If you haven’t already, I hope you will take time to go watch the videos and do the activities with your children. I promise you won’t regret it. They really are so much fun and the perfect way to set up the learning time.

As I close out this blog, I just want to say thank you SO MUCH again for all your support and encouragement. It means so much, not only to me and the girls, but also our whole team! Thank you for going on this learning journey with us! Here’s to our best year yet! Be sure to check back because we have some super fun videos coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

We hope you all have a wonderful Math and Music Monday or even a wonderful Math and Music WEEK!

Don’t forget to check out our Math and Music Videos to keep the learning going this week! As always, we would love to hear from you on how things are going! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @mathandmusicmommy and Facebook: Ally Dog Depot. Oh, and if you like what you see, please share with a friend!

Have a GREAT Math and Music Monday!

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