Summer Camps now Enrolling!

Kindermusik Summer Camps at Musical Footsteps Studio are now enrolling.  Call today to reserve your spot!  We offer classes for children from birth to seven years.  Camps begin the week of June 29th and run for five consecutive weeks.

Check out our website for specific days and times for your child.  Classes fill fast, so call or e-mail today to reserve your spot.


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Open Enrollment for Spring 2009 has Begun

Looking for a quality way to spend time with your child this winter and spring? Kindermusik classes at Musical Footsteps Studio is the perfect solution.
We offer classes for children from birth to seven years of age all in developmentally appropriate classes. All classes are taught by a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and include high quality materials to use at home throughout the week.

Kindermusik Programs throughout Kansas City have been named KC Parent Magazine’s Grand Prize Winner for Music Instruction.

Classes begin the week of January 12 and run through May 2.

If you’d like more information, you can visit the studio website


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Does your child write sdrawkcab?

Have you ever looked down to see that your child has written his/her name perfectly…just backwards?

“Children just learning to write will write upside down, backward, all over the page.  They fall in love with letters.  Young children don’t yet recognize that print is a static form.”  says Susan B Neuman, professor of educational studies at the University of Michigan.

Writing is one of the first introductions to the two dimensional world for pre-schoolers.

“In a three dimensional world, a chair is always a chair.  So, to a child a C is always a C, no matter its direction.  It’s not random, it’s not a mistake. Its configuration is just different.”  According to Judity A Schickedanz, professor of early literacy at Boston University.

The entire article was found in the December issue of Wondertime Magazine.

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Go ahead, paint your toast and eat it too!

I posted this last year, but for our Our Timer’s it will fit with our toast theme perfectly!

Here’s a fun idea for breakfast or lunchtime. I would love to say I came up with it myself, but I stole it from the once-a-month-chance-I-have-to-watch-Rachael Ray.

Before toasting your bread, or before making your grilled cheese; take a tablespoon, or so, of milk and add your favorite food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint a design on the bread. Then toast it and seal in the design!

And of course while you wait, those of you that know it can sing the “Toast, Toast” song from class. This is requested in our house each time we have toast.

Reece has painted his toast several times and it turns out great!

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KC Parent Grand Prize Winner!

In September, Kindermusik was named as the KC Parent Family Favorite Grand Prize Winner for Musical Instruction!

Thank you to any, and all, Musical Footsteps parents who voted!!

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Fun Link

Now that the cold weather is settling in, you may be looking for something fun to do with your pre-schooler or school aged kiddo.

PBS has a fairly new show called “Sid, the Science Kid” that, obviously, deals with science experiments.  It’s been a hit in our house and they have some fun links on their website to correlate with the show’s themes.

Sid the Science Kid Links

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Demo Class

Musical Footsteps Studio will be holding a Demo Class for children birth to 4 on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 PM.

This is a perfect chance to get a sneak peak into our Kindermusik classroom, and allows you to see a Kindermusik class in action.  And as a bonus for attending, you’ll receive a free Kindermusik CD and $5 off fall registration.

If you’d like to reserve your spot for the Demo Class, call Laura Beckman at 913.484.1311.  Call today as space is limited.

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Kindermusik Demos at Babies R Us

This Saturday, July 12, I will be holding several Kindermusik demos at the Babies R Us in Overland Park, KS on 135th St.  This is a perfect chance to get a sneak peek at a Kindermusik classroom and the wonderful benefits it holds for you and your child.

Already a Kindermusik family?  This is a perfect opportunity for your friends to get a look at the fabulous way you spend 45 minutes each week!  Tell them to call the store today to reserve a spot in the demo.  Any referrals that lead to enrollments earn you tuition credits!

I will be leading demos at 10 and 11.  Call today to reserve your spot.

Babies R Us Address and Phone Number

8500 W 135th St
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 814-8921

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Trike-a-thon Article

The success of our St. Jude Trike-a-Thon is in the Kansas City Star today including several pictures of our “trikers.”

Here’s the link to the on-line article, but it doesn’t have any of the pictures.

Thanks again for everyone who participated and helped us raise money for such a worthy cause!

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Plush Toy Recall

Plush Insect Toys Recalled by Dollar Tree Stores Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Cuddly Cousins Plush Insect Toys

Units: About 300,000

Retailer: Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Hazard: The recalled plush insect toys contain small parts, posing a choking hazard to small children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled plush insect toys come in six designs: Lady Bug, Bumble Bee, Caterpillar, Snail and two Butterflies. The toys measure nine inches to 10 ½ inches in length. The lady bug is black with six legs, a red back with four black dots and orange eyelids. The bumble bee is black and yellow with six legs, sheer white wings and red eyelids. The caterpillar has four sections that are yellow, pink, green and orange with seven legs connected on each side and purple eyelids. The snail is yellow with dark pink eyelids and a two tone brown shell. One butterfly is blue and yellow with sheer purple wings with four orange dots and light pink eyelids. The second butterfly is a two tone pink with blue eyelids and sheer green wings with four yellow dots. The product number is 903995 and UPC is 6 39277 03995 8 with a date code of 71.

Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores nationwide from March 2007 through December 2007 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled plush insect toys from children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

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