Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Guest Post: Sukey Molloy - Movement and Music Play for Busy Families

Movement & Music Play
Photo Credit: Sukey Molloy

Ladies and gentlemen, mommies and daddies, please allow me to introduce you to our guest blogger du jour; the one, the only, SUKEY MOLLOY! Sukey is a children's music performer who knows all about work life balance. My family and I enjoy her fun, cheerful music immensely!

I've asked her to discuss how she finds time for quality time for music and movement in her family and her suggestions for fostering balance and fun in our own families. Without further ado, here are Sukey's words of wisdom.

Movement & Music Play Together at Home!
I Like to Move My Body and My Head Goes ‘Round!
Ages 2-5 years

During my sons’ growing years, I was a working mom, part time, and along with the many wonderful joys, I discovered there are many challenges working moms face. One of those challenges being how difficult it is to schedule special one on one time - just to relax with our children and have fun. It’s somehow the thing that always gets lost in the shuffle, and is the thing we really want most.

When Elle spoke with me about a guest blog, she mentioned an interest in music activities, and fine and gross motor activities, that working moms could share with their children at home, that would reduce stress and bring families together.

Sharing music and movement together is not only fun, but also important because so much of our lifestyle causes us to be physically inactive, even when we’re so busy. Movement and music play offer opportunities to be together, while at the same time developing physical skills,  having physical fun, and sharing moments of joy.

I’d like to share a song, and a video that I think you’ll enjoy, and I hope you and your children will get up and move along!

I Like to Move My Body (video), invites your participation in exploring different movement postures. Did you know that the postures we learn by age ten are likely the ones we will carry through life? For this activity, you’ll need a chair for each person, and a warm floor to sit down and roll on.

My Head Goes ‘Round (song) offers rhythmic movement with lyrics that invite you to move specific parts of your body. I hope you’ll try both of these activities at home together and let me know how it goes! The activities are appropriate for ages 2-5 years, and adults.
“Few things make children happier than learning something new, feeling a new physical sensation, and finding out what their bodies can do.” Garland O’Quinn Jr., PH.D., Teaching Developmental Gymnastics, University of Texas Press, copyright 1990, Pg. 8.


 SONG: My Head Goes Round by Sukey Molloy (from "I Am Happy")


Lyrics: My Head Goes Round
Try the movements while you sing the song!

My head goes ‘round and ‘round,
Then it goes up and down,
My head goes ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and up and down, Oh!

My shoulders go up and down,
Then they go ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and ‘round and up and down,
And then I touch the ground, oh!

My arms go ‘round and ‘round,
Then they go up and down,
My arms go ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and up and down, oh!

My hands go up and down,
Then they go ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and ‘round and up and down,
And then I turn around, oh!

My body goes ‘round and ‘round,
Then it goes up and down,
My body goes ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and up and down, oh!

My knees go up and down,
Then they go ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and ‘round and up and down,
And then I lie right down, oh!

My fingers go ‘round and ‘round,
Then they go up and down,
My fingers go ’round and ‘round,
‘Round and up and down, oh!

My feet go up and down,
Then they go ‘round and ‘round,
‘Round and ‘round and up and down,
And then I roll around!

About Sukey Molloy

Sukey Molloy is a children’s music performer, award winning recording and video artist, and former professional modern dancer. Based in Nyack, NY, Sukey has studied Developmental Movement, Kidnastics, and Infant Development, and has designed and taught music and movement programs in nursery schools, after-school programs, and elementary schools.  In 2005 Sukey launched her own program of "Mommy & Me" classes and teacher training workshops, creating PlayMove&Sing Inc.  Sukey Molloy’s April CD release, “I Am Happy!” is available at www.SukeyMolloy.com, along with her DVDs and other CDs.

1 comment:

  1. I love performing my head goes down after work hours while returning home....

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