MMM: Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Hello Readers! As the summer has gone into full force, we've been busy meeting up with friends, swimming in our pool, and exploring all around town in search of fun activities. About three weeks ago I was hanging out in Plaza Olavide waiting to meet a friend for lunch. While we were waiting in the scorching heat, Violeta was chasing after pigeons and playing with another little boy who was with his mother. The mother started making typical small talk with me and I detected an accent. I suppose she also suspected that I was from another country since she almost immediately asked me where I was from. As it turned out, she was from The Netherlands. From that point on we began conversing in my native tongue. I've always found the Dutch to have a great command of English, and they love using it whenever they have the chance.

We exchanged a few stories about activities we had participated in with our children. I shared my bad experience about a recent storytelling event I had been to that was "designed for children ten months to two years old". I won't go into the details, but let's just say that we had to leave before the actual storytelling started. She then told me about a music/sing-a-long group that she had taken her son to a few times, and really liked. Normally I wouldn't be able to go, given that it's on a Friday morning. But now that my classes are over, mornings have become free again. So I thought I'd give it a try.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll  is a music group designed for young children under 5 years old. The sessions are held by a woman named AmyJo, who is not only a native English speaker with early childhood education experience, but also a talented musician and performer.

AmyJo putting a spin on a classic children's nursery rhyme; Violeta front & center

She leads the children in song and dance by exposing them to a variety of props as well as percussive instruments. During the 45 minute session, the activities and songs change frequently which is fundamental in holding the attention spans of young children.

I have to admit that when I first brought Violeta to this music group, I assumed that she would probably lose interest. I'm not sure why considering she's got music in her genes. However, I ended up being suprised at how engaged she was. I've been twice since then and every time we've gone, Violeta dances around and manages to make her way up to the front of the room, right under AmyJo and her guitar. For the full 45 minutes, her face lights up as she enjoys this musical experience. I highly recommend Shake, Rattle, & Roll to anyone in the Madrid area!

Tierra de Fuego 
Travesia del Conde Duque, 3
28015 Madrid, Spain  

Violeta in full swing, dancing to "No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed"

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