Building Perspective With Your Spouse

Building Perspective With Your Spouse

Jonathan Bosman, LEGO® SeriousPLAY® Facilitator | Owner, BLOCK Party

My wife Sydney and I have been married for almost 6 years and we constantly deal with seeing things differently. One specific time, we were talking about how we wanted to redo our front porch and flower bed. I had a picture in my head of how I wanted to do it and after trying to explain it to Sydney, she tried to explain her vision to me. What she wanted didn’t quite make sense to me, so I re-shared my perspective, which didn’t translate well to her and so it went. I even tried drawing a picture of it, but the 2D picture still wasn’t working. At this point, we were both getting rather annoyed. Being the wise woman she is and knowing what my strengths are, she said “is this something you could explain to me with LEGO??”…so that’s what I did. As it turns out the vision in my head and the vision in her’s were EXACTLY the same, we just needed a visual to understand that.

This was just the beginning of me seeing how different people's perspectives could be more easily explained using LEGO®

Take this example. What do you see here?


Some see just six bricks. Some see a nice box. Some will say they see LEGO bricks with unlimited possibilities…and in a recent school workshop, a 6 year old girl looked at the pile and said “I’m going to build a duck!”

In our workshops we do in fact use them as ducks, but we quickly discover that everyone’s perspective on what a duck looks like is different and how these pieces can be used to make a duck is different.

This is some of what we do with BLOCK Party Date Night by using LEGO® SeriousPLAY® strategies. We ask questions about the dreams you have for your relationship and what support looks like to you, but instead of getting the answer that’s just off the top of your head, you are able to build your thoughts and build your answer. This creates a thought far deeper, more meaningful, and specific to you than words could do alone (read: "A Picture is Worth 1000 Words" for more details on LEGO® seriousPLAY®).

Come and join us at one of our next events. You'll be amazed at what you discover when you let your hands do the talking!

Five Ways Music Delivers Magic

Five Ways Music Delivers Magic

Sasha Judelson, Director, Great Lakes Music Together

The effects of music on children are magical. Music can be both energizing and calming and it can enhance bonding as well as helping with transition.

1. Fun

Our classes are playful, rich and engaging, from Piaget to Montessori there’s a host of early childhood research that supports children learning through play. There’s no pressure in our classes to perform, quite the reverse, so if your child is a mover or a sitter or anything in between they will fit right in! We know that kids learn in a variety of ways and plan the classes to meet each learning style, playfully.

2. Engaging

We have all made numerous lists of what we need to do as parents to engage our kids! Kids love to make music and that’s because it’s a natural activity for them, in fact we’re all born with a musical intelligence strand – that’s what we’re tapping into in each class. Our classes support the development of that musical intelligence through singing, instruments, drumming, movement, imaginative play and much more.

3. Developmentally Appropriate

Your baby is a natural-born music-maker, alert and responsive to musical sounds, growing into a toddler learning by playing, experimenting and watching others. Child development researchers have known for a long time that the natural family-style environment of mixed-age classes is the best way for young children to learn. In our experience, it works! Our classes provide the opportunity for kids to participate in their own way and in a way that feels right to them, some move constantly and others watch and absorb from their own spot in the room. The relaxed and no-pressure environment in our classes lets all kids learn at their own pace.

4. Imaginative

Kids love to watch, learn and imitate. They like to be leaders and they like to be followers. In class we explore songs and music that provides a springboard of discovery for your child to continue that exploration outside of class. When kids of multiple ages play together their focus shift from completing for limited resources (like toys and attention) to having fun together. Children have more chances for deep imaginative play, for exploring new ideas and working together in novel ways.

5. Supportive of all Learning

In our research-based Music Together® classes the benefits of learning music for children include learning how to sing in tune and how to keep the beat. Another important benefit is that it can allow your child’s creativity, self-expression and confidence to grow. When your child starts Music Together® as a baby you are supporting their brain development, as they grow we’re continuing to support their language and emerging literacy development, their social, emotional and cognitive development and we’re showing them a variety of approaches to learning. All that moving around supports their physical and motor development too. Skills they will use as they grow into school and life.

 

Come and join us in our research-based classes, help your child discover their inner-musician and more and have fun yourself too!

Find out more at www.greatlakesmusictogether.com and contact us directly at info@greatlakesmusictogether.com