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A new website I found that has rapidly become a favorite is Kids Off the Couch. Dedicated to connecting parents with their children via a good movie and cultural tie-ins, this weekly email will provide you with a *wealth* of information guaranteed to pique not only your interests but also your child’s.

This week’s email was directly related to Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, and the bicentennial of his birthday.

Taken from their *free* newsletter:

If Your Kids Read Only One Book about Lincoln:

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary is an exciting new biography for kids that combines photos, letters and text. Common Sense Media says “this is the way biographies for children ought to be done”.

If You Only Read One Book About Lincoln: Okay, we couldn’t narrow it down to one — here are several excellent choices. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals is a lively portrait of the President’s election and his historic, inclusive Cabinet choices; our current President is said to be influenced by this biography, and Steven Spielberg has optioned the film rights.

Garry Wills’ Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America is a Pulitzer Prize winning deconstruction of Lincoln’s most famous speech, and Gore Vidal’s Lincoln: A Novel gets below the skin of the iconic figure. In Sunday’s New York Times, William Safire reviewed several new books about the 16th President — from a concise 79 page book to a momentous 2,000 page study. Click here to learn which one is right for you.

If Your Teens Only Have Ten Minutes: Have them check out this great NPR podcast, a brief tribute to Lincoln with music and anecdotes.

If You Want to Build Lincoln’s Log Cabin with your Tots: Lincoln Logs were designed by John Lloyd Wright and let kids re-create Lincoln’s early days with their own hands.

If You Only Watch One Movie About Lincoln: Young Mr. Lincoln is a wonderful John Ford film starring Henry Fonda in an unforgettable performance. Made in 1939, this black and white film is geared for adults, so not a natural fit for kids (unless yours are either devoted to classic film, or Abe himself). (1939, UR, 100 minutes)

If You Like to Learn Online: The Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated, is a surprisingly cool place to visit (next time you are in DC). Check out their Learn The Story website, a great one-stop resource for all things Lincoln.

If You Only Read One Speech or Poem: Read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (in his own handwriting) and Walt Whitman’s poem in response to the news of Lincoln’s assassination.

Diane and Sarah
Founders, Kids Off The Couch



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While you may or may not agree with Barack Obama’s politics, there is no denying that today is the dawn of a new day in the history of the United States of America.  As a child of the 50’s and 60’s, I grew up here in Atlanta, seeing racial discrimination as an accepted, though not acceptable, way of life.   If it had not been for my father who worked daily alongside men of all colors in the streets of Atlanta for the Atlanta Gas Light Company, I think I would not be the person I am today.

In listening to this song, given as a free download from Oprah.com through today until 5PM EST, and viewing the video available on her website, I find myself hopeful – hopeful that we, as Americans, can put the polarizing election behind us and come together as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”   Enjoy!

America’s Song

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Demo Days

Due to low registrations and the extreme weather we’ve had in the past two days, the *free* Kindermusik classes that were scheduled for Saturday, January 17th, have been cancelled.  We will re-schedule them at a later date in the next few weeks.

Please visit our website for the class schedule for our new Kindermusik semester starting next week.  It’s not too late to register! 🙂

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Demo Days

Join us Saturday, January 17th for free 30-minute classes for two different age-groupings: 1) ages newborn to 3.5 years,  and 2) 3.5 – 6 years.

Classes are listed below.  In order to insure adequate class space, class sizes are limited, and we ask that you register your child for these free classes.  Choose the one that best fits your child’s age, and click on the link to register.  If you have more than one child, choose the class that more closely overlaps the age ranges of your children.  These are absolutely free!

Newborn – 3.5 years

Saturday, January 17th – 10AM

3.5  – 6 years

Not sure where we’re located?    All classes are held at Avondale First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Road, in Avondale Estates.  A map and directions are available here.

Come join us as we share some of the fun and learning you will find in our Kindermusik classroom!

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I received an email today from a friend, encouraging me to vote.  At first, I thought it was one of those “rah-rah” type emails that would say “Vote for So-and-so.  He’s your man” or “A vote for So-and-so is a vote against Thus-and-so.”  However, it was not one of those. 

Instead, it opened my eyes to a period of American history that I know very little specific information about.  It was set in the mid-19-teens and concluded in 1920, 88 years ago.  Interestingly enough, 1920 was the year that my mother was born on Christmas Eve.  I don’t know that my mother ever gave this any thought herself, since it happened before she had any memory of it, but this was a time that women didn’t automatically have the right and privilege of voting that we American women enjoy so nonchalantly today. 

As a child, my father always admonished each of his four children to “always vote.  Never give up your right to vote.  It’s too precious to throw away or waste by not voting.”  I don’t remember there ever actually being a time that I didn’t think of voting as a given for me.  I just thought of it as something all Americans did.  Tonight, however, as I began researching this information, I learned things I’ve never heard before about the generations of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

Did you know:

that on November 15, 1917, known as the “Night of Terror”, women arrested for “obstructing sidewalk traffic” in front of the White House (actually picketing with signs and protesting Woodrow Wilson’s lack of concern for women’s right to vote) were beaten and abused by forty prison guards of the Occuquan Workhouse in Virginia, who, with their warden’s full approval and blessing, went on a rampage with their clubs to “teach these women a lesson”? 





that suffragette, Dora Lewis, was hurled into a dark cell, smashing her head into a stone wall, knocking her out cold, which resulted in her cellmate, Alice Cosu, having a heart attack, believing that Dora was dead?





that one of the suffrage movement leaders, Lucy Burns,  was chained to the cell bars above her head, hanging all night, leaving her bleeding and gasping for air, fighting asphyxiation?

Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.  

For weeks, their only water was in an open pail.  Their food – a colorless slop infested with worms.

When another leader, Alice Paul, went on a hunger-strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat, and poured liquid into her until she vomited.  This went on weeks, and it didn’t end until word was smuggled out of the Workhouse to the public.  This abuse didn’t happen overseas in some third world country – it happened here, in the United States of America, and it was only 91 years ago.

In the process of chasing information via cyberlinks, I also learned about an HBO made-for-tv movie, entitled “Iron Jawed Angels“, which documented the battle these women fought so that all American women of all ages could have the freedom to express their choice and their decision in the voting booth. 

I don’t honestly know if I could sit through this movie, knowing what I now know these women endured.  After reading about the different women dramatized in this movie and their experiences, I am awed by their courage, their tenacity, and their willingness to fight for what they believed in – a woman’s right to vote.

But the question remains – will American women vote this year?  Or will they use the excuse of the getting the kids to school, not being late for work, or the doctor appointments, or the weather – on and on and on?

Before you decide if you’re going to make the effort to vote, take a moment and remember what women like Paul, Burns, and Lewis went through to give us the right 88 years later to go inside that voting booth and cast that ballot.  I know that I will never take the right to vote for granted again. 

Whether or not you vote Democrat, Republican, or Independent, just vote – because history is being made as you enter that polling place.


For additional information, please visit:

Iron Jawed Angels – an HBO movie

Why Women Vote – by Connie Schultz, The Plain Dealer, August 2004

Citigal Movement – “There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.” – Alice Paul

Women’s Suffrage – wikipedia

Women’s Suffrage – Brutal Treatments – About.com

Jailed for Freedom – a first-person account by Doris Stevens of the Suffragist Movement in the early 20th century

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As adults, we all know (or should know) that there will always be times in our lives that things happen, situations arise, that we have absolutely no control over – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, even our child’s first day of preschool or first grade when it is suddenly brought home to us that those early years have passed all too quickly.

Some children breeze through the “first-day-of-school” milestone with little or no difficulty whatsoever. 

Others struggle – where is this place that’s called “school”?  Will I like it?  Will I have friends there?  How long before mom and/or dad pick me up? 

Anxiety often results simply from fears of the unknown, and, while we, as adults, know that our children will probably be just fine in school, these are very real unknown concerns for many children.  With life getting busier and his world expanding exponentially, a child may feel overwhelmed by all the new expectations and requirements that come his way.

If this is your child, how can you help him or her adjust to that kind of change in their world?


With all the changes in his/her life, staying in Kindermusik provides a badly needed consistency required to make the transition easier.  In our Kindermusik classes, children learn to recognize the structure and routine of our class flow.  It makes for a comfortable, secure time in their weekly schedule where they know what to expect for themselves, and come to learn what is expected of themselves, as well. 

With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independent in nature, Kindermusik is one place where the two of you can still spend precious time focused on each other.


See our Class Schedule for a day and time that works for your family.

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Due to severe weather and no online registrations, our Demo Days for Thursday, July 31st, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  We still have a few openings left in our Saturday morning Demo Days classes for your convenience.  Check them out here

If you have any questions, please email us at info at masterworks-studio.com or call 404-395-5247.

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Imagine whirling, creating, storytelling, singing, and dancing.  Nowhere else is learning this much fun!  And no other experience offers more ways for children to grow! 

 This unique opportunity allows you and your child to experience the most respected programs in early childhood music education first-hand. Together you’ll share the wonder and magic of learning through music.


We will share activities from our Fall Semester programs:
Dream Pillow and Zoom Buggy for Village classes,
Milk & Cookies for Our Time ages,
and Our Kind of Day for Family Time
in our class for ages newborn to 3 years.  

For older children, we will also share activities from:

Hello, Weather for Imagine That! ages 3.5 to 5 years, 

as well as Young Child, Semester 1 for children ages 5 to 7.

 Come join us for 30 minutes of fun, laughter, and special bonding time created just for you and your child!  Share the magic of Kindermusik with your child and experience it for yourself.

Register Here.

Not sure where we’re located?   

All classes are held at Avondale First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Road, in Avondale Estates. 

A map and directions are available here

Come join us as we share some of the fun and learning you will find in our Kindermusik classroom this fall!

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I knew that I wanted to post something for Mother’s Day, but I hadn’t yet decided quite what to do when I received a lovely email from my friend, Patti, who also teaches the preschool choir for me at our church.  I thought it was so cute that I wanted to share. 

I’m always careful to try and find authors and sources in order to correctly attribute what I post, but Patti didn’t know where it came from, other than a “Fwd” from another friend.  This was one of those ubiquitous “Fwd” we all find in our inboxes and spam folders, and most frequently just delete. 

I still wanted to share it here.  I don’t know who the author/creator is, but I did note a reference on one panel to 123greetings.com.  I’ve searched their files, but this must be something from a previous year.  In any case, I want to share this with all moms everywhere, whether by blood, marriage, adoption, or just plain friend.  Happy Mother’s Day to you all!  🙂


















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Looking for something to do as a family this weekend?  Look no further than the Square in Decatur!

Concerts on the Square in Decatur

Every Saturday night in May from 7 – 9:30PM, you and your family can enjoy an evening of musical entertainment in the Square in Decatur.  Come early and find just the right spot to spread your blanket near the community bandstand.  Decatur is a very  family-friendly town with lots to offer not only the kids, but mom and dad, too!  See you there! 😀

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