Make December More Than…

Make December More Than…

It seems many institutions (among them preschools and senior living communities) make December all about the holidays. Or more specifically, turn everything from the day after Christmas until December 26th into all things Christmas. This post is not one bashing...
Rake in these items for great sessions

Rake in these items for great sessions

When the autumn leaves begin to fall, the rakes come out. Folks begin to pile up the leaves. You’ll see children and pets jumping in and out of piles. When we rake, we are gathering, collecting or moving the leaves. We can do much the same with our session...
Have a booming good time

Have a booming good time

While I have enjoyed using Boomwhackers® in my senior living sessions, I must give credit where it is due. Shares by Kat Fulton convinced me to make greater use of them. As a result, you’ll find Boomwhackers® included in several session ideas on Music Sparks....
How to Plan Sessions Around Your Breaks

How to Plan Sessions Around Your Breaks

When I was employed as an Activity Director in long-term care, it took a lot of effort and time to arrange my vacations. At first, I found taking a vacation more stressful than not having a break. I  had to be sure all my charting was completed, all the activities...
9 Hacks for Session Planning: A Cheat Sheet for you!

9 Hacks for Session Planning: A Cheat Sheet for you!

A lot can go into sessions. What they didn’t teach you in school was how to crank out a variety of session plans while delivering them, documenting progress, learning new songs, prepping all the materials, and cleaning all the instruments. You CAN make it easy...
Do You Make These Session Planning Mistakes?

Do You Make These Session Planning Mistakes?

Mistakes happen with all of us. Mistakes even happen in sessions. With experience mistakes may decrease in frequency and severity. Periodic supervision goes a long way towards our continuing to develop skills and to show areas for improvement. Challenging session can...