Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The fun didn't stop at Graduation!



Our lives changed for the best when we received a call from Kristi from Palmetto Performing Arts inviting us to have Kindermusik in her studio. She thought it would be a great fit, and it sure is! Here are some photos of the past year in Kindermusik classes...

The Power of Mommy and Me Time..
                                                         
                                                       Circle Dances are always a winner!

                                                          Daddys are always welcome!
                                            Especially MY Mom and Dad. :) Julee Salisbury, my
                                            mother is a Kindermusik Director and Educator, and has been for
                                            30 years! We've truly been able to learn from the best.
                                              My Dad might as well be a teacher, too. :) Here they are
                                          in class, with our son Walt Lewis. A very special time by all!
                    Moving into the studio meant loads of musical instruments. (OUT of my house :)
                                          We've come so far, it's been a beautiful journey...a journey
                                         that never ends! It's a joy and honor to have Bryann in class
                                        and influencing our son. Walt Lewis will always know her, and
                                                             that is very special to me.
                                                   
           






......More to come!!

Monday, June 3, 2013



2012:
Bryann Burgess graduated from the University of South Carolina's Carolina LIFE program.
Did you know the LIFE part stands for "Learning Is For Everyone?"
&
She also completed her licensing hours for Kindermusik International!
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Have you ever seen a more happy graduate? 

Congratulations, Bryann!


PS: This blog is just now catching up! Mrs. Ally had her baby in September and has been slightly preoccupied! :)

Eastern PA Down Syndrome Center

Wow! Has it really been so long since we blogged?
Between speaking engagements for Bryann and Mrs. Ally's new baby boy, this year has really flown by!

Here is a little write up about a special presentation that Bryann and her Mother were apart of..

Need a motivational speaker? You'll get TWO with this fine duo. (((BIG SMILE)))


"The first two things you notice about
Bryann Burgess when she speaks are her
Southern accent and her endless enthusiasm.
She started her presentation with the opening
statement, “We are so excited to be here”. You
can tell that she meant every word of it.
Bryann and her mom, Kathreen, spoke
about her early childhood years first; complete
with adorable baby pictures. When Bryann
was entering fourth grade, Kathreen decided
to begin teaching her from home. Her two
main reasons were that she felt even with
speech therapy, Bryann was not given enough
opportunities to speak. The other reason was
that they were not teaching to her strengths;
especially her creative and musical side.
Bryann plays piano and is currently learning to
play guitar. In addition to learning at home, the
family did quite a lot of learning through travel
in the family RV.
Bryann was accepted in the two-year
University of South Carolina “Life” (Learning
is for Everyone) program in 2008. She was
a commuting student. The program was
expanded into a four-year program giving
Bryann the opportunity to live on campus
in an apartment for the last two years of the
program. She graduated in the spring of 2012.
Bryann worked for the “Life” program this
past year assisting the current students. She
is a certified instructor for Kindermusik and is
actively involved with her local theatre group.
She will be performing in “Miss Siagon” this
May.
When asked what words of advice do they
have for families their response was:
Kathreen: “As a parent, you know your
child best. Push for what you know will be the
most successful path for your child.
Bryann: “Follow what your heart is telling
you.”
From their presentation, we can tell they
practice what they preach!"