New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Kindermusik teaching toddlers communication skills
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Owen and his mother JuUanna are enrolled in a Sign and Sing, a Kindennusik class that mixes music with the omoepts of lanfuage, motor ddUs, social skffls, cogitfth^
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positively impact literacy, reading and number skills among young children like Owen, who is in the Sgn and Sing dass for ages 6 months to 3 years.
Exposing diikiien to combinations of music and learning proved brniefidal, instructor and former elementary music teadior Kat WEiyiand sakl.
"The moment babies are bom to age 2, they start devel-c^ii^ imuopathways," Wiy-lahd said. "Anytbne a parent introduces a new activity them, they form a pathway. With rq;ietiticm, diat pathway stays sdnmlatedaiKl becomes estabUshed."
CMdren who learn to sign by their first birthdays have 20-258i9isand 16-20 verbal words wtere children who do not learn to sign have about four verbal woids, V\^yland said.
"We teach them signs for everyday items around the house like bubbles, baUs and fiamily members," ^e said. "It can be frustrating for children at this age who are ready to communicate actively but ooi't ««fodize tfai^ yet This way, they can learn how to OMnmunicate with their par-ow in the dass and that can be continued in the home."
Julimna Wells saki she saw the cUfetmce the lOndemusflc
dasses had made for Owen.
"I have a nephew who is older than Owen, and Owen talks more and just communi-cates more," she said. "It makes communicating with your baby so much easier because iiistead of screaming or crying for something, they can sign it to you."
Eril^ Braune and her 11-month-old daughter KassieThousands attend Jackson memorial
LOS ANGBLES (AP) — They sang his songs among the stars and imagined him dancing across the moon, and for a few hours, during this most public of memorials, all eyes were on Michael Jackson one last time.
Some 20,000 people gathered inside the Staples Center on 'I\iesday for a somber, spiritual cer-e m o n y , watched by untold millions more around the world as they celebrated a man whose Michael immense Jackson talents almost drowned beneath the spectacle of his life and fame.
A star-studded Uneup of performers closely linked to Jackson's life and music reached back for the essence of the maa They remembered Jackson as an unparalleled singer, dancer and humanitarian whose music united
people of all backgrounds.
"Don't focus on the scars, focus on the journey," said the Rev. Al Sharp ton, whose fiery eulogy was an emotional high point of the service. "Every time he got knocked down, he got back up," Sharpton said, and the applauding crowd again jumped to its feet.
Sharpton rode the moment, building to a crescendo. "There wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with!" he said to Jackson's three children in the front row, drawing the longest ovation of the service.
Jackson's daughter, Paris-Michael, later provided the only real surprise of the service: the first public statement of her 11 years.
"Ever since 1 was born. Daddy has been the best father I could imagine," she said, dissolving into tears and turning into the embrace of her aunt Janet. "I just want to say I love him so much."NBU to begin crunching 2010 budget numbers
From staff reports
It's budgeting season, and New Braunfels Utilities will evaluate its finances during the next several weeks as it prepares for fiscal year 2010.
The utility provider's proposed 2010 business plan sets an operating
I NBU Budget Workshop
I Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
I NBU Service Center, 355 FM 306
budget of $118 million.
The bulk of the budget — about $90 million, according
to an NBU press release — will be used to fund purchased power and water. The remainder will go toward ftmding NBU's electric, water and wastewater costs, oper
ating expenses and community programs.
The current business plan also includes a $22.3 million capital budget to make upgrades to the utility's infia-stmcture, including a combined $1.3 million for the relocation of the Rio lift Station and new water and sewer lines abngVN^ut Avenue as part of the city's widening project.
Despite the costs for the upgrades, NBU said in the release that it did not foresee any rate hikes during the next fiscal year. NBU does believe, however, that customers can expect rates to go up during the next five years as NBU continues to expand its facilities.
NBU's Board oi Trustees will review the proposed 2010 budget at a workshop at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the NBU Service Center on FM 306.
Instructor Kathleen Wayland, right, makes the sign for "bair while teaching parents how to communicate with
their babies through sian language during Tuesday's See SIGN, Page 3A Sing and Sign class at First Protestant Church.|tt wwiM.iilHitoxM.ewii or uff (S30) 608-8925 for comptoto ^lêêui mÊ^^^^ iMrtÉNf^ itti^ mtui timmm for NBU oiMtomors