The Sounds of Childhood
with Ashley Robertson, Founder at Mrs. Ashley's Music Circle
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Expires Sep 12, 2019
When it comes to music and children, sounds are different for everyone. It may be the sound of your grandmother's voice welcoming you inside for Christmas dinner or the sound of the lullaby your mom sang to you every night before bed. Either way, our experiences as children have lasting effects. In fact, when those experiences involve music, something great happens...children have a greater chance at developing certain skills to a greater potential. Of course, Ashley Robertson of Mrs. Ashley's Music Circle understands this but found the opportunity to enjoy music as a group or family was limited in some instances. Robertson sits down with host, Taylor Bennett, to discuss the circle.
Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: With your three childhood education degrees, did you start the circle for more from an education standpoint or less about education and more about community
Robertson: It started out as an opportunity for families of all types to access early, childhood education opportunities. I started as a teacher at IPS. When I became a stay-at-home mom I realized that most stay-at-home parents are operating on one income. They are missing out on certain opportunities. So, I created an accessible option for those families.
Bennett: Tell me about a class.
Robertson: It's chaos! Complete chaos! But it is organized. I use the best of my teaching techniques to manage the group. I have a really short attention span and so it's fun. I mimic the attention span of a 12 month old, etc.. I included letters, shapes, colors, counting, opposites and impulse control activity.
Bennett: What is the kids reaction/
Robertson: Usually is takes a minute to get the pace. After a couple of times they find that "this is it, I don't have to be quiet or sit down".
Bennett: Do you travel around the city/
Robertson: That is actually evolving. I encourage people to follow me on Facebook. I have a class for just babies under 9 months old;the pub takeover at Union Jack Pub.
Bennett: What if you can't sing
Robertson: If you can't sing, sing anyway. The kids really don't care what it sounds like. It's more about lyrical feeling and rhythm.
What Indianapolis Needs to Better Fight Food Insecurity
Indianapolis has been ranked the worst city in the nation for access to fresh food. The Patachou Foundation is aware of that fact and is "working hard to change this by providing real food and hands-on education to kids living in these areas." Offering a hands-on approach to fight food insecurity. The foundation send out educated representatives into the community; into school cafeterias and into classrooms. The kids are exposed to nutritional demonstrations and given a wholesome meal, similar to what you eat at the cafe or other Patachou-owned restaurants, like Napolese. Click here for more on The Patachou Foundation
Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: We've highlighted some organizations that are fighting against hunger, is it making a difference so far
Feltrop: Absolutely. Those statistics show that, across the nation, food insecurity and access to food is on the minds of policy makers.
Bennett: What is the issue in Indiana
Feltrop: Well specifically in Central Indiana you have a combination of issues. The reality is that hunger includes access to food. Indianapolis has a huge problem with the layout of the neighborhoods and just the economics of running grocery retail makes it difficult to place, locally, accessible, fresh food options in neighborhoods.
Bennett: Does it also mean healthy food
Feltrop: Fresh options are more healthy. Statistics do show that when there is a close proximity to a grocery store, the health outcomes of the community members tend to get better.
Bennett: What would you like to see as far as making this problem go away What would be the ideal
Feltrop: The reason why we are still grappling with this is that there are so many facets to the issue. It's an economic issue; poverty has continued to worsen. The polarizing economy really makes it difficult for families to get out of the cycle of poverty. When you include the health piece high food insecurity lead to negative health outcomes among youth. Indianapolis is ranked poorly when it comes to health in youth. Issues like diabetes and obesity are linked to food insecurity. Then there is a social piece about access to food; it's a neighborhood problem. Policy makers need to get fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods based on their individual needs.
Bennett: A lot of components.
Feltrop: What we do at The Patachou Foundation is specifically address childhood hunger and their access to fresh foods. We work with local schools and deliver healthy meals to students facing food insecurity and poverty.