Singing with special children

Thousands of children come to church every Sunday. Almost every children’s ministry or Sunday school sings with these children. PKN, Liberated, Evangelical or Baptist: singing is part of it! For some children’s workers, singing with kids is a great joy, others dread it enormously. Many children enjoy singing, but there are usually a few who don’t seem to have any interest in it. Then children don’t really participate, they just don’t want to or (even more annoying) they sit around all the time. That is quite a challenge and singing with children is quite complicated. These weeks Karin Koornstra has been practicing Christmas carols with children at her daughter Lieselot’s school. Lieselot attends special education (ZMLK) and the group of children Karin sings with consists of 40 teenagers with a mental disability. Adolescent behavior combined with childish intelligence. With these 40 stars she forms a choir for the school’s Christmas celebration. A tall order! When you hear Karin’s stories about the rehearsals, you hear how much skill it takes to get everyone on board. Some kids don’t want to participate, even think singing is stupid or they think they can’t sing. But after practicing 3 times with a lot of patience, interaction, play, challenge, competition and, above all, appreciation, they all sing (and move) along at the top of their lungs. Bring on that Christmas performance! Over the years, Karin has attended dozens of schools and sung with thousands of children. Time and again, children become enthusiastic about singing. So you can learn ‘to sing with children’. There will be one on Saturday, January 12, 2013free training day about children’s work in Veenendaal . There, Karin will provide training and tips about singing with kids.You are very welcome. You can find more informationHERE !

About Martin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Karin, 2 mooie dochters, passie voor Jezus, spreker, schrijver, trainer en een beetje gek!

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