April 22, 2008

Kindermusik courses offered

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering two Kindermusik courses at the Village at Robinwood.

The courses are classes specially suited to help parents share music and communicate with their children. The first of the courses, "Peek-A-Boo! I Love You!" is intended for newborns and young children up to 18 months. The week-long program helps parents find new ways to say "I love you" to their infants through such things as American Sign Language, soap bubbles, blue-star sponges and parent-baby dances. In addition, parents can meet with other newborns and families in the community and learn how music improves the child development process.

The second half of the Kindermusik courses, "Zoo Train," is intended for children between 18 months and 3 years of age. In this program, pretend play and music help to improve toddlers' verbal and physical growth. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming and object identification will foster language skills, and help build communication skills between parent and child.


Both courses are taught by HCC instructor Shonelle Strausbaugh. The first section for newborns and infants is offered during the week of June 16, from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. The second section for toddlers is offered during the week of June 16, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., and again during the week of July 14, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, e-mail Strausbaugh at To register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Celtic stories part of classes

This summer, HCC's Center for Continuing Education is offering a two-part lecture series on the great Celtic masterpieces of the Mabinogion at HCC's Valley Mall Center.

"Mabinogion" is a term that is generally used to refer to the collection of ancient Celtic stories that date from the early 12th to the early 15th centuries. Taught by HCC instructor Karen Gray, the two-part lecture series will delve into the past of Celtic storytelling, and will explore the sources, language and culture that make up these early tales.

The lecture series is broken into two separate sections, "The Four Branches," on Wednesday, July 16, and "The Mabinogion's Arthurian Connection," on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The first half of the series focuses on the four core stories that make up the Mabinogion collection, collectively known as the "Four Branches." The second half of the series focuses on "Culhwch and Olwen," the earliest Arthurian tale in Welsh, as well as three other Arthurian romances. Course sections may be taken together for a cost of $50 or separately as individual sections for a cost of $20 each. Senior adults age 60 and older may take the entire lecture series for $35.

For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

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