Welcome to Kimbo's Blog!

Welcome to Kimbo's Blog!

Kimbo was founded in 1958 and is based in Long Branch, NJ. Kimbo Educational's award-winning line of over 350 CDs and several DVDs address children's needs for exercise, learning basic concepts and skills, and abundant opportunities to enjoy play and fun. Kimbo recently launched a download site so customers can purchase our music in MP3 format and enjoy their music instantly!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Here’s a “heads up” on two upcoming CDs you will definitely want to know about. They are coming soon!

Kimbo has a purpose in mind for all of their new releases.  We choose new productions because of their value to your children and their value as a useful resource.  We are excited about these CDs and we had to share the news with you right away. 

Dancin’ Feet Fever is exciting!  The music and dances will motivate your kids to get up and move in ways that will work their muscles, improve coordination, and add joy to their days.   How do you get your kids away from the computer and the TV?  How do you refresh them and jump start their brains again?  If they love the music and songs they hear, and the dance steps are easy and fun, your kids will not only be willing, they will want to do something good for themselves.  The guide offers easy choreography for children 5 and up, but little ones will enjoy just moving to the beat and feeling the rhythms.  This is one of our all-time favorite collections.  Share the party, get fit together, play the music and do some dancing!

Choreographed guide by fitness and dance instructor, LeAnn Haggard.

Song Titles:
1.  Get The Party Started
2.  Cupid Shuffle
3.  Cotton-Eye Joe
4.  Cha Cha Slide
5.  Techno Matrix
6.  Born This Way
7.  Cleveland Shuffle
8.  Latin Mambo
9.  Boot Scootin' Boogie
10. Monster Mash
11. Latin Mambo (Instr)
12. Techno Matrix (Instr)
13. Cotton-Eye Joe (Instr)
Go Green!  This means so much more today.  Recycling will always be important.  However, going green is also about caring about our Earth because we have been inspired by our connection to the earth.  We need to get outdoors and enjoy nature, plant a garden, play outside, fly a kite, feel the wind, touch the earth, hike some trails, wander through woods.  We want to become conservators of the earth, learn about it, appreciate it, and preserve it.  Studies are showing that the benefits for each of us will be personally meaningful and healthy, and the benefits to our Earth will be outstanding.

The extended guide, by Dr. Pam Schiller, includes lyrics, activities and literature links.  The songs are fun and reflect current thinking about going green.
Song Titles:
1.  Go Green
2.  Play Outside
3.  Get Yourself Movin' Around
4.  The Wind
5.  My Kite
6.  I'm Gonna Plant A Garden
7.  My Chance To Dance
8.  Cultivate, Germinate, Irrigate, Relocate
9.  I Can Care
10. Reduce It! Or Reuse It! Or Recycle It!
11. What Can I Do About Pollution?
12. My Brother, The Whale
13. It's Everyone's World
Both CDs can be found on the Kimbo web site:  kimboed.com, and will be available in September. 
kimboed.com   /   kimboeddownloads.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012 Olympics

I just listened to our Olympic female gymnastic team members being interviewed after winning the gold medal.  It was very interesting that many of these awesome young women said they were motivated to become serious gymnasts by watching the 2004 Olympics.  In fact, they watched the taped events over and over again, memorizing the moves and practicing them.  It made me wonder about determination and strength of mind and body.  At just 8 years of age or so, these young girls decided right then that they would one day be performing and competing in front of the world.  Why did they choose to work so hard, give up the usual ordinary pursuits, and consistently push themselves to new levels? They always showed up.  They are athletes who are extraordinarily motivated, fit and fine- tuned. 

Children begin early in life by playing.  Later they are introduced to more structured exercise, and hopefully this becomes a way of life.  Maybe they like to play a sport, dance, do yoga, work out, and yes, they may even want to compete.  It begins with play, but with guidance and perseverance, fitness becomes a healthy habit.  Only a few will become world champions, but we are all winners if we get up and move.  Congratulations to all of the athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics!  I wish I could be in London to cheer them all on.  Instead I am glued to the TV, along with 8 year olds who will dream about one day marching with their team on opening day at a future Olympics event.
In my opinion everyone participating is a winner, medal or not.  By the way, I am so proud of the USA team members, every one of them, just for working so hard, for so long.  They are not only athletes, they support and encourage one another and share goals and ideals.

Let’s begin small.  Give the gift of movement to our little ones and they will grow in active children and later, adults.  Kimbo specializes in music and movement, from Diaper Gym to Dancin’ Feet Fever, from Leaping Literacy to Rockin’ Aerobics.  Kimbo has hundreds of motivating CDs that are really fun, but whose purpose is to help kids get up and grow.  Top educators and fitness experts write valuable activities that will help children to develop their motor skills and strengthen their bodies.  Healthy habits….happier kids….Kimbo.