Hello! I’m Sarah Richard-Preston, creator of The Bubble Box. First and foremost I’d like to personally welcome you to The Bubble Box. Thanks for stopping by!
A Few Things About Me, Sarah Richard-Preston
1) I love to sing (in the shower, around the house, to the car radio). BUT I’ve been known to get the lyrics to many a pop song very wrong. Maybe that’s why I love nursery rhymes and kids songs – they’re so easy to remember!
2) I’ve always wanted to be a presenter on Play School (well ever since watching it as a four-year-old – and now my kids love watching it too!)
3) I love to pretend. As children, my sister and I put on many “shows” for my “lucky” parents. We’d make them pay 50 cents to watch our circus act (balancing a pole on one hand), slapstick comedy (falling over) or soap opera drama (something along the lines of a scene from Home & Away). I went on to greater things in high school performing in the musicals – a paperboy in Bugsy Malone, Nancy in Oliver and Lolita Lazer in Dazzle (don’t ask!).
4) Once upon a time I used to work in Advertising. But in my mid 20′s I decided that this wasn’t the career for me and that I should follow my passions; children, music and drama. So I completed a Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) and became a teacher.
My Inspiration for The Bubble Box
So, now that I’ve set the scene, let me tell you about how my experiences have led me to create The Bubble Box.
During my teaching studies, I taught an early childhood music program – private classes and within child care centres. I witnessed the joy that sharing music brings young children, especially when shared with a parent.
Upon graduating I worked for two years in a Creative Arts Academy, where alongside a fantastic visual art teacher we planned and implemented Music & Movement, Drama & Visual Art workshops for young children (including a Babies Music class). I gained first hand insight into the ways that young children grow and learn through the Arts.
I also worked as a Principal for a Performing Arts Academy and there I observed how young children gain confidence and are able to express themselves through the Performing Arts.
Then I became the mother of two gorgeous little girls. It was this experience, the greatest and most challenging of all, that inspired me to create The Bubble Box. Because, like all parents, I want my children to have the best start in life. And I know from my work and personal experiences that spending quality time doing music activities together will give them just that.
At first, I figured a great way to help other parents share music with their babies was to start my own face-to-face music class – The Bubble Box Music Group. However, I soon noticed that life can often get in the way of attending a class regularly. Babies get sick, appointments pop up, class times conflict with nap times and sometimes you have to travel a fair way just to get to a class. Which made me think… what if there was an online program of activities that you could do in your own home, any time you liked?
Something more than just a website with a list of nursery rhymes and lyrics. More than just a blog with an activity here and an activity there. A structured program of babies music activities with video demonstrations that teach you the lyrics, the tune and the actions, just like in a traditional class.
Hence The Bubble Box was born… driven by my goal to provide you with a music program of activities that that boosts your baby’s learning and development, makes the most of your precious baby time and makes life just that little bit easier for you.
I hope that you find it all of these things and more.
Thank you and enjoy!