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What Makes All The Doo Dah Day Special?

A Program based in Theory 

 

All The Doo Dah Day is not simply about learning to sing in tune or dance the right steps.  The question for us is: what can we learn “through” music?  Children's cognitive development and physical, social and emotional wellbeing has been linked to music and movement.  In adults, particularly those with degenerative brain disease like dementia or brain injuries, there is significant evidence that music and movement can help to build new neural pathways.

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​​​​​​​​​​A Teaching Philosophy Built on JOY

 

​Bringing wonder, awe and joy is our ultimate aim. 

Our wish is for children and older adults to know and love who they are and not be afraid to show it. We seek to give children and older adults voices and to listen to those voices.

 

This is what makes "The Doo Dah Way" UNIQUE:

  • Our significant experience in early childhood education 

  • Our energy and passion

  • Our love and respect for children and older adults, their ideas and individuality

  • Our inclusivity 

  • Our song choices and use of contemporary and culturally diverse music

  • Our use of free dance and co-choreography where children and adults “dance from within” backed by our founder’s Masters’ research

  • Our special ability to involve families and connect them to their children's learning

  • Our ability to tap into children’s interests, scaffold their learning and collaborate with educators to develop a truly emergent curriculum to complement and enhance existing programs within any setting.

 

The quiet child, the anxious child, the child with additional needs, the child who doesn't speak English, the non-verbal one, the one who has suffered trauma, the migrant, the refugee, the socio-economically disadvantaged, the elderly person with dementia - all will not only come out of their shells but flourish.  They will be transformed. 

Our founder and lead presenter Lynda has a special energy that is mesmerising and infectious. Children and adults flock to her like the Pied Piper. Children stop Lynda in the street with cries of "LYNDAAAAA" and requests for squeezie hugs or massive group stacks on hugs are a common occurrence at the end of class. They remember the program years after they have experienced it!

Read on to find out more about this Lynda everyone talks about...

Who is Lynda?

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“Our children are besotted by your sparkly presence!”  Michelle – Team Leader Wyndham City Council

 

Lynda Slavinskis, our founder and lead presenter is:

  • A Masters Qualified Early Childhood Teacher 

  • A talented and experienced singer and musician. Lynda has performed extensively around Australia and overseas. She studied classical and contemporary voice into adulthood and has also studied all genres of dance. She studied the electronic organ and music theory for many years and was very good at it. She studied the violin for a few years at high school and was not so good at that!

  • A lawyer of 16 years experience working for large corporations such as Sussan Corporation and Tattersalls and in her own successful business law firm Lynda Slavinskis Lawyers and Consultants (LSLC) for a decade, where she counted Endota Spa amongst many other highly successful companies as her clients, until selling in 2013 to dedicate her life to education of young children;

  • A popular and engaging presenter/motivational speaker on early childhood education, business and overcoming various traumas in life including socio-economic disadvantage, infertility, chronic pain, as well as her own journey to complete authenticity and happiness;

  • Victorian finalist Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards 2006;

  • Member of Small Business Advisory Council to the Victorian Small Business Minister for 2 successive terms between 2005 and 2010;

  • President Ashburton Traders Association 2008 and 2012;

  • Past board member of The Craig Family Centre Inc, Alfred Road Kindergarten and Mission Massimo Foundation;

  • Co-founder of The Edge Charitable Fund, a charity established to assist disadvantaged children in the Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone areas to access educational and co-curricular services;

  • An old MacRob girl;

  • Wife to Peter, mum to Elijah and fur mum to Luna the Black Cavoodle;

  • Obsessed with Broome and Paris, the theatre, succulents, the veggie patch, swimming and reading (for more on Lynda's life and loves head on over to our socials where she often shares stories so you can get to know her better).

Now that we've got all the credentials out of the way.... you might want to know why a successful lawyer would kick it all in to become an early childhood educator and develop a music program for young children? Click the slideshow below for All The Doo Dah Day's origin story. 

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Our Story - A Little Voice Lost

“Stop talking in that baby voice!”

“Squeakbox”

“Talk properly!”

“But that is my real voice!”

 

Lynda Slavinskis, founder of All The Doo Dah Day was a clever and talented young girl. She loved to sing and she loved to read.  When she sang her voice was unusually deep and powerful for a little girl.  But when she spoke she had a tiny high pitched voice like a chipmunk. 

 

At school Lynda was ostracised for being the smart kid until she learnt that by dumbing herself down and being funny, kids would be friends with her.

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