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Thursday, February 26, 2015


As I was perusing the Internet this morning, I came across an article on fire safety.  After completing "Jack Be Nimble" video short, I thought I would give it a read.  

I was shocked to find that 1 in 10 people will experience a house fire in their lifetime and that over 3,000 people lose their lives to house fires in the United States of America every year.  One in ten?  There are 6 of us in my immediate family, and now our oldest is in love and starting a family, that makes 8!  Then add all of my siblings and their offspring and don't forget the grandparents!  That's a total of 34. 
Odds are that at least 3 of the people that I love will experience a house fire at some point in their lives.  What can I do?  Spread awareness! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Overcoming Fears

Recently I went to watch my next neighbor teach swim lessons to toddlers.  Not only was I shocked and amazed at her confidence and resolution as she continued to calmly  rotate screaming kids in and out of the pool, I was mesmerized, traumatized and completely emotionally exhausted by the time I left the water sports parking lot.

I started to think about fear and how we deal with our children's feelings.  Do we indulge their fears, do we release them screaming into the water, or is there a middle ground?  
The truth of what I witnessed is that the kids all had a moment of acceptance and eventually learned to swim.  Was the fear still there? Yes, definitely, but with each little triumph you could see a glimmer confidence replace the fear in their eyes.

As a sat there, lesson after lesson and talked to the parents, I wondered if I could have handed over my child as she begged for her life not to let her go.  All of the feedback was the same, the kids left with a feeling of accomplishment, the parents left confident that if their child ever fell into a pool or lake, they would survive and I left emotionally drained questioning my beliefs about pushing kids through fear.

I realized after I left with much soul searching, I don't think I could  have handed over my screaming child. I have complete respect for the swim coach and the parents who chose this program.  I, however, prefer a more natural approach where we allow our kids to face their fears at their own pace with a gentle nudge.  Both styles come from a place of support and love with valid reasoning behind the choices.  Everyone has their own style of learning and every parent has their own ideas about how to raise children, what I took away from the experience was that  no matter your parenting style, teaching our children to face their fears, is a great way to build their confidence.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Underestimating our Youth.

I believe in our future.  The kids growing up today are exposed to so much information at such a quick pace and they are learning faster than ever.  I believe that our children are capable of so much more than what we ask of them most of the time.  Their brains are little sponges, eager to soak up new knowledge and they are at a phase in their lives where they are so eager to please and want to know everything. 

Have you ever had a conversation with a preschooler when the only word out of their mouth is "why?" You answer, they reply "why?" You answer again. Again you are met with an inquisitive "why?"  This game could go on for hours. Why?  Because kids have a natural desire to learn.

This is a great time to teach them as much as we can.  The only limit is when the child isn't interested.  So our job is to make learning fun and exciting and to continue to feed their insatiable desire to learn.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Learning made easy with Music.

Some days I can barely remember my own phone number, but ask me to sing a popular song that I haven’t heard in 20 years and I can remember every line.  Music is a great way to learn and memorize information.  It is an enjoyable process with no stress or pressure, just a fun way to develop a new skill. 

Who remembers School House Rock?  I learned all about American History and English Grammar from a Saturday morning cartoon short but I can tell you the purpose of a conjunction and I know how a bill becomes a law.  I know that an “interjection, shows excitement, or emotion.  They’re generally set apart from a sentence, by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.”

Studies have shown that using music as a teaching tool enhances learning and memorization.  Music nourishes the brain while affecting all areas of development, including strengthen listening skills, language and phonic awareness, and encourages participation.  In addition to calming and helping the mind focus, music can create feelings of general well being.

So if music makes learning easy and fun, then I suggest that we embrace it.  Dust off our dancing shoes, turn up the volume and encourage our kids to get moving to the rhythm of knowledge!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The SeaHawks are CanDos!

I have never really been a huge football fan but growing up and living back here in Seattle the past few years, how could I NOT be a Seahawks fan?
Talk about a belief system in action!  They are a fantastic example of the CanDo mentality.  Working hard with focus, but most of all believing in themselves and their team!

My new found passion for this team far exceeds their football skills on the field and in fact, it was fostered before they were crowned champions last year. Back in 2013, I was privileged to participate at WeDay (  They needed dancers for the show and we were honored to be a part of such an incredible positive movement for our youth.  It was an amazing day. 
The kids danced with MC Hammer and Kid President, took photos with Magic Johnson and Nelly Furtado and led the crowd of 15,000 in the WeDay Dance.  

Sometime during the day, Pete Carol was brought to the stage along with Russell Wilson, Richard Shernan, Russell Okung and John Moffitt.  That is when I learned that coach Carol and the Seahawks were responsible for bringing WeDay to the United States and Seattle.  That was it, that was the day I became a super fan.

To be a true champion you must give back.  For me, Pete Carol and his team were champions long before they ever brought home that Super Bowl trophy!

So after last weeks championship game, the CanDos got together and decided to pay homage to their favorite team and their incredible come back!  
For for information on WeDay please visit their site.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How it all 
Heidie Sharpe-

My goal is to entertain and educate pre K to 2nd graders with a focus on self-esteem and self-respect.  The CanDos were born out of a desire to teach kids that they Can Do whatever they put their minds to. 

I was a child that survived 2 divorces and found myself on my own at age 17, I put myself through community college in Los Angeles and then went to work.  I started at the bottom and worked my way up through the ranks to one day run and own my business. 

After seeing The Secret on Oprah in 2007, I sat down and made a list of the things I wanted in my life and ended up opening The Connection Performing Arts Center in a small town in Western Washington.   Just two short years after opening the center we were crowned The United States Hip Hop Junior Division Champions. That lead us to appear on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent, where we made it all the way to the quarter finals as Sharon Osbourne’s “Wild Card”.   After appearing on the show many amazing opportunities  followed; such as movies, concerts, and commercials.  MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Nike, Rachel Ray, We Day Seattle, U.S.A. Varsity Champions in 2013 and dancing for Oprah on her “Life I Want Tour”.

All of this success and the success of our young performers lead me to ask questions. What if what we did at the studio wasn’t a fluke, but a way to teach anyone that if they worked hard and believed, that anything was possible? What if we could reach the kids before they got to us and they arrived with that mentality?  How could I transfer the lessons I learned and applied at The Connection to a much younger demographic? 
That’s the day the CanDos were born!

This labor of love started in October 2010 and has become my passion.  I am so excited for this new adventure and sharing this message with the children of the world.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas with the CanDos!!! A Fun Holiday Adventure with the CanDos

Christmas with the CanDos!!! For a fun holiday adventure join the CanDo kids as they prepare for the holiday season!!!

This is a fun Preschool Entertainment Christmas Video. Celebrate Christmas with the CanDos.

The CanDos provide free learning videos for PreK-2nd graders. Teach your children to count and learn the alphabet the CanDo way. Songs and Music by the CanDos
Kids can sing, chant and learn along with our colorful catchy videos that teach the Numbers, ABC's, and Nursery Rhymes.


Saturday, November 23, 2013


Preschool Music Video, "Happy Thanksgiving From the CanDos!!!"
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, The CanDos are celebrating with Old Tom Turkey.  On this day of giving thanks we just wanted to let all of you know, just how thankful we are for you!  So we created a new video to show our appreciation! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hope you all have a great day and maybe this year we can all skip the turkey... or maybe just Tom!!!