Overall Buddies is invested in early childhood learning. We love children and we love their families! We love the adults who guide their development! We strive to create quality music, videos, books, and hopefully soon an educational series all to help children grow in their self confidence, curiosity, joy, awareness, and social skills. We come from a base of music. We believe in music for music's sake. Sharing music bonds us and connects us in heart, soul, and mind. Music creates memories that last forever. We hope to sing with you real soon, and until then, we wish you many musical moments full of laughter, learning, joy, silliness, quietness, and love. Love, Lori Lynn Ahrends; Creator Overall Buddies.
Lori Lynn Ahrends is not only a children’s singer/songwriter. She is an international speaker with a Master's Degree in education, and has over 15 years of successful experience conducting quality and engaging early childhood professional development. She has spent her entire career in early childhood teaching young children, working with families, and guiding teachers as a state consultant. She has over 20 years experience singing with children in classrooms, libraries, parks, and museums, and loves to combine singing and teaching! Lori Lynn is a certified Early Childhood PBIS trainer, and has worked as an adjunct early childhood instructor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Iowa Western Community College. She has trained across the nation, and has been a returning speaker at the Young Child Expo in NYC. Lori Lynn was certified as a National Early Childhood Teacher, and was honored with the 2014 'Friend of Young Child Award' from the SW IAEYC chapter for her service to young children.
Lori Lynn has written curriculum and taught lessons for the Opportunity Education Foundation; a non-profit organization making quality education accessible to children in developing nations. She has provided professional development for African and Asian teachers in the OEF program and was a keynote presenter to 325 teachers and Ministers of Education at Seminars in Swedru, Ghana and Suhum, Ghana West Africa.
Lori Lynn would love to come to your school, library, or conference. With her unique combination of skills and expertise, she can create a visit especially suited to your needs. For example; She can provide a day of music and literacy in the schools, visiting classrooms throughout the day with social emotional lessons, combined with a concert for children and families, and has even stayed a second day to provide customized training for staff or families.
Use the email address below or utilize the CONTACT page on this website to reach out & discuss a plan to bring Lori Lynn to you!
OVERALL BUDDIES ADVISORY BOARD
The Overall Buddies Advisory Board is essential to all we do. Made up of professionals with skills central to our mission, our board includes one or more people who are experts in the following fields: early childhood development, teaching, early literacy, counseling, writing, administration, higher education training, & business. Stay tuned as we add each advisory board member's bio.