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, and soon hopefully books, and a TV 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 has spent her entire career in early childhood working with young children and their families. She has over 20 years experience singing with children in classrooms, libraries, parks, and museums, and over 15 years of successful experience conducting quality and engaging early childhood professional development. 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, including Boston, New Jersey, Michigan, and Kansas as a trainer for the High Scope Educational Research Foundation, and has been a returning speaker at the Young Child Expo in NYC. She has her Master’s degree in Education, and was certified as a National Early Childhood Teacher.
Lori Lynn has written curriculum and taught lessons for Opportunity Education, which is 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 was honored with the 2014 'Friend of Young Child Award' from the SW IAEYC chapter for her service to young children.
Lori Lynn would love to come to your school, library, or conference. She would be happy to provide a day of music in the schools, a concert with children and families, and/or a customized training for your staff or families. Use the CONTACT page on this website to reach out & bring Lori Lynn to you!