Month: April 2012

Babies Learn Balance & Coordination in Kindermusik Village!

Big idea: Vestibular System

A hammock gently swaying in a warm ocean breeze or the quiet creaking of a porch swing in the dappled afternoon sunlight can bring thoughts of a little life balance in an increasingly complex world. As a parent of a child under 2, however, the nursery glider moving back and forth at 10:16pm, 2:01am, and 5:34am might be the closest you can get to that beach or front porch. It can work in a pinch though!
All that nursery rocking reinforces balance of a different kind in your child. The rocking, swaying, and movement stimulate your child’s vestibular system, the part of the brain that controls balance. In Kindermusik class, we rock to lullabies, bounce on knees, and even make hammocks out of blankets to help lap babies and crawlers begin to develop their sense of balance and to reinforce balance and stability in young walkers.

Everyday connection: Rock on! Try out some of the rocking moves from class at home. If your child feels nervous about hammocking in class, try it at home where she feels most comfortable. Think of different ways you can hold your child as you rock or bounce together.

What to expect in Kindermusik summer camps!

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! It’s time to start planning your summer activities! And there are lots of options for different ages and stages here at Sing Music Studio. Here’s what you can expect:

Weekly Kindermusik Adventures Camps for babies
One adult will participate with baby in two different 5 week themed camps: Peekaboo I Love You and Busy Days. In these weekly classes you’ll see baby grow and respond to new songs, movement, sights and sounds. Socialization, bonding, gross motor skills, listening, language development… just a few of the many important skills we will focus on through music and fun in class. Baby will delight in peekaboo games and activities that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine at home. And home materials including CD and instrument are part of the program making it even easier for you to bring the kindermusik experience home.

Weekly Kindermusik Adventures Camps and ABC Music & Me for toddlers
Toddlerhood is a world of exploration! Gross motor skills are the main skills toddlers are learning to master and mastery of movement creates self-confidence and a happy toddler! One adult will participate with each toddler in these fun and active weekly classes. We’ll be working on mastery of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language development, listening skills, brain development, socialization and so much more in these fun music & movement classes! Of course home materials including CD and instrument will make it easy for your toddler to bring the learning home and really get to know the songs we sing in class! In the Adventure camp series for 18 mos to 3 years, we’ll be visiting the zoo in Zoo Train! In ABC Music & Me for 18 mos to age 4, we’ll discover Marvelous Me and have lots of fun in Let’s Play!

Weekly and Week long afternoon Adventures Camps and ABC Music & Me for preschoolers
There’s lots of summer musical fun to be had for your preschooler here! Our week long afternoon camps are a blast! Drop your 3 to 6 year old off for 2 hours, parents join in for the last 15 minutes of camp to recap what we did in class and do a few activities together. Of course there will be lots of singing and learning through music in these creative and imaginative camps: On the Road, Confetti Days and Under the Rainbow. We’ll also include outdoor play at the park or crafts/indoor games if the weather does not cooperate for outdoor play. There’s also a weekly 1 hour option available through June for our On the Road camp. Children will receive home materials including CD and instrument to bring the learning home!

Weekly Adventures Camps family style
Visit the Kindermusik zoo with your family! This version of Zoo Train is designed especially for families with multiple children. Of course families with one child are welcome to join us too! In these weekly classes, we’ll explore music and movement with children of all ages between newborn and 7 years. Creating a multi-stage, multi-faceted learning environment that’s different from our other classes. Younger children and babies learn and socialize by watching older children while older children learn team work and leadership by watching and guiding the younger ones. We’ll still focus on important skills like fine and gross motor skills, socialization, listening, language and brain development. And yes, home materials will include CDs and instruments!

Sign & Sing for babies and toddlers
In these musical signing classes, you will learn how to communicate with your baby or toddler through sign language. Signing with your little one will help them to gain a stronger understanding of the language and alleviate frustration for both you and your little one by providing communication tools before baby has the ability to speak. Signing with baby doesn’t mean they won’t talk, it’s just the opposite, they’ll probably talk sooner because they have a deeper understanding of words when attaching them to a symbol. You’ll also receive DVDs and flashcards to help you continue the signing at home.

Drop-in fun at Sing & Play Dates for ages 0 to 7 years
These pay-as-you-go drop-in classes are perfect for the less planned summer! 45 minute classes where you participate with your child in music & movement, with a new theme in each class. Expect singing, dancing, circle dances, listening, stories and so much more. In these drop-in classes, we’re still working on the total development of your child through music but it’s fun to have a different perspective with different ages coming together. Plus your child will still receive an instrument and music download card or CD to bring the music home from class!

So that’s our fun musical Kindermusik summer in a nutshell!

Parenting through Music: Village & Our Time

Big idea: Kindermusik makes it easier to communicate with your baby or toddler

Traveling to another country can be exciting. New sights, sounds, customs, food, and time zones that wreck havoc on your sleep! If the locals speak a language you don’t understand, your communication abilities quickly downgrade to that of a one-year-old: the use of full-body gestures and speaking louder and louder in YOUR language thinking that will increase comprehension. Yikes! Where is the loo?
At Kindermusik, we know parenting a young child can be a bit like visiting a foreign country. New sights, sounds, customs, food, and your sleep is definitely wrecked! Plus, your little one does not exactly speak your language. Most grown-ups are no longer fluent in baby or toddler. We understand, which is why we intentionally include activities that will increase your child’s communication abilities. In class, when we use sign language, sing “Oh well, you walk, and you walk, and you walk and you stop” or when we listen to and imitate different sounds, your child is learning and practicing language. Eventually, this will lead to him speaking your language. (Well, until the teenage years, and then you’ll need your passport again!)

Everyday connection: A match made in Kindermusik. Your child loves the sound of your voice. Feed his love and grow his use of language at the same time by singing, listening, moving, and dancing to the music from class. The repetition helps increase language acquisition and retention. Plus, music is a language you both understand.