Announcing Kindermusik@Home!

17 12 2012

AtHomeHeader_EducatorVersionAs a licensed Kindermusik educator, there is nothing I love more than hearing about your favorite songs and how the magic of Kindermusik doesn’t stop when we sing that last good-bye or give a final hug.

Families tell me every day how they use our music and activities to connect throughout the week. We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from doctor visits to grocery shopping—the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories. Anyone else sing the Kindermusik song every time you put your toys away or host an impromptu dance party to your favorite CD on a rainy day?

Parenting just got easier – in class and at home!

Through the newest research and technology, Kindermusik makes sure parents receive the educational tools they need to tap into the power of music to help make parenting easier and support their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. That’s why enrollment in every Kindermusik class includes music and age-appropriate activities for families to use together at home where a child learns best.

Now, with Kindermusik@Home you can easily access your favorite Kindermusik songs, activities, books and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer.

See for yourself!

Kindermusik@Home educational activities for children include:

  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as:
    • dance and movement activities
    • fingerplay demonstrations
    • together-in-the-kitchen activities
    • music time
    • focused listening games
    • video field trips
    • find-it/count-it style activities
    • ideas for pretend or imaginative play
    • and more!
  • The Why It’s Good for Your Child area provides parents with the educational insight behind the activities.
  • Download Center provides Printable Activity Pages and, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs.

Tell me more!

I think you will find Kindermusik@Home easy for you. Good for your little one. Fun for all! Ask me how you can access the benefits of Kindermusik@Home today.

Regards

Tina

 

 

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Free Musical E-card

4 03 2012

Just choose a card, add your own message, and fill in the delivery details. Preview to make sure it’s perfect. Then hit “Send,” and your musical e-card will be on its way. Visit http://play.kindermusik.com/en/#/ecards-tab





Baby the reader?!

12 08 2011

The most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader is to read aloud to him. Read rhymes, stories, poems—the more, the better.

Baby the Reader?!

It may seem silly to think about reading to Baby during his infancy, but by doing so, you are setting the stage for him to become an eager reader as he grows. The impressions Baby gets from early reading will greatly influence his propensity later for independent reading.

Reading to Baby in a cozy, pleasant environment creates positive associations with books and learning. Reading to Baby also aids in language development. As Baby hears language spoken to him, he internalizes the sounds which he will later use in his own speech. Younger babies will not understand what the words mean but will hear words, tones, and inflections which will eventually transfer to his own speech. Speaking in many tones and timbres stimulates an enormous amount of neural growth. By eight months many babies are even able to distinguish familiar words from unfamiliar words.

Books for Baby

Baby will enjoy looking at books with parents for many reasons. First, reading together provides a quiet time where the adult’s attention is completely focused on Baby. She will love this attention and will likely associate this positive feeling with books.

Also, Baby enjoys books because books are predictable in an often unpredictable world. Books promote a feeling of success when repeated readings result in the ability to predict what will happen.

Books are intriguing to hold and manipulate! “Young toddlers enjoy the hinge action of sturdy board books. You might see a toddler turning a page back and forth over and over again. She is creating her own ‘peek-a-boo’ experience, watching a picture appear and disappear over and over again. Sturdy cardboard pages also help the child learn to use the thumb and forefinger to turn the pages, the skill for mastering paper pages later.”

Simple Steps, by Karen Miller, p. 40.

The feathers Baby’s Book is meant to be held, looked at, and touched by Baby. The pleasure of interacting with a book gives Baby a personal experience with written language even before written symbols are understood.

Reading at Home

• Choose a favorite book to share with Baby. Cuddle together under a blanket or sit in the shade of a tree, and quietly play your Kindermusik Home CD. Make “reading time” a special time!

• Allow Baby some quiet time to explore his feathers Baby’s Book alone. Observe his interests—does he seem to like a particular page or does he like to play with the pages? Either way, his exploration time alone is invaluable.

• Make reading a ritual! End everyday with a book and a song. Cue the beginning of the bedtime reading ritual by playing “Sleep, My Little Bird” on your Home CD. Pick a book to share and gather Baby into bed. Make going to bed easier by having this special time to look forward to every evening.

• Spend time exploring your Kindermusik Banners. While you move together to look at the banners from different angles, Baby’s body and head will move, and in response, her eye muscles will strengthen. The more her eyes move, the more her eyes “learn” to work together. Later on, this “eye teaming” will enable Baby to focus, track, and concentrate as she learns to read in school.

Kindermusik Village: feathers





Rhythm of my Day Week 8

12 06 2011

 

My, how you’ve grown in these past 8 weeks, and I don’t only mean your baby!

 

As you look over these past eight weeks, it’s easy to see how much your baby has changed. But you have been changing too. You’ve learned new ways to comfort and play with your baby, danced and moved to a variety of music, and made music a part of your daily lives.

 

Our classroom has become a community, and I hope you will continue to see the new friends you’ve made. As you begin a new semester of Kindermusik you will become an even greater music educator for your child. And you and your child will continue learning more about presenting new challenges at exactly the right time—when your baby is ready.

 

Together the rhythm of our days will grow into the music of our lives. I hope to see you soon!

Please don’t forget to re enrol for our new topic Hickory Dickory tickle and Bounce.





CHILD’S PLAY LEAD TO DEEP QUESTIONS

7 06 2011

My four- year old boy hands me his palm so I can teach him to sing a traditional Filipino nursery rhyme that is very similar to “Round and round the garden.”  I had introduced it to him when he was one month of age.

Even at this age the anticipation of the tickle always brings a big smile to our faces.  The big old tickle giggle never disappoints!  That night he asked his Lola (Grandma in Tagalog) to teach him the song.  Experiences such as these melt my heart.

“I remember your Lola’s dad singing it to me when I was your age.”  I tell Christian.   Then I reminisce my childhood memories with him.  Which led to questions like “Where is Lola’s dad now? “ and “What does heaven look like?”

All these thoughts, feelings, emotions, analysis, disciplined think and attending all from a simple song.  Even at this young age a song can touch our deepest emotion and extend a range of feeling.

From this simple song we share a bond, a sense of community.

Not only does it help emotionally, cognitively but also physically.  As he circles his pointer finger on my palm he is developing his fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and at the same time he is learning patterns in language.

Many people ask me “When is a good time for my child to learn music.”

I always say that even while your child is in the womb and from birth surround yourself and your baby with music.

Hans Christian Andersen sums it all up “Where words fail, music speaks”

Tap and rock your baby to the steady beat so they learn to internalize it within their bodies.  This will in turn help with the ability to walk, bounce balls, cut with scissors.

 

Here are some ways to help integrate music into your child’s life.

  • Join a structured musical learning class with your child
  • Listen to a variety of quality recorded music at home and while running errands in the car
  • Sing familiar songs or make up your own songs while you play or when working around the house.
  • Take time to listen to all the interesting sounds in your environment – imitate nature sounds while out for a walk.
  • Explore sounds with homemade instruments like pots and pans, spoons, and shakers
  • Create family music making opportunities in which everyone plays along.  Include all your talents from playing the spoons to folk instruments to gathering around the piano.
  • Dance to music from the radio, television, or any other source you enjoy.
  • Use simple props such as scarves, balls and hoops to play movement games.  Add a favourite song.
  • Make music part of your child’s bedtime routine or any routine (bathing, cooking, cleaning) – lullabies are particularly
  • Soothing and calming and provide a time for parent and child bonding.

 

The bottom line is music and dance – within a fun, loving and nurturing environment – can bring a life long happiness and warm memories in your child’s life.  What a wonderful start to life!





Rhythm of my day Week 7

6 06 2011

Children delight in peeking games, and will look to find you over and over again. But hiding games are more nursery rhymes. They teach your baby about a concept called object permanence, or the understanding that something exists even if she can’t see it. Your baby will develop object permanence over time, but by playing hiding games she may develop this understanding sooner. Over time she will pick up the scarf to find the toy hiding underneath.





CITIES, BUSY PLACES FRIENDLY PLACES! New 3-5yr old classes Starting 20th of June 2011

5 06 2011

In Cities! Busy Places – Friendly Faces preschoolers and their families are invited to explore the many people and places of the city. Your child’s imagination will soar as he/she explores the grandeur of city buildings, the bustle on the footpath and the many people in city neighbourhoods.

You and your child will: • Explore Movement – sweeping movement, up and down the elevator movement, dance

and freeze like a statue movement, as well as walking down paper “footpaths” and

stopping to draw our footprints. • Make music with Kindermusik Resonator Bars –playing along to Zum Gali Gali,

learning new musical terms, and using mallets to create ringing and damped sounds. • Play Games – a shoe passing game, a street vendor game and a movement and matching game involving three artists, math, a drum and the Puerto Rican children’s

game song San Sereni • Make homemade “buildings” to create a city together ready for a group dance among

the skyscrapers • Read two books, one about a “snappy, zippy” photographer and the other about

rhythmically busy shopkeepers

Cities! Busy Places – Friendly Faces brings more good reasons for Kindermusik families to turn off the television, turn on the music and welcome the many adventures that Cities! can bring to your days together!

About the Class:

• Age • Size of Class • Length of Class • # Classes per semester • Parent Involvement

of class

At Home Materials:

3 and 4 year olds 6-7 children 45 Minutes 15

Last 10 – 15 minutes

• Two Home CD’s • Cities! Games Board Set • Two Literature Books – “Razupazu Toto” and “Down Our Street” • Family Activity Book • Kindermusik Resonator Bars With Mallets

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Early bird special $330 paid by the 6th June normally $345

15 weeks starting Week of the Monday 20th June 2011

Monday Castle Hill 1pm

Thursday Castle hill 11am

Wednesday Rouse hill 9.15am

ENROL NOW








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