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.


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


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


Hello Weather week 11 & 12

16 05 2011

What an uplifting experience the children and I had in Week 11.  In class we heard three versions of the familiar song Jingle Bells.* First, we sang along to a traditional arrangement; then we danced to a “jazzy” version; and last, we rocked to a soothing piano rendition.  Take a few moments to listen to these again at home and talk with your child about the differences.  “Which do you like best?”  “Do you hear someone singing?”  “What instruments do you think are playing?” Guiding your child to listen intentionally will help his/her aural skills as well as develop his/her use of vocabulary.

Also, we read Hurry Home, Little Kittens.   Enjoy reading this together, singing the refrain and making lots of wind, rain and storm sounds!

*See page 39 of your Family Activity Book for a brief history on the song Jingle Bells.

The focus of week 12 activity, All the Day Long, was developing phonemic awareness. A phoneme is the smallest segment of speech.  Developing phonemic awareness is critical in laying the groundwork for learning to read and write.  I encouraged the children to sing part of the song on “la” and then on other phonemes such as “ba,” “ boo,” and “loo.” You can continue this type of singing at home with any favorite song and phonemes of your choice.  Your child will likely find this beneficial activity to be “silly” fun and may even offer his/her own phoneme suggestions.

Also, invite your child to show you how “little thumbkin” dances.  While singing Lirum, Larum (a traditional German children’s singing game), we wiggled our fingers individually then together.  Try this with your toes as well!


Bring your homemade sleigh bells to class next week for galloping and jingling!

Rhythm of my Day week 4 & 5

16 05 2011
Hi Village families;
In week 4 we heard music from England, Scotland, The Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and many regions of the United States.
By exposing your baby to a variety of music from many cultures, you’re helping her build a large library of musical tastes and appreciation from which to choose.
Not only is this important for her musical development, but it helps her to learn to listen more carefully and be more open to new experiences.
Rhythm, the rhythm, the rhythm of our class! Rituals are such an important part of all our lives. The rituals associated with waking up, meals, nap, bath, and bedtime give your baby a sense of calm and confidence. He learns to anticipate what will come next and this reassures him about many things in his world, especially that he is taken care of and loved.
I hope our Village rituals have given both of you a sense of belonging and security. From our hello song, through rocking time, quiet time, and our good byes, we have built a safe and loving community through our shared rituals.
I look forward to the new traditions we will create next week. Thank you for sharing the rhythm of your days with me!

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