Spotlight on the NEW Sing & Play for 1s and 2s…. Please bring your young toddler for some special time together :)

August 17, 2013 at 12:29 am | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Dancing, emergent literacy, Family, Family Support, Fathers, FREE DEMO, FUN, Gymnastics, Kindermusik, Language, Love You Forever, Mom's, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Special Needs, Whole Body, Whole Brain, Whole Child | 1 Comment
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Offered at Neighborhood Academy of Music on Tuesdays at 10:45am-11:30am for a one time registration fee of $25.00 and monthly fees of $50.00 for ease of budgeting.

Get ready to sing, play, and move with your little one in this high-energy music class designed to be just right for children under two years of age. This new Kindermusik curriculum focuses on your child’s beginning movement, helping to build the muscles your baby needs to walk, and vocal development, helping to nurture your child’s speaking and singing voice. With a mix of both parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities, you’ll be able to join right in on all the singing and dancing while also getting the chance to observe how your older baby or toddler learns on her own. Embark on Kindermusik’s fun new exploration of singing, swaying, laughing, and playing through Sing & Play, a just-right mix of early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, and music and movement activities!

Our 4 week units will continue year round and as long as you are enrolled you will also be eligible for any Playdates or Special Occasion events at no additional cost! 🙂

Here is what to expect with your digital home materials… Similar to Cuddle &  Bounce, just a little different developmental focus.

Ebook/Reading with your baby/toddlers

Concepts/Ideas: Reading with babies, incorporating reading into your day, babies’ vision, pointing, voice inflection, routines. This activity can include baby at computer, but print-out and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer not to bring baby to computer. Physical books available for optional buy-up by parent in the US; by educators in other countries.

Baby Talk/Communicating with your baby/toddler

Concepts/Ideas: Vocal play, language development, signing, touch, face-to-face, back-and-forth, visual expressions, mouth movements.

Video Field Trip/Listening and Watching

Concepts/Ideas: 30-45 seconds of video exploration related to theme (e.g. train, bird). This activity invites baby to computer briefly, but print-out images and audio are both in Download Center for those who prefer zero screen-time.

Movement

Concepts/Ideas: Parent-driven movement ideas. On floor w/parent on back, child on knees; tummy time ideas; rocking, holding, flying, hammocking, dancing while facing or facing away, bouncing, etc.

Fingerplay/Toe Tickle/Nursery Rhyme

Concepts/Ideas: Illustrated or video steps for a specific fingerplay, toe tickle, or nursery rhyme.

Object Play/Props

Concepts/Ideas: Featuring mirrors, balls, fabrics, rattles, textures, surfaces, varied environments, etc.

Routines & Rituals, Day-to-Day

Concepts/Ideas: How to make an interactive learning experience out of day-to-day activities like folding laundry, going to the grocery store, things to do during a car ride, bath time, waking up, going to sleep, meal-times, in restaurants, meeting strangers, etc.

Music

Concepts/Ideas: An activity with music front-and-center. Featuring instruments, songs, singing, steady beat, pitch, etc.

DOWNLOAD CENTER

1. Printable story
2. Printable lyrics
3. Downloadable music
4. Printable activities

Printable “activities” will contain image/s to accompany video field trip, illustrated instructions/reminders for fingerplays and other activities, and printable card reminders of activity benefits (e.g. four great ways to stimulate vestibular system, ways to vary your reading, signals that your baby is overstimulated, tips for beach play).

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Parents ~ Consistency is your best friend when starting something new!

August 31, 2010 at 2:45 am | Posted in Children's Music, emergent literacy, Kindermusik, Parenting | Leave a comment
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Consistency is needed in times of change

Is your child starting pre-school or Kindergarten this fall? Are you concerned that keeping Kindermusik in his/her schedule will overload him/her? Actually, the opposite is true. With all the changes in his/her life, keeping him/her in Kindermusik provides the consistency required to make the transition easier. With life getting busier, and your child’s activities more independant in nature, Kindermusik is one place the two of you can spend time focused on each other. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

Two studies of Kindermusik students give you additional food for thought! Thank you Lori Burkhardt for the links to this information.

Click HERE for the below study article

 Click HERE for a short article for the the below study.

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So with that in mind remember music effects the whole brain and Kindermusik uses it’s process based classes to effect your child in a whole child way!

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Check out our website for Fall Class schedule and online registration.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and the role Music and Movement plays.

August 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Babies, Delopmental Stages, elementary, Parenting | 5 Comments
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Teaching emotional skills is making a big comeback.

Having Fun at Kindermusik

Having Fun at Kindermusik

In the current issue of Scholastic’s Instructor Magazine is a very pertinent article about this topic. Here is an excerpt from the article –

“In an era when high-stakes test scores rule, talking about social and emotional development in children can seem old-fashioned. But lately, the conversation about the so-called soft skills—the personal and interpersonal abilities kids need to maintain mental health and thrive socially, emotionally, and intellectually in a classroom—is being heard again around the nation. ” (read more here)

Kindermusik has developed a wonderful resource for parents regarding this same topic.

“Research demonstrates that involvement in music and movement activities from an early age helps children develop good social and emotional skills. Research also links social and emotional development with school-readiness and even with higher academic testing scores. It’s no surprise. After all, the same skills that foster emotional security and social success – skills like confidence, curiosity, cooperation, self-regulation, and good listening – predict cognitive achievement and academic success as well. ” Check out Music & Social-Emotional Development by Molia Dumbleton, M.A., M.A. and Heidi Gilman Bennett, read the summary here.  Read the full article for toddlers here. and for preschoolers here.

Just another reason Kindermusik would benefit your family this fall. Loving your child is what it’s all about!

Baby CAN learn ASL and Communicate Faster and Better!

March 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Babies, Brain Development, Delopmental Stages, emergent literacy, Hearing Impaired, Kindermusik, Language, Parenting, Sign & Sing | Leave a comment
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Sign & Sing Class

Sign & Sing Class

Dow Jones MarketWatch
3/12/09, 7:25 AM EDT
Parents can begin communicating early with babies by teaching them American Sign Language
By Debbie Cafazzo
TACOMA, Wash. – At 3 months old, Regan Finn started signaling to her parents when she needed a diaper change. At about 5 months, Katie Mingus could tell her parents when she needed help with something. And when she was 8 months old, Andelyn Boothby could ask clearly and politely for more milk.

Child prodigies?

Hardly.

The babies’ parents attribute their children’s early communications skills to the use of American Sign Language, or ASL. Neither the children nor their parents are deaf. But these Pierce County, Wash., parents say learning sign language helped boost their children’s language development, both in sign and in spoken words.

“I went into it skeptical,” says Jim Finn, Regan’s dad. “But I’ve been blown away by the results.”

Finn and his wife, Jody, who studied ASL in college, began signing to Regan from birth.

Every time they changed her diaper, for example, they made the sign for change. Eventually, Regan, who is now 20 months old, started making her own version of the sign.

“It probably saved us untold diaper rashes,” says Finn.

Rebekah Mingus, mother of Katie, who is now 17 months, says that learning to sign with her daughter probably sidetracked many tantrums. And Michelyn Boothby, Andelyn’s mom, says she was astounded at how fast her daughter, now 18 months, began stringing words together in sign language.

“It floored me,” she says. “Before she was even a year old, she was putting words together.” (read more)

As I have been teaching Sign & Sing created by Kindermusik and Signing Smart I have seen many of the same phenomenums. Signing children, talking earlier, parents amazed at what their children communicate, happier children due to lack of frustration, it is truly amazing! We are offering our Sign & Sing B, for children who already have begun signing and parents who want more, next Wednesday, March 18th at 9:15am. Our next Sign & Sing A will be scheduled as soon as we have interest.

Are you interested? Link through our website and let me know!

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

November 3, 2008 at 5:36 am | Posted in Babies, Kindermusik, Parenting | 1 Comment
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Baby at Kindermusik
Baby at Kindermusik
It’s November, and that means it’s Prematurity Awareness Month! November is when we focus the nation’s attention on the impact premature birth has on babies and families, and on the opportunities for prevention.

My own nephew was a 6 weeks premie and many of the children I have taught in my Kindermusik classes have also been premies. I feel very strongly about this issue.

Here are just a few things you can do this month to help spread awareness of the effects of premature birth!

DONATE
In giving to the March of Dimes, you help us to continue our vital research, education, community services, and advocacy programs. The Save Premature Babies cause has set a goal of raising $5,430 – just one cent for each baby born prematurely in the US each year. Please help us to reach this goal by clicking the “Donate” button on the cause or by going directly to https://www.causes.com/fb/donations/new?m=52474318&cause_id=248. Thanks for your support for helping us to reach this goal!

SIGN THE PETITION FOR PREEMIES
In the US today, more newborns die from premature birth than any other cause. It’s time for our country to do more help moms have healthy, full-term babies. Sign the Petition for Preemies today to help urge Congress and our new president to make progress for preemies! We have a goal of receiving 543,000 signatures- one for every baby born prematurely in the US each year. Sign the petition now at http://www.marchofdimes.com/petition.

DOWNLOAD A SONG
Download Billboard top ten recording artist Bettina’s new song “Cradle to the Grave” for 99 cents during the month of November and one dollar will be donated to the March of Dimes! “Cradle to the Grave” is a song about family and was written in honor of Bettina’s goddaughter who was born premature. You can download the song now at http://www.bettinamusic.com or on iTunes.

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We want to hear what you’re doing this November! After you complete one or all of these simple tasks to help save babies, head on over to the cause and click on “Prematurity Awareness Month” in the Discussion Board and tell us what you’ve done!

Thanks for being a champion for babies!

Dream Pillow Starts October 22nd… bring your infant to class!

October 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm | Posted in Babies, emergent literacy, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Village | 1 Comment
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Dream Pillow Home Materials

Dream Pillow Home Materials

Come join the fun as we begin our newest Village unit, Dream Pillow, next Wednesday, October 22nd, at 9:15am, or Monday, October 27th at 10:45am. Dream Pillow illicits images of all things special about the night: the moon, the stars, dreaming, and the nighttime rituals families enjoy on the way to a peaceful, sleeping child. This rich musical unit is filled with all of this and more. The title alone brings images of rocking, cuddling, singing, and lulling to sleep, but leading up to sleepy time are many upbeat and playful activities for parent and child to enjoy.

Babies and adults alike will swirl to a dreamy cloud dance in “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” They’ll also play baby appropriate instruments to “Aiken Drum,” and “Sarasponda.” Favorite nursery rhymes like “Wee Willie Winkie,” and “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,” are sprinkled throughout the classes. The wonderful calming voice of Arthur Joseph tells tales of his own lullabies with his children. It’s easy to weave many of the class songs and activities into your families’ daily routines.

Home Materials: A board book that calms and relaxes—Dream Pillow Lullaby, Home CD of the songs heard in class, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy, and a wooden Star baby instrument for music-making at home.

Kindermusik Village is a true bonding experience for baby and parent. The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, baby’s growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged.

Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement. For your convenience, we offer online registration.

Come dream a little dream with me……………

Babies have a sense of rhythm… pitch and melody study says

October 19, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Parenting | 3 Comments
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Mom and Baby

Mom and Baby

It will be months before they talk, walk or even sit up. But at just a day old, babies have a strong sense of rhythm, say researchers.

Newborns are also sensitive to pitch and melody, they found.

Experts said that introducing a child to music at an early age could enhance these innate musical abilities and also help them learn to talk.

The fledgling musical talent was discovered by Hungarian researchers during a study of more than 100 boys and girls who were only one or two days old. (read more)

Thank you Ginger for finding this valuable information!

My Little Dancer ~ A parent’s view of Kindermusik

October 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Babies, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment
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A parent in my Kindermusik studio, Jennifer Hawley, wrote the following for our blog. Jennifer will contribute periodically. I look forward to her contributions! Her sons’ Nathaniel and Micah are currently in Family Time class. 🙂

“I’ve been taking my son, Nathaniel, to Kindermusik since he was about 8 months old. It didn’t take him long to start loving music.

On days when he was cranky, all I had to do was sing the “hello” song and he’d get a big smile on his face and start dancing. He’s now 20 months old and every time he hears any type of music he starts to dance. Whether it be the background sound on a commercial, the NFL football gameday jingle, the radio in the car, or the worship music at church, as soon as he hears a tune, he begins to boogie. And it’s just the cutest thing to watch! He plants his feet firmly on the ground, lifts his arms up with elbows bent at 90 degrees, and bends his body at the waist side to side to the beat of the music, all the while grinning from ear to ear.

My husband and I both attribute his love of music to my time with him in the Kindermusik Village baby classes. We are grateful to have the opportunity to expose him to this fun learning experience and desire to continue classes throughout his childhood.”

Thank you Jennifer!

Dad’s get equal Time… Dadsense along with Momsense!

October 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Kindermusik, Music Making, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment
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Merrie Williams, a fellow Kindermusik educator, brought the following ‘Momsense’ video back to life with an additional video to showcase ‘Dadsense’. Thank you Merri as I too have enjoyed all of these “-isms”! 🙂

Here is the original Anita Renfroe video followed by the addendum ‘Dadsense’ video. I hope you enjoy!

And now Dadsense!

A Song a Day Raises Achievement and Makes for a Happy Learner!

October 2, 2008 at 1:37 am | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment
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A Song a Day Raises Achievement: Partnering With Classroom Teachers

Thousands of children are failing to learn to read and perform math well enough to succeed in school and beyond (No Child Left Behind state assessments). Not only have new curriculums failed to close the gap, they are resulting in disengaged, unmotivated students and unhappy, over-stressed teachers. Additional time has been allocated to reading and math by taking it away from human needs such as eating, talking, moving and singing.

This is a serious mistake. Singing is a natural, primary source for learning that activates more areas of the brain than any other activity. Singing folksongs and playing games attracts and enlivens children, builds vocabulary and fluency, and strengthens neurological pathways necessary for linguistic and logical thinking. Children’s “play” is actually their “work”. (read more here)

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