Integrated Learning

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The most powerful learning experiences are those that integrate the senses, learning domains, developmental needs, and interests of the children. Through such a variety, each child will surely be touched in at least one area.  Equally important is the fact that development in one learning domain inevitably influences development in other domains.

The Good Wife’s Guide!

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Check out this article from Good Housekeeping Magazine 1955. Did anyone really live like this? My mother, who sent this to me, said she never would have gotten married in the 1950’s if she had known this was how married life was SUPPOSED to be! She doesn’t remember her mother’s house being anything like this either.

Great Music From Around the World

Something that can pleasantly surprise families new to Kindermusik, is the wonderful inclusion of favorite folk songs from around the world. This adds a wonderful dimension to your music listening and exposes your child to other cultural sounds.

This fall you will hear:

For Babies
Zoom Buggy – May There Always Be Sunshine (Russia) Zum Gali Gali (Israel), The Keel Row (Northumberland), Suliram (Indonesia), Les raftsmen (Canada), Canoe Song (Native Americanish) and Polovtsian Dance (Poland).
Dream Pillow – Aiken Drum (Scotland), Sur Le Pont D’Avignon (France), Softly, Softly (Germany), Tants, Tants, Yidelekh! (Klezmer), Sarasponda (Netherlands), Latvian Lullaby (Latvia). For Toddlers
Milk & Cookies – Barn Sull (Scandanavia), Duermete, mi nino (Latin America), Fais do-do (France), The Muffin Man (England), Shakin’ Shakin’ (Apalacia), Savez vous plantez les choux (France), and Shake Hands (African-American).
For Preschoolers
Hello Weather, Let’s Play Together – Sally Go ‘Round the Sun (North America), Morning Sun Has Risen (Israel), The Mulberry Bush (England), Japanese Rain Song (Japan), Uskudar (Turkey), Weggis Song (Switzerland), Funiculi Funicula (Italy), Lirum Larum (Germany), Siyahamba (Zulu), and Rain or Shine (Texas).
For Families
Here, There, Everywhere – My Kite (England), Sulla Lulla (Norway), Alle Meine Entlein (Germany), Sma Grodorna (Sweden), Shoo Fly (America), Water Come a Me Eye (Jamaica), Whisky Frisky (African-American), San Sereni (Puerto Rico), Zum Gali Gali (Israel) and Cantonese Lullaby (China).

–Thanks Darci!

We Dance Together

Here is a terrifically inspiring website from the mother of a Downs Syndrome child. Do you believe that diversity= enrichment?

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“A conversation with Katie is a reflection on a dialogue we had a few
years ago while I was interviewing Katie for a publication. I asked Katie
what people could do to support her dreams. I recall being entirely
confused when she replied, “You can dance.” I thought she was fooling
around and admittedly I didn’t pay much attention to what she had to say.
But in the years since, with the help of some other folks, I’ve come to
understand the power and meaning of her words. One theme in her message is
that we need each other to become fully ourselves. So much of the rhetoric
about inclusive schools and communities is aimed at ‘helping’ people with
disabilities. But Katie is saying that when we are together, when we learn
together, work together and live in community with others, we all benefit,
we all become more. “

Read Your Children a Story—and Boost Their Brainpower

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Reading aloud to infants and toddlers is beneficial in many ways, from hearing spoken language to feeling a heartbeat next to theirs. Literacy experts say that young children interact with books and reading in different ways at different ages.

The Babyzone has a great article on reading to your child.
Here is a guide to your child’s reading habits from birth to age two and beyond.
Young Babies: It’s About Attitude
Older Babies: I Think This Might Mean Something
Young Toddlers: I Get It!
Two and Beyond: Interaction Is It
At Any Age: Follow Your Child’s Lead

Sign & Sing!

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We’re delighted to have something else to sing (and SIGN!) about!! Introducing SIGN & SING, Kindermusik International’s new SIGN LANGUAGE curriculum for parents with hearing children.

A short, ten-week session will be offered this Fall and again in the Spring. Click HERE for scheduling information, or call 513-4994 to register. Class space is limited.

Read on to learn more about this exciting new curriculum…

A different approach from other sign language programs.
Through songs, toys, and loving playtime between you and your child, Kindermusik Sign & Sing shows you more than 50 signs your child can use to communicate with you. Using research-proven methods shown to speed language development in hearing children, you’ll see how sign language can ease frustration and enhance long-term learning abilities for your child.

Songs and fingerplays.
Already accustomed to fingerplays and rhyme-songs—such as “This Little Piggy”—you’ll easily substitute American Sign Language (ASL) signs in familiar songs, improving your child’s language skills, fine motor skills, and strengthen fingers for zipping zippers and using scissors.

Learn when you play.
You’ll never have to memorize a list of signs. This curriculum gives you the ASL signs that are most useful to you, and most interesting to your child. So playtime and everyday items around the house—ball, bubbles, mom and dad—become the objects of learning in the classroom, and sign language becomes a natural, happy part of your child’s day.

Hearing children who know signs, learn language almost twice as fast.
As early as 11-14 months old, hearing children exposed to sign language put little sentences together faster than non-signing children, who do not begin to combine words into short sentences, such as “Da-da car” until the average age of 20 months.
Study conducted by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert, Signing Smart program founders.

Benefits for Your Child and You
* Communicate with your child even before she can form the words.
* Ease a child’s frustration by helping her communicate what she needs, speed language development, and enhance long-term learning abilities.
* Know when your child is most ready to interact and learn.
* Learn sign language teaching methods, such as making the sign on a child’s body, on the floor, or hand over hand.
* Recognize and respond to your child’s version of signs.

Enjoy the Journey All Week Long
Sign & Sing is much more than a weekly class. The At Home Materials you receive from your Educator help you to continue that one-of-a-kind experience at home. Family involvement in your child’s learning is a fundamental cornerstone of the Kindermusik philosophy because we believe the parent is the child’s most important teacher and the home is the most important place for a child’s learning to take root and grow.

Sign & Sing At Home Materials:
– Family Activity Guide
– DVD glossary showing 60 signs
– Clip-on flashcards that feature photos of both children and adults using family-friendly American Sign Language signs