My friend Donna who teaches Kindermusik up in Memphis recently relayed this great story:
“I had a parent who will have her son in IT this fall at our CMS open
house last night. She was waivering between enrolling her 4 yr old in
kindermusik or in piano. After I explained what we do and what our
goals are, her eyes lit up and she said “It’s like preschool for
music lessons!“. She’s a kindergarten teacher, and she can easily see
the difference between children who have had preschool and who
haven’t in kindergarten, and she quickly made the connection that
having this early experience could easily make the difference between
a child truly being ready for music lessons and simply old enough.
And her little boy is darling.”
Thanks for sharing Donna!
We have new locations this year so call to find out where each demo is taking place. 513-4994
Saturday, August 25th 10:00 am (All Ages Welcome)
Monday, August 27th 9:15 am (newborn – 18 months)
Monday, August 27th 10:30 am (18 months – 3.5 years)
Monday, August 27th 2:30 am (3.5 years – 5 years)
Monday, August 27th 5:30 pm (newborn – 18 months)
Tuesday, August 28th 5:30 pm (18 months – 3.5 years)
Wednesday, August 29th 3:30 pm (Kindergarten – 1st grade)
Thursday, August 30th 9:15 am (newborn – 18 months)
Thursday, August 30th 10:30 am (18 months – 3.5 years)
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.
Fellow Kindermusik Educator and friend, Daneille Grimes, of Atlanta wrote the following article regarding getting back to the basics of playing. Daneille is a mother, grandmother, past Kindergarten teacher and of course a Kindermusik Educator! Her roles give her a rich experience to draw from as she gives this very opportune advice. Parents take heed and provide your child with some wonderful play experiences!
“Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens!”
Have you noticed how much pleasure your toddler can find in touching a pansy petal to his cheek? …or the fascination in the eyes of a three year old who has discovered a spider crawling on its web? Everyone who has a one-on-one relationship with a child can get “back to basics” in a
blink of an eye. Even fuzz-balls under the fridge can capture a little one’s interest. Think about the toys you or your child loved most….. probably a cuddly bear, a houseful of “little round people”, wooden building blocks, Colorforms shape sets, or play pots and pans, dishes
and some play dough “food”. A two year old can still spend hours playing with soapy suds or digging in the sand. Remember the basics when choosing toys and there will be less frustration for you AND your children. No batteries, raucous electronic voices or beeps, software that disappoints, violent games, or lost pieces in the bottom of the toy box. A gift of a big plastic tub with snap-on lid filled with age appropriate art supplies and blank paper, a plastic drop cloth, and a collection of “stuff” such as tissue tubes, stickers, rubber bands, feathers, scraps of fabric and construction paper might be one of the best gifts you could give. But don’t just set it down in front of your child…. “Let’s see what we can make!” could be the magic words. Don’t insist on conformity or beauty. Just the experience of construction can bring great satisfaction. There are some good books on home-made instruments for parents and children to make together, combining music and craft/art. Let me hear of your successes and/or disasters.
We can all learn from each other. Thank you Daneille! Parents let me know what kinds of fun play activities you and your children are enjoying! We might all get some good ideas!
Tell your friends. Come one and all to try out a Free Kindermusik class. Demos will be held August 25th – 29th. This is your chance to see if Kindermusik is the right fit for you and your child. I know it will be! Call me at 513-4994 to reserve a space.
It is time to register for fall if you want to ensure you get into the class that suits your schedule best. We have more afternoon and evening offerings this year but classes are beginning to fill fast. We do still have room in all age groups, so give me a call and we can find what works best for you and your child.
Register by August 31st to guarantee your child will receive his/her materials at the first class. I always feel sorry for the children who have to watch all other kids in their class get new CDs, books, and instruments while they have to wait a week or two. Sign up now and you won’t have to deal with tears of disappointment.
Kindermusik with Jeanne
There are many offerings at OPC for your kids this fall. I won’t give a full schedule here, but you can pick one up at their office at 310 S. 15th Street. Registration is from August 13-24. You can register online at http://activenet3.active.com/oxfordparkcommission/ but I’ve noticed they do not yet have the full schedule up there.
Here are a few of the classes and their age ranges:
Classical Ballet 6-9
Tiny Tots Tennis 2-3
Little Tennis 3-5
Gymnastics 2-4, 3-5, 5-8, 6-8
For your listening pleasure. I just couldn’t keep this one to myself!
Can you relate?