Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Helpful Reminders!

The first few weeks are a whirlwind of activity. New teachers, new friends, and new music. Sometimes it takes several weeks for children to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. What do you need to know:
  • Be on time for class.  I realize parking can be an issue. After 5 pm you can park in any lot!
    1. Leave toys and food at home or in the car.
    2. Be patient and encouraging. 
    3. Think, say: how many ways can the sticks, move high, move low, wave our hand, etc...  Your suggestion, then they get an idea of their own, this is called scaffolding!
    4. Have fun in class, and your child will follow your lead.
    5. Some children are observers.  The class is where they soak it in, and then later it comes pouring out!
    6. Unless you are expecting an important call, turn your phone off when you come to class.
    7. Focus on your child during class, and save conversation with grown-ups for later.
    8. Play the music at home and in the car.  
    9. Incorporate activities from class into your daily routine. Your family activity book or card has lots of ways to do this.
    10. Please sign the photo release if it is okay to post pictures of you and your child on social media or the Kindermusik blog/website. 
    11. Check the board in the Kindermusik for pertinent information.  Email and Facebook are also ways we communicate on a regular basis.
    12. Do you need some parenting tips?  Kindermusik International has great post to help you out, check out their blog
    13. Teacher email addresses:  Wendy Williams  Kay Bratton Kathryn Nobles
    14. Still need an answer, check this post.
    Remember all children are different, and your child may not participate the same as others. Your child may wander or just observe, but they are absorbing the atmosphere and are learning.
    You may need to stand up with your child, while others are sitting. You may need to find a new way to rock or move. Find a way to participate with your child.  If you are engaged, they will be too!

    For those with older children (Imagine That or Young Child), you may notice that they respond differently when you come for sharing time. This is part of being an independent learner. Try not to judge your child. Do correct disruptive behavior that is inappropriate such as loud talking, angry outbursts or struggling with a sibling who enters. Once class is over, tell the child what you enjoyed about being in class with them. Put the accent on the positive that you want to see repeated.

    If you miss a class you are welcome to make it up on another day/time.  Unfortunately some classes don't have that option...especially the evening classes.  It would be helpful if you could email about making up a class, just so we know you are coming.  It is not imperative, but encouraged.  Here is the class schedule for Spring 2016:

    Kindermusik Village (newborn – 18 months)
    Tuesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Wednesday 9:15 a.m 
    Thursday 9:30 a.m.
    Thursday 5:30 p.m. (music library)

    Kindermusik Our Time (18 months – 3 years)
    Monday 5:45 p.m. 
    Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
    Wednesday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 10:15 a.m. 
    Thursday 6:30 p.m. 
    Friday 9:30 a.m. 

    Kindermusik Imagine That! ( 3.5 - 5 years)
    Monday 5:30 p.m. (music library)
    Thursday 11:00 a.m. 
    Friday 10:15 a.m.

    Kindermusik for the Young Child (4.5 – 7 years)
    Year One (green folder)  Tuesday 5:15 p.m.  Thursday 3:45 pm
    Year  Two (yellow folder) Thursday 4:45 p.m.

    Beyond Kindermusik
    Beyond 2 - 3:45 - 4:45 pm
    Beyond 1 - 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

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