Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kindermusik

You Southern Village people are so lucky. You have everything: a good gym with childcare, a Weaver Street Market, live outdoor concerts, a movie theatre, parks, walking trails (although someone has to explain Fan Branch Trail to me), and even Kindermusik with Rebecca.

If you haven't heard of Kindermusik before, let me introduce you.
Kindermusik is a classroom learning experience. We teach children music so they can become better learners. Kindermusik enhances the developing skills in the whole child - ages newborn to 7 years - cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language and musical. For more than 25 years, Kindermusik has proven that music is the best conductor for learning. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzZYdgVVr9c

Ok, so that wasn't me introducing you, perse, but that's what Kindermusik has to say about Kindermusik.

What I have to say about Kindermusik is that it is 45 minutes once a week of fun, games, social development, motor skill development, and just time to do something with your baby that is structured (less thinking for mommy!). Between the songs, the musical instruments, the other children, and the various learning toys, Kindermusik keeps giving.

From a mommies' perspective, you can make it as high energy or as sedentary as you want. So if it was a rough night, sit back and let your baby enjoy. If you are feeling game, you can bounce all around the room holding your baby (I am not going to label this Fitness, but WHEW).

Kindermusik is all over the Triangle, in so many locations it's surprising. To find the one closest to you visit: http://www.kindermusik.com/

I personally take the one with Rebecca in Southern Village: http://musicwithrebecca.yourvirtuoso.com/
Rebecca is fantastic. She has been teaching for years, has children of her own she has raised taking Kindermusik classes, and C is fascinated with her. I personally love how she walks us through the developmental aspects of the activities we do. She explains how it helps the babies and children, and why we should do it at all. I also appreciate her creativity. One of the best classes for C was a time when Rebecca brought pansies in for each of the children to explore, touch, feel, and, in C's case, rip apart. He was in heaven. And I simply wouldn't have thought of it (remember: pansies are edible flowers).

The only negatives about Kindermusik is that it is a session-registration model. Meaning you have to commit for up to 5 months of classes, and pay in advance. Make ups are flexible and available, but still hard for some mommies. I have a hard time with session commitments in general, but this one seems to work for us because of the time of day.

Also, Kindermusik is not cheap. It is fairly comparable in per class price to other child-centered activities out there, but you also have to pay for materials and curriculum. We didn't really mind since we got two great CDs that have gotten us through many road trips as well as some instruments and bells that C loves.

It is hard, too, for the littler ones since the age group is pretty diverse. C's class goes from newborn to 18 months. Well, there is a big difference in that span of years. It doesn't seem to affect the enjoyment the children have, and all exercises can be done by every age. It just means that the walkers sometimes dominate the class. But it can also be good since there are movement models for your baby. C loves watching the walkers and certainly tries to mimic them while we are there.

But C absolutely adores his Kindermusik class. And we are going to register as soon as we can again for fall -- Rebecca's classes fill up QUICK.

In the meantime keep and dancing and singing with your lovie!

Kindermusik:
http://www.kindermusik.com/

Kindermusik with Rebecca Dyck:
http://musicwithrebecca.yourvirtuoso.com/

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