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/

Monday, January 18, 2010

Stroller Ice Skating

Sometimes an idea comes along that sounds wildly fun, but possibly dangerous and you think "but what will people think?" Then you realize it is sponsored and endorsed by your local city government officials and you sign up immediately. Hence my adventure with C to Stroller Ice Skating.

AT&T sponsored the Raleigh Winterfest this year. A small ice skating rink in downtown Raleigh set up for the season only, they came up with the brilliant idea of getting use out of the rink during nonpeak times by encouraging moms to come.

So, yup, it is what it sounds. You rent ice skates, lace up, secure your baby firmly in the stroller, and get on that ice and push the stroller around!

I can not explain how fabulous this was. First, not at all dangerous. The baby is completely stable in the stroller, it turns out. The danger is in remembering or learning how to skate for mommy. But not one single accident from anyone while I was out there.

Second, C loved it. There aren't many kids who wouldn't love being pushed across the ice in the comforts of their stroller.

Third, that took me back to my childhood! I remember trying to learn to ice skate as a kid...going round and round the rink to bad music (which Raleigh Winterfest provided as well)...

An event that can be just as fun for mom as it is for junior is great.
Just one question: Where, oh WHERE, is this done at a roller rink?

Raleigh Winterfest (seasonal)
http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/raleighwinterfest/index.htm

919.821.6984

Monday, January 4, 2010

Yoga; Working out with Baby (or not)

Doing yoga is one of those things I always put on my "to do" list every New Years. It is so restorative. For a mommy, the moments to be calm and just breathe can help a lot.

Accordingly, I looked up places to do yoga with your baby or tot. Of course, I have yet to try one (silly New Years Resolutions).

Keep in mind that yoga studios' schedules change frequently, so double check this information before packing your baby up and hauling off for class.

Carrboro Yoga Company
http://www.mycyco.com/

This is the place to Yoga in Carrboro. (To those in the Know, it is CyCo (pronounced "Psycho")).
Paula Huffman teaches here. She is fabulous. She led me and many people I know through prenatal yoga. She also offers birthing classes. She is a star resource for pregnant mommies in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area.

PostNatal class, Tuesdays 10 - 11:15 am

Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts
http://www.hillsboroughyoga.com/

This is Paula's own studio. She even has a tab called "All About Babies" on this website.

Mom & Tots yoga, Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am
Mommy Baby yoga, Thursdays 10:30 -11:45 am

By the way, if you would prefer to do your yoga practice without your lovie, Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts is now offering childcare during some of their daytime hours. That's right, a yoga studio that will watch your child while you go work on your downward dog. Fantastic!

(I also know that Paula is welcoming of new mother's stopping their practice to nurse and otherwise feed the baby. It is a very open environment, so don't be apprehensive!)

Triangle Yoga
http://www.triangleyoga.com/

Right off of MLK Blvd. You can swing by the Birthing Center shop, too, while you are in the area.

PostNatal yoga, Mondays 10:30 -11:30 am

Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa in Cary
http://www.itsybitsybabyspa.com/

A little further afield for those of us on the Chapel Hill side, but another great option.

Mom & Baby Yoga (6 wks to 12 mos), Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:45 am & Saturdays 10:00 - 10:45 am

Healthy Moms North Carolina
http://www.healthymomsnc.com/index.asp

The same company that brings you the aqua classes. The only yoga is offered in Raleigh.

Mom & Baby Yoga, Fridays 9:30 -10:45 am