I've realized I've been blogging weekly about Rylie's Kindermusik classes & thought I might go into a little detail today on what Kindermusik is for any new readers. Feel free to skip all this reading & just look at the cute pictures! =)
Basically Kindermusik is a 45 minute, once-a-week "Mommy & Me" type class parents (or grandparents) can bring their child to. There are several different types of these classes-some include sign language. You can find a location near you at www.kindermusik.com.
All of these classes though educate children through songs & movements. Each enrolled child is given their own CD copy of the songs involved in that particular class. We always play Rylie's Kindermusik CD's in the car everywhere we go so were better familiarized with them to sing along in class! Rylie loves them & is starting to sing along to her favorites!
Some things Rylie has learned with the help from Kindermusik is that there's a time & place for everything. We do little activities in these classes for a short period of time & then it's time to clean up & move on to the next. Rylie has gotten very good about helping cleanup when she hears the cleanup song!
Additionally, Rylie has learned socialization skills. Being that she stays home with Mommy during the day & does not attend daycare (altho she starts school in 2 weeks), Rylie has learned to interact with other children her age. She is not as shy as she used to be & I really do think that's in part from Kindermusik! There's no way I could teach her how to act with other kids being at home with just me all day, every day!
Kindermusik has also given Rylie the chance to express her creativity. Sometimes we do the same activities in Kindermusik. Sometimes we do different activities using the same props/toys. I just love to see what Rylie comes up with & seeing the world through her eyes in Kindermusik!
Rylie also learns a big deal about rhythm through Kindermusik! They are always doing movements to songs on a beat & Rylie has started doing this at home too! It's not just ringing those bells or waving the scarves without any reason. It's keeping a beat with them. Rylie learns to move to a beat by running fast during a quick song, & then slowly walking to a slow song. Those are just some examples, but rhythm is definitely a big part of Kindermusik!
Honestly, another way Kindermusik has shown to be successful with Rylie is by group involvement. Like if I try to show Rylie how to do something at home, she may not always listen to me & run off to play with something else. But at Kindermusik, she sees the whole class participating in something, so she's more keen to follow along too! Today they read a story about 10 fish & Rylie listened really good & even did the "fish hands" like her teacher was doing!
Overall, we love Kindermusik! It's been an awesome thing in our household & even better, we love Rylie's Kindermusik teacher! I hope everyone is lucky enough to have a "Miss Sandy" where yall live to teach these classes! So if you're a parent with a young one looking for an extra something to take your child to, I highly recommend Kindermusik! They start at 6 mos old & some classes are weeknights/weekends depending on where you live! It's not just for stay-at-home or work-from-home parents (or grandparents).
Miss Rylie putting her shoes on (the wrong feet) after class ended today!