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Socializing in KM Class…the g...

Posted Tuesday, January 22 in Tips and Resources

A significant part of a Kindermusik class for many moms, dads, and caregivers is the social interaction opportunities that each and every class offers. Most moms place the social connections opportunities gained through Kindermusik as one of their top reasons for joining and continuing with the classes! Socializing is a necessary must for everyone, but there is a difference between good ways of socializing in class and some, well, not so good ways…

GOOD ways to Socialize…

The time before class is an excellent time to catch up with all of your fellow Kindermusik friends! During this time, your children can amuse themselves (with supervision of course) with the gathering time toys, while you discuss all the previous week’s happenings. Be sure to include everyone in your group and reach out to newly joined mothers or class visitors. Your instructor will be the first to greet and introduce them, but be sure to make them feel welcomed as well! Being the new one can feel awkward, so be sure to put them at ease. Questions regarding the new mother’s child are always a good place to start!

Socialization doesn’t necessary have to be restricted to carrying on a conversation. Socialization also happens when you participate in your child’s class as well! Jump right in and enjoy all the dances, songs, and activities with your Kindermusik friends. When everyone is actively participating, the class is more enjoyable for everyone. Have fun as a group and create the ultimate Kindermusik experience for you and all of your friends!

NOT so good ways to socialize…

Not to be a damper on conversation, but it is good to keep in mind that there are times to talk and times to be quiet. One of these times would be while your Kindermusik instructor is singing a song or modeling an activity. Talking during these times not only  makes it distracting for the others in the class, but rather difficult for the teacher as well!  Resolve to model good, active listening skills for your child and others in class!

Always be encouraging to others in the class. Disparaging remarks about another mother’s child or about another mother is simply not acceptable. So please make sure all comments are constructive! Actively seek to great an environment of acceptance and respect.

Though these are some general tips, it’s good to remind ourselves of the simple things every once in a while. As we head into a new week of Kindermusik and the start of all new themes, enjoy your Kindermusik class to the utmost with your child and all your Kindermusik friends!