One thing that sets Kindermusik apart from other youth classes is our @Home Materials. We care about educating the whole child; consequently, we want to give parents and caregivers as many tools as possible to expand on the lessons their kids get in class beyond the thirty to sixty minutes you spend with us.
Some ideas to get you started:
⇒ Access the ebook that corresponds to your monthly class theme. Download it for when you want to read it away from the internet. Or, print it out for a book to hold — in which case, consider using the papers to mix up the story for kids to practice putting them into sequence. This is a great literacy building technique!
⇒ Make sure you have all the music. Kids love hearing the songs out of class, and it is also readily enjoyed by many adults. Check out some prior blog posts about different playlists you may consider: Music at Bedtime and 5 Fun Ways to Sing through Your Day.
⇒ Brush up on all the science behind what happens in class, with information written specifically for you. For instance, in the Zoom Buggy unit, you’ll see a slideshow that explains why we choose different textures of balls for playing with in class, what kids are learning when they engage in ball play, and different ways of getting kids to follow balls that you haven’t perhaps considered yet.
⇒ Find a craft, activity, finger play or online game to enjoy with your child or in preparation for a play-date.
Yes, living in the Google age means that you can access a variety of such activities — but going straight to the @Home Materials means less work searching, assurance of age-appropriate material, and opportunities to build connections between lessons in and out of lessons.
Tell us how you enjoy the @Home Materials in the comments below!