Kindermusik day is often the favorite day of the week for most families. Parents enjoy coming to Kindermusik because they not only get to socialize with other adults, but also because they can take home what they learn and enjoy with their child in class, making every day of the week a little easier and a whole lot more musical! Here are a few routines and rituals that our Kindermusik families love to take home with them each week.
Sing your way from one thing to the next. Our Kindermusik children cue in very quickly when we sing our transitions. During class the Kindermusik teacher often sings for the instruments or toys to be put away so that going from one thing to the next is a little easier and more predictable for the children. Parents tell us that they love singing “Toys away” at home, but this simple song can be used and adapted for nearly any situation at home – just add your own instructions!
Calm and cuddle with Quiet Time. Another favorite activity that Kindermusik families love is Quiet Time. This is a special time during class that the adult and child reconnect after doing various activities throughout the class. The lights are dimmed as quiet music plays which helps relax both adult and child. This routine is especially helpful at home to help calm down the child or find a way to reconnect after a long day or activity. The gentle rocking back and forth along with the calming music helps everyone to relax and release tension.
Read, read, read! Another favorite routine in every class that Kindermusik children and families eagerly anticipate is Story Time. During every Story Time, we gather on our story blanket and read a story together. You might use a story blanket or a special chair at home or have your Story Time at a certain time every day to create your own special reading routine at home.
Make it musical. Another favorite, and probably the most obvious favorite routine and ritual, is the wide variety of music which we enjoy with each unit. Whether it’s on the Music CD the children receive or through the music from the Kindermusik library that conveniently streams on their phones, Kindermusik families take home every song from class, along with all of the different ideas, helpful tips, and activities that our PCS Kindermusik teachers bring to life in class.
The joy, connection, and togetherness that we introduce in our weekly Kindermusik classes through favorite activities, songs, and rituals follow each family home throughout the week to become a beloved – and helpful! – part of their everyday routines.