What to Expect
The first day of class provides so many new experiences for your child - new faces, new environment, new activities, new teacher, new sounds, and the list goes on. It can be overwhelming, but take heart, Kindermusik is MADE for kids.
Arrive early to take care of personal needs, help your child feel comfortable in the new environment, and make a new friend.
Go barefoot together - "Walking barefoot. . . develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot's arch, improves proprioception (our awareness of where we are in relation to the space around us) and contributes to good posture". Why Barefoot is Best for Children, Tracy Burne, Podiatrist
The room is set up with minimal distractions, and each activity is developmentally appropriate for your child. Most children are cautious and stay close to their grown up on day one, but some activities draw them out. Take heart, they're looking to YOU on how to react to this new experience. If they see you having fun and engaging in each activity, they'll soon follow.
Explore the instruments/props together with your child during Gathering Time. Try to narrate, validate, and imitate what your child is doing (ie. “I love how you are tapping the maracas on the floor!”) to help build their confidence in their choices.
Each week in class, you can expect a similar routine of activities (varying props, songs, and instruments). This predictability gives children the security they need to explore, learn, and grow. With each week, children grow more and more accustomed to our "Hello Song", circle dances, lap bounces, etc, that they begin to embrace it as their own. It's truly amazing to experience!
Encourage and get silly. Your child will be inspired by you to explore and participate in their own unique way!
We cannot wait to have you in class with us. Send us a message if you have any questions. We're happy to help!