Tuesday, 26 January 2016

It's all about 'The Family'

Classes begin tomorrow, and we're starting the year off 
with a FAMILY theme.

For young children, 'family' means everyone who loves them! They are often surrounded by family members, friends and other loving caregivers who look after them and shape their lives. The Family All Around Me theme celebrates these bonds and offers lots of opportunities for fun, connection, movement and instrument play.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Using Kindermusik @Home

Every family attending Kindermusik classes will have the opportunity to use the unique Kindermusik @Home materials. 

Every four weeks, there is a new theme.  

Each theme has it's own collection of songs you can download, a story, recommended activities and parental information related to your child's development.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Simple signing

When we engage more of our senses in the learning process, not only does it become more enjoyable but also much more reinforced.  We can engage with our children in their language development processes by including not just music, song and movement, but also some simple sign language to reinforce some common words.

Why use sign language with your child? Babies and toddlers understand symbolic communication early and can make these signs before they are physically able to verbalise the word clearly in speech.  And there are benefits!

  • Baby can be actively engaged in the learning environment through signing.
  • Using sign can reduce the frustration of not being able to communicate.
  • Self-esteem gains a boost as baby achieves learning a new sign.
  • Eye contact is promoted when using sign, which means your child has to focus. This is an important skill to develop in a world of over stimulation.
  • Signing together strengthens the bond between adult and child.
  • You, the parent, feel empowered as you're providing your child with another invaluable communication tool.

Research has shown that signing with your baby helps in the development of linguistic skills.  Joseph Garcia, author of Sign with Your Baby (book and DVD, Sign2Me Early Learning/Northlight Communications, Inc., 2002 and 2010), observes that children who used signs early in their language development showed an understanding of English syntax earlier than those who did not use signs.

In Kindermusik classes, the signs offered are an extension of the curriculum and are offered because they are fun to learn!

The lessons offered by Alecat Music will include the Australian AUSLAN signs. If you'd like a resource to help you and your child start learning some of the more common signs, then AUSLAN has a picture book available: My First Signs, available on their website.

Other resources which may be of interest:
AUSLAN Sign Bank - great for looking up individual signs and video demonstration
Australian Baby Hands

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

News about changes ...

We've had a few changes which have had to be made regarding class location and class times.

Elderly Community Hall in Rainbow Court, Sunbury.

This hall is located in a quiet Elderly Retirement Village,
near the Lions Club meeting hall.
Parking is available along Timins Street, with a short walk down to the end of Rainbow Court.
I will post up some more pictures of the location soon.

If you'd like to get directions, please check GOOGLE MAPS.

This change has meant class times have also changed.

All classes start from Thursday January 28th.

For all classes available and new times, please visit the website.