Monday, 29 February 2016

Learning fine motor skills through music


Do you remember when we actually called someone on a mobile phone? Ah, those primitive years! Then texting entered the scene. Many of us watched in amazement as those of a certain age moved their fingers at an alarming rate while we struggled to text even one word on the tiniest of keyboards. Our finger muscles and fine motor skills certainly got a workout as we learned this new skill.  

Children also need to learn how to use and coordinate their finger, hand, and wrist muscles—not for texting—but for reaching, grasping, and more. In Kindermusik class each week, we include many activities that support your child’s fine motor skills development. Wiggling fluffy chicks in a “Ten Egg” finger play or striking the resonator bars on “Sweetly Swings the Donkey” helps your child learn to coordinate hand, finger, and wrist movements that support fine motor control and precision. The skills practiced in class and at home build the foundation your child needs for buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, tying shoes, using scissors, and even writing. Texting will come later. Much later.



Let your fingers do the walking. Finger plays are great activities to do together anywhere. Waiting at the doctor, grocery shopping, restaurants, or even at bedtime. Teach your favourite to your child or pick one from class.  

Watch Casper Babypants showcase his fine motor skills 
with his take on "Itsy Bitsy Spider".
You can try these actions with your child at home!





Thursday, 25 February 2016

Let's go to the farm!



Come and explore colours, shapes and sounds at the farm in our next Wiggle & Grow family class!

We're going to go walking in the green grass, dance in circles around the haystack, listen to roosters crow and pigs oink. We'll share a fun rhyming story and play along to music with our instruments.

You're welcome to join us!  Head over to the website for more information. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Parent involvement in early childhood education

As a licensed Kindermusik educator, there is nothing I love more than hearing about your favorite songs and how the magic of Kindermusik doesn’t stop when we sing that last good-bye or give a final hug.

Families tell me every day how they use our music and activities to connect throughout the week. We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from doctor visits to grocery shopping—the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories. Anyone else sing the Kindermusik song every time you put your toys away or host an impromptu dance party to your favorite CD on a rainy day?

Parenting just got easier – in class and at home!

Through the newest research and technology, Kindermusik makes sure parents receive the educational tools they need to tap into the power of music to help make parenting easier and support their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. That’s why enrollment in every Kindermusik class includes music and age-appropriate activities for families to use together at home where a child learns best.

Now, with Kindermusik@Home you can easily access your favorite Kindermusik songs, activities, books and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer.


See for yourself!

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Kindermusik@Home educational activities for children include:
  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as:
    • dance and movement activities
    • fingerplay demonstrations
    • together-in-the-kitchen activities
    • music time
    • focused listening games
    • video field trips
    • find-it/count-it style activities
    • ideas for pretend or imaginative play
    • and more!
  • The Why It’s Good for Your Child area provides parents with the educational insight behind the activities.
  • Download Center provides Printable Activity Pages and, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs.
Tell me more!

I think you will find Kindermusik@Home easy for you. Good for your little one. Fun for all! Ask me how you can access the benefits of Kindermusik@Home today.

Contact Miss Catherine: 0431 822 132, 
or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Music time with mum

The older children have already headed off to school. This is your special time with the youngest now. Together, you will meet with other families to explore musical instruments, move to music, play games and share a story.
As you head to music class, you find the songs on the latest downloadable Kindermusik album to sing together in the car. 
You've spent some special time together and continue to create moments to bond throughout the week by sharing the story from class and dancing to your favourite tunes.
This is your special time, creating fond moments you will cherish forever. Kindermusik is about starting wonderful beginnings which last a lifetime.


If you would like to experience one of these classes for yourself, 
contact Miss Catherine on 0431 822 132 
or via the website:alecatmusic.kindermusik.com

Monday, 1 February 2016

Meeting the piano for the first time


First piano lessons need to be lots of fun!  Do you remember your first lesson?  Were you nervous about meeting a new teacher, but excited that you're going to start making your own music on a really BIG instrument?  

I met another new student today. I can still see her face when she came up to meet me at the front door with her mum and younger sister; very shy, but wide-eyed.

We all walked down the hallway and into my studio. Then I introduced them to my piano.  This is an experience I share from my first piano teacher.  I never forgot that 'ahh!' moment when I saw the thick strings and the hammer action. When you press the pedals down, the damper mechanism changes and therefore the sound too.  Wow! Now I get it!

So now we start. Let's have some fun with a guessing game first off. We reach up high when we hear the high notes, then down low for the lower notes.  We check the strings and see the high strings are much thinner than those thick base strings.

Now a respect has been established.  Sitting up on the raised piano stool, feet also raised on a foot-rest, she is now sitting face to face with this instrument.  It seems SOOooo much bigger up close, but oh!, how she really wants to play the keys!  But, first things first.  Is she sitting up straight? Check!  Are her arms at the right angle when getting ready to play? Check!  Okay, so now we can play some notes.




We read a little about Papa Haydn and learn that he used to work in a palace.  He was a composer, and today she is also going to be a composer.  We look for the groups of black notes and play them with one hand, then the other.  Then she learns a secret: you can play the black notes in any order and it will always sound like beautiful music.  So, right there and then, she starts to play her very first composition and it's beautiful!

She needs something to help her practice keeping her fingers in the right shape.  A fingercise cup is just the thing, and we decorate the side of one with a few stickers.  Now she can practice making the right sound with curved fingers, strengthing those finger muscles whilst having fun.



Enough sitting down. It's time to get up and move to some music! Let's see if we can keep to the beat, and we clap, march and nod. Now let's try playing one note on the piano to the beat. It doesn't matter if it's not in tune; we're just having fun!

Then, there it is: the smile that is the reward for the day. Everybody takes that reward home with them, with a promise that there will be more to come the following week.