If you have already registered for a Kindermusik class this session, please let me thank you so much for joining us this session. You and your child are sure to have a fun and musical semester! Below are a few items to know about the sessions and policies for the classes.
"Musical activities stimulate every area of the brain. Please keep grown up chat to a minimum. Your child's brain will thank you."
During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be a focused, active and patient role model. When you are an active, engaged participant in class activities your child will model your actions and focus more fully, too. Although I strive to build a warm Kindermusik community in the classroom, please keep grown-up chat to a minimum. To get the most out of class, your child needs and deserves your undivided attention. If you have a child in “Imagine That” please return promptly for Sharing Time as your student will need your support during our parent/child activities.
It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable in class. What a child is absorbing during class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than to a certain level of participation during class. The understanding, sensitivity and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are the key to facilitating musical learning and growth. Remember, children come in all ages, stages, and personality types. Here in Kindermusik class, I am understanding, accepting and supportive of all children and parents. Parents often tell us that they see a completely different child at home than they experience in class. This is normal and to be expected. Some children are naturally hesitant and others become over-stimulated in a group. You may find that your child would prefer to sit quietly with you or may want to get up and move. If your child appears distracted, excited, or cannot focus on the present activity, please don’t worry or feel pressure to push your child toward what you believe is a more acceptable form of participation. It is not necessary for your child to participate in a classical way (i.e. sitting still and listening, singing along, responding directly to questions, etc.) for him/her to make tremendous gains. Relax, enjoy, and actively PLAY with your child in class and at home! Together you’ll find the best way for the two of you to connect and participate.
Plan on bare feet or socks and comfortable clothes for both you and your child. Please leave shoes and coats in the hallway. Please be aware than some children are very sensitive to certain foods and therefore, we ask you not to bring food or drink into the classroom. If your child needs a drink or snack during class, please step out of the room for a moment to accommodate his/her needs. If you have food or a cup in your bag, please be sure it is somewhere where no other child could accidentally eat or drink it.
No food, drink or bottles allowed in the classroom. Please keep toys, pacifiers, drink cups, bottles, etc. out of sight. I do ask that you kindly silence your cell phone while you are in the Kindermusik classroom. Please take calls after class as they are a distraction to others and take you away from spending one-on-one time with your child. If you should need to talk on your cell phone, please take your child with you, and step outside.
My classes provide your child with a safe place for learning about and testing his social boundaries. This is a normal and natural part of his/her development. I do ask that you be sensitive to his/her safety as well as the safety and enjoyment of others in class. If your child begins to explore a behavior which poses a danger to himself/herself or others in class (such as running, screaming, or throwing an instrument) I ask that you first take a deep breath and then help your child positively refocus his energy. If you need to step out of the classroom for a few minutes (we’ve all been there!) for a hug and a calming breath, please do and return when your little one is ready to re-join class. Although I am happy to partner with you and help you find workable, meaningful solutions for behaviors you wish to eliminate, I am not responsible for disciplining your child. Please feel free to contact me anytime to request any support you may need.