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Better Listening, More Learning, the Most Fun!

May 22, 2010

Our Drums have so many neat sounds. Then they make us laugh out loud!

Have you noticed how much fun we have at Kindermusik?  Having fun is so very important. When your child enjoys an activity, he or she will learn more from it. It also helps them to listen and pay attention because it interests them!  In all of our Kindermusik classes this Winter and Spring, I have seen so much enjoyment on each child’s face and through their dancing and instrument play.  We’ve enjoyed listening to trains, busses, planes, ducks, cows, chimes, boats, seals, and even a whale! Listening to these sounds helps your child learn to focus and pay attention.  They also learn to connect sounds, meanings, and words as we label what we are listening through words, pictures, and movements. The fun sounds may also make them laugh! Laughter means they are having fun. It also means they are building their immune system, and it lets you know your child’s brain is understanding not just what is happening, but the

meaning behind it.

All of the listening skills your child gains in Village (ages 0-18 months), Our Time (18 -36 months),

Bunnies, Giraffes, and Dogs, or Tunnies, Tiraffes, and Togs!

really helps yourchild in the next class, Imagine That (ages 3-5 years).  In Imagine That we listen to more than one sound at a time like the ocean water, a tugboat, and a seal in the sea.  Then we take those skills and listen for one instrument. This week we listened to the chimes by themselves and then we listened for them in a piece of music which not only included chimes, but glockenspiels, violins, and more.  The children could tell when the chimes were playing and when they were not playing! We also worked on rhyming words, using our animals’ names. For example, Tippity, Tippity, Too. Who are You? I am a bunny, Tippity

Tippity Tunny!  Masks make this game even more fun! Fun with masks and fun with learning always go well together!

C-A, C-A, Hear the Door Bell Ringing!

The next step to listening comes in Young Child (ages 5 – 7 yrs) where we listen for high and low sounds, sing sounds then match them to the musical staff. Then we sing the same sounds and match them to the bars on our glockenspiels.  Listening, singing, and playing the sounds begin to come together with reading the sounds from the musica

l staff.   Now we are making our own music!  Even though this class teaches reading music, the same process is used for reading words: listening, seeing the written word, repeating it, understanding its meaning, then putting it all together and reading it ourselves.

What fun it is to read and play our own music!!  Where is your child in this process?

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