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Does your child run around the room?

July 27, 2012

Does your child run around the room? Many parents struggle with how out-going or how shy their children are. As a Kindermusik Educator in Jasper, Ellijay, and Blue Ridge, GA, I have noticed that children can either be running around the room, or too shy to participate. Part of this is their personality. Some people are just more naturally out-going or shy. However, the problem comes when the learning occurs as a result of participation. It seems like a child running around the room is not participating in the activity and therefore not learning. It seems like a shy child, just watching, isn’t participating well either. However, just the opposite is actually true. Children running around the room can still see and hear what the group is doing and are still learning. If your child is shy, he/she is watching what is going on and the first step in learning is to watch and see how to do something.
Therefore, Both children are learning, but they are not necessarily meeting parent expectations.

What can you do to help your child participate in a class like Kindermusik?
First, you need to participate yourself! Play the instruments, run, jump, and try all the activities, your child is looking to you!
Second, allow your child to do what his/her brain wants them to do. If they are running, then they need to move. Try the activity by running around the room! If they are shy, gently encourage or try the activity in another place in the room away from others.
Third, if your child is misbehaving, don’t feel like you have to stay in the room. Take them out for a few minutes and come back and try again. The more your child knows what you expect, the more they will learn to participate.
PLUS! Kindermusik classes are great for shy or excited children! Each class has a routine that can, even in just a few lessons, help your child understand how to participate in the class!

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