18 Months - 3 1/2 Years

Can you sound like an elephant? Or hop like a bunny? Our Time encourages your toddler to uncover an engaging musical world while building confidence, self-control and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical “moods” develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and turn-taking encourage blossoming social skills.

Kindermusik Our Time is designed for children 11⁄2 years to 31⁄2 years of age. Along with an accompanying parent or caregiver, children meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening and interacting socially, and playing simple instruments. Exploration Time encourages a child's discovery of specially designed instruments, textures, sounds and movements; language skills are fostered with singing, sound imitation, and vocal play; Music and Movement Story Time encourages emergent literacy skills; and creative dancing affirms a child's urge to move.

Benefits for your child and you:

*Recognizes your toddler's need for both freedom to try and the assurance of your support.

*Educates you about the interactive nature of the total development of your child through music, movement and literacy.

*Promotes joyful music making as a community.

*Encourages the building of characteristics related to successful learning in school: self-confidence, curiosity, self-expression, social skills and cooperation.

*children accompanied by parent or caregiver

*4 non-sequential units offered in 15 week sessions

*limited to 10 children per class


August-December

45 minutes

Milk & Cookies -- Make everyday home activities and chores easier and more fun with music! Cook and sing to “The Muffin Man”; dust and clean to the original song “In My House”; get ready to wash clothes to the delightful poem “Washing Machine”. Baking cookies, eating cupcakes, blowing on hot cross buns, wiggling like jelly, going grocery shopping and making tea are all represented in familiar as well as new songs. Move, play, and sing together in developmentally appropriate activities created just for 1 ½ to 3-year-olds. Capture the familiar and new moments of the day and learn how music can impact your toddler.

Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two books—At My House and Cookies, two Home CDs, stir xylophone instrument, and a Home Activity Book—all arriving in a durable lunch bag.Milk & Cookies Monthly Mini Themes:

  • Lessons 1-4: In My House: Engage your little helper in all the fun that can be found doing everyday things around the house – from cleaning to cooking to gardening and more! Music and lively poems add extra incentives to build, dust, and do the laundry together. Experience the highs and lows of music and movement to set the stage for future understanding of pitch in music.
  • Lessons 5-8: To Market, To Market: Pretend trips to the market in class will surely spice up your real-life shopping excursions, and light the spark of creativity in your young shopper. Songs, rhymes and instrument exploration focus on long and short sounds – musical concepts that will help your child understand musical note values in years to come.
  • Lessons 9-12: All Around the Kitchen: Your kitchen becomes a musical laboratory of loud and quiet sounds and exploration as we sing about hot cross buns, teapots, milk and cookies, and porridge. Rocking to French and Latin American tunes provide a quiet contrast to the excitement of popping out of a toaster and jiggling on the floor like jelly.
  • Lessons 13-16: Rise, Sugar, Rise: The more the merrier when it comes to household chores and music making! Celebrate the joy of home, good friends, and family while playing a variety of instruments, snuggling for a story and relaxing rocking time, singing, and coming together for one last rousing community circle dance.

 

January-May

45 minutes

Fiddle-dee-dee— We’ll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler’s emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces we’ll help toddlers develop rhythm while further developing their ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed instrument emphasis in the music from class, parents can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help their toddlers stay happy and engaged learners at home, too.

Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive storybooks—This Little Piggy Played the Fiddle and Animal Serenade to develop early literacy skills; a Home Activity Book; a pair of green Fiddlestick instruments; all packaged in a dog-house shaped carry box.

Fiddle-dee-deeMonthly Mini Themes:

  • Lessons 1-4: Walk Along Rover:The animal theme rules supreme in these lessons. We’ll, walk, run, and roll over with Rover, do a rabbit fingerplay, and learn about a mouse that runs up and down the clock! We’ll also explore fast and slow movements, and play the stop-and-go games that everyone loves. Not only are they fun, but they also help develop essential life skills, such as inhibitory control and working memory..
  • Lessons 5-8: Opposites Attract:At this stage, little ones learn concepts such as loud and quiet or tall and small best through opposites, so we’ll play egg shakers quietly and loudly, and stretch up tall like a tree and curl up small like a mouse. We’ll also explore fast and slow – and even tempo acceleration – with the exciting “Bangara Dance,” which features Northern Indian instruments, such as the shehnai, sitar, and dholak.
  • Lessons 9-12: High and Low:The songs and dances in these lessons will have us jumping up high and moving down low. Join in the fun as we experience high and low in singing, speaking, moving, and more! We’ll explore all kinds of spatial concepts that will make us more aware of our bodies and help us avoid some bumps along the way!
  • Lessons 13-16: Music-Making and Movement:Who doesn’t like to quack with the ducks, sing with the donkeys, flutter with the butterflies, and walk in the green grass? Playing with a variety of instruments, singing together, dancing high and low, or even just walking in a circle are all fun and help benefit developing minds and bodies.

How do the At Home Materials add value to classes?

Kindermusik is much more than a weekly class and the At Home Materials you receive are just the tools you need to continue that one-of-a-kind experience together as a family. While we plant the seeds of learning through music in the classroom, you will use the At Home Materials in your home to cultivate lifelong learning.

  1. •What if I already have these materials?

$35   Sibling Kit:

Available to families whose older children have previously completed the exact unit. Please contact us with any questions you have prior to paying. When you pay the full materials fee, you will receive the full materials kit.

What’s in the Sibling Kit?

Fall: Stir Drum, Home Activity Book, Carry Bag

Spring: Fiddlesticks, Home Activity Book, Carry Box