3 1/2 - 5 Years

 

Imagine That! takes you and your preschooler on a musical journey of discovery and exploration…a journey limited only by the power of imagination. Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, movement and literature to capture your child’s potential to learn and to encourage cognitive and literacy skills, creativity and individuality.

Kindermusik Imagine That! is designed for active, energetic, enthusiastic, and imaginative preschoolers and encourages socialization, sharing, and participating in group activities. Singing becomes a focus for enhancing the preschooler's vocal development as her expressive language is just beginning to emerge. Parents are invited to participate in the last 15 minutes for Sharing Time of the 45-minute class.

Curriculum Description
Age Range:
3 to 5 years
Class Structure: 16 classes in a semester
Class Length: 45 minute class each week
Class Size:  Class with no more than 10 children
Parent Involvement: Last 10-15 minutes of class

His blanket becomes a superhero’s cape. A cardboard box doubles as her princess castle. Pots and pans become a drum set.  And she sings all the time.  Sound like someone you know? Every day brings a new discovery for the preschooler—slowly opening the doors of individuality and independence.

Using the power of music, Kindermusik’s Imagine That! taps into the preschooler’s creative spirit and boundless energy and focuses on developing learning strengths and self-confidence so he’ll be ready for school, prepared for future music lessons…or able to leap tall buildings.

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:

  • Pretend Play -- Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement, and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor, and cognitive skills.
  • Musical Variety and Singing -- Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for children to explore their many voices and to use a “singing voice.” Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and socialization.
  • Storytelling and Literacy -- Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
  • Parent Involvement -- Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. The preschooler experiences both in Imagine That! Caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Plus the At Home Materials ensures the learning continues at home with each child’s best teacher—the parent!

Enrollment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and preschoolers, ages 3 to 5  years
  • 16-week semester  
  • Weekly 45-minute class includes a variety of activities, with the last several activities in class shared with parents
  • One set of At Home Materials—40-page activity book, two literature books, play set or game, instrument, and two CDs of music from class

August-December

45 Minute Class

See What I Saw -- In this class, preschoolers use their real experience of playing in the park to create imaginative, storytelling scenarios with music—go on an imaginary trip to Grasshopper Park where they sail down the park slide and then recreate the sound of that experience with a loooong vocal glissando.  Each week provides preschoolers one uninterrupted session of imaginative play that's guided in a very specific, sequential way—with a special sharing time with parents in the last 15 minutes of class

Home Materials: Two books—Can You Find Me? and The Ant Picnic Feast, Two Home CDs, See What I Saw Play Set, a Family Activity Book, a slide whistle instrument, a slide whistle and lumi sticks instruments, and a backpack. See What I Saw Monthly Mini Themes:

  • Lessons 1-4: Adventures at Grasshopper Park: Together we take a trip to Grasshopper Park, stretching our minds and bodies with music and movement and lighting up our imagination to discover all the fun things we can do at the playground. Musical fun with glissandos, slide whistles and wooden instruments get us started on sounds, and playing music together!
  • Lessons 5-8: Up in the Treehouse: We’re at the Grasshopper Park today playing with the wind and the sun, climbing trees and exploring the world all around us. We let pretend play and movement do what they do naturally - enrich all the areas of our child’s developing self: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
  • Lessons 9-12: Our Feathered Friends: Our feathered friends lead us on an adventure where we imagine all the ways we can express ourselves with singing and with movement. As we practice and play, we are strengthening language development, social skills and creativity!
  • Lessons 13-15: Going on a Picnic: A picnic at the park is the perfect way to explore the sounds of words, different instruments and celebrate how creative we are. We put all of our ideas, words, music and (pretend) food in the picnic basket for dramatic play and fun learning!

January-May

45 Minute Class

Toys I Make, Trips I Take -- Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the preschooler’s sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality.

Home Materials: Two books—If I Had a Big Blue Boat and Tippity Tippity Too, Toys I Make, Trips I Take Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and a drum.
Toys I Make, Trips I Take Monthly Mini Themes:

  • Lessons 1-4: The Jack-in-the-Box Jumps Up! We imagine ourselves to be toys in a toyshop, wondering and exploring how different toys move and the sounds they make. We also make our own instruments! We’re strengthening our listening, language, and social skills, using our play to make ourselves at home in the larger world.
  • Lessons 5-8: Out Here on the Sea: We build boats and float away off across the sea. We dance and twinkle like stars. We play so many different kinds of instruments; we dance and we sing. When we leave our Kindermusik class, our eyes sparkle with the joy and confidence of our new learning.
  • Lessons 9-12: Down by the Station: We’re down at the station with all the little pufferbellies, packed suitcases and maps in hand! In our musical journey through music and movement, we learn that we can choose to stop our train - even when traveling fast! We also learn teamwork through instrument play and continue to explore the magical world of reading and writing!
  • Lessons 13-16: TippityTippity Too! We are learning about ourselves by playing with animals! Singing songs about animals, moving like animals, wondering about the world of animals, and while we play we’re traveling toward reading and writing! We finish by taking the time to share and celebrate the learning and growing we’ve done all while traveling at the speed of fun!