Weekend Notes 2.23.20
February 23, 2020
Monday Morning Blues? Nope!
Some folks dread their Monday morning back to work – not me! My workweek starts with a class full of sweet babies. I’ve started watching the Babies Documentary on Netflix this weekend and these tiny humans are truly amazing. The episode explored the “Still Face Experiment” and was full of information we talk a lot about in Kindermusik Foundations class, such as eye contact, physical touch, and the magic potion of OXYTOCIN. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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On the Move
All four levels of classes are wrapping up units on transportation: Zoom Baby, Zoom, Go, Go, Go! and On the Go are always big hits with all the age groups.
There are some tracks and activities in common within these four curricula; however, each level explores similar concepts in ways that are age- and developmentally appropriate for the children in that class.
Take for example, the benefits of STEADY BEAT.
In our Foundations class (birth to walkers) we discuss that babies love listening to a steady beat as it is played, sung, or chanted. Its appeal may be its similarity to the heartbeat heard in the womb. Bouncing, hearing the music, and moving around the room are all ways that babies experience the steady beat, learn to internalize it, and begin to express it physically.
In Level 1, our newest toddlers we focus on the beat of the music and practice making changes to the speed at which we move by matching the tempo of the music. Most children who are approaching age 2 have their own sense of internal steady beat. The next step for them is to learn to match the tempo of an external steady-beat source. This is the first step of learning to dance to music, ride a bicycle, even bounce a ball.
In Level 2, our two- and three-year olds are becoming more verbal, and more interested in books. Research shows that children who can keep a steady beat score higher on reading assessments. If your child can feel and understand the concept of steady beat, he can learn to speak and read with a smooth cadence. Consider the words in your favorite storybook or nursery rhyme. Do you hear or feel the beat when you recite its phrases?
Of course, we can’t forget about the importance of steady beat in music! The most fundamental property of music is beat, the underlying repeating pulse. In Level 3, our preschool aged children are moving to a steady beat to help them develop a sense of time and the ability to organize and coordinate movements within time. The steady beat of a given song can change as a fast section moves to a slow section. Tempi in a soccer game changes as does that of a gymnastics routine or a bike ride. Learning to adjust the body’s response to different tempi and stay with the beat are crucial skills that will help your child be better musicians, students, athletes and readers.
The continuum in the Kindermusik levels has always impressed me as an educator; even when activities are similar, their purpose is very thoughtful towards providing your child with the most beneficial experience.
Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting. Don’t forget to enroll for classes in Mooresville and Statesville. New classes start August but some classes have openings now!
I hope your week starts off with a sweet song in your heart. ~g