We know connecting through music has an incredible power to promote calm, strengthen bonds, and help little ones grow and learn while getting the wiggles out. Ms Debbie, of Music Connections, is committed to helping parents discover an abundance of ways that music can be infused into daily life that can connect us… within ourselves, with our family, with friends, and with life.
Even when we are able to meet together in person, we must adhere to critical precautions to ensure safety in a socially distant setting, creating limitations on movements and interactions. We have to set boundaries our children are not used to, and consistently reinforce them, which can be a challenge. These boundaries for our interactions are important for them to learn in this time of COVID 19, and Kindermusik can be a joyful way for them to begin the process of learning these new ways of interacting. So we have a limited number of OUTDOOR classes and events that are offered for those ready to gently and lovingly proceed with this learning process of increased inhibitory control.
When we enjoy Kindermusik Virtually in the comfort of your own home, your children are free to move and groove any which way they want, moving all around the room as we dance, march and swing. Children can choose to stay in their PJs or wear favorite costumes to show off to their friends online. They can have a snack during storytime if desired. Some families had the potty chair in the same room (out of sight) to take advantage of the ability to potty train in the moment. Children still wake up EXCITED that it’s music day, They know they will sing and dance and play instruments. They will see Ms Debbie and their friends.
Another BONUS: You don’t have to prepare and pack everything in the car and travel to get to music class!
Prior to the March home bound lock down, his mom, Sclena shared what Kindermusik has meant to their son and their family.
These are some of the tips that parents have shared that they do at home to set their family up to get the best experience from Kindermusik through a Virtual platform.
“We had to move out of the playroom to mom’s bedroom, with a locked door, to limit distractions during classtime. Once I was her best option for play in the room, we began to really connect and engage in the musical play more fully.”
“Our front room was the BEST place with the best screen in the house. BUT, it was so large and open that my toddler kept running away. We used a play yard “fence” to set a reasonable boundary between our couches with a blanket inside the bend, and it was like a little amphitheatre where he felt like he was on a stage and eager to show off.”
“My son LOVES seeing Ms Debbie up close on his Fire Kids Tablet. We set it up on the ladder of his slide so he can easily show her what he is playing with and all his creative ideas.”
“We put the lap top on top of a table, just out of reach, placed it on a stack of books so it was a bit higher, and tilted it so the screen could be seen without the ability to touch it. It was no longer an option to touch it, so my girl didn’t pay so much attention to it and was more free to engage with me in the activities he was hearing and seeing. I was glad Ms Debbie shared that we don’t have to be SEEN on the screen, and that what mattered was fully engaging my son in the way and space that works best for him.”
“The small screen did not work for us… nope, nope, nope. What really made a difference was hooking up the laptop to our large TV screen. Seeing Ms Debbie more LIFE-SIZED was very exciting for my son, and he was far more eager to follow the instructions and answer questions. He LOVES sharing his choice for actions when Ms Debbie asks so he can see everyone moving his idea. And he LOVES when it is time for Show and Tell and he gets to tell others about a favorite toy.”
“Ms Debbie would send a list of things to gather to use during class, and we made it into a grand Scavenger Hunt to find all the items on the list during the morning before class. It was so helpful to have it so easy to get each item as Ms Debbie asked for it during class. AND, The laundry basket we used to gather the objects became her favorite place to sit while listening to the story.”
“On the days I didn’t gather the items ahead of time, it was difficult to keep my toddler’s attention as I searched the house for specific items. I felt a lot more connected and engaged with my guy when everything was in one place and easy to grab.”
The bigger kids, ages 3 and up, are more independently interactive with Ms. Debbie and their friends they can see online. They love being Spotlighted when it is their turn to share an idea, or show and tell about a “homework assignment” they created that goes along with the lesson, or even play a song they have been practicing on their instrument.
We know that many families want to limit the screen time for their child… for good reason. There is a lot of research that indicates that a lot of screen time is spent sitting with eyes locked on a prerecorded show that does not necessarily engage their body and mind.
As we make music together in Kindermusik, it is my goal to connect with each child and family personally, engaging minds, bodies and hearts in activities that are part of an ongoing musical process that will benefit the development of the whole child. I believe, and have SEEN that we can do that through this LIVE interactive format, as well as in person.
I look forward to making music with you and your family in whichever way works best for your family.
Music for Celebrating Seasons
- One Saturday each month
- Register for one or more
9:30 – Babies up to 20 months
10:30 – Mixed ages: 1 – 5 years
This could be your first Kindermusik experience to enjoy together, or… This could become an anticipated monthly family ritual.