Family Participation During Class

Kindermusik is a special time for you and your child. We encourage you to use the class time to fully enjoy and participate in the activities with your child.

• In Kindermusik Village and Our Time, classes have parents participating fully in the entire class and are a model to the child for having a good time with music-making.

• In Kindermusik Imagine That ,classes have a "sharing time" the last 15 minutes of each class. During that time, you will get to share activities with your child and the other families, and will be given specific materials for home enrichment during the week. Please have these children bring all appropriate supplies/projects back to class each week.

Toddlers learn by discovery and imitation. So no matter what your voice sounds like or how silly you feel, you are the child’s best teacher and they do what you model for them.

Encourage your child by describing what she did and showing your delight. Using phrases such as “You rang the bells” or “You tapped your sticks very fast,” rather than “Good job” will foster intrinsic motivation in your child and enhance her self esteem.

Allow your child his own response. Your child’s response may be to retreat to a corner or wander around the room. Even if your child’s response is inward or different, it is still that child’s way of learning. It is difficult for parents to watch their child sit motionless or do something completely different than the rest of the class. Our philosophy asks for acceptance and respect of your child’s response. We trust the child to interact within the environment when the child is ready. Please refrain from manipulating your child’s response. It is appropriate to encourage and model. Remember that Kindermusik is process oriented, not performance.

About behavior:
It is perfectly normal for children to run, tumble, scream, cry and protest. And all children will do these things. Please keep in mind, however, that some behaviors, although very natural for a child, may be disruptive during an inside activity.

[For parent of 3-5 year olds: Additionally, your child may react differently when you enter the room. This is a typical 3-5 year old reaction. They may have been fully participating until you enter, then shut down completely. Or they may have been perfectly behaved, and then suddenly act-out when you enter.]

If your child becomes upset or disruptive, please take her outside the room and set appropriate boundaries before returning. This helps the class move smoothly and keeps all the children focused. Running is not permitted for the safety of the children. Also, please stop any “contagious behaviors” that affect the class.

All children have rough days. If your child is upset and unable to settle in, it is best to leave and try again another day. If your child is misbehaving, a stern warning followed by going home usually prevents the behavior’s recurrence.