Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Song Sweepstakes

Share your child’s favorite Kindermusik song this November for your chance to win a $50 Kindermusik Prize Package!
Kindermusik November Song Sweepstakes
Tell us your child’s favorite song from their Kindermusik album this November for your chance to win!

To Enter Contest:

Simply fill out the form on our November Song Sweepstakes page.

All entries will be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the year to win an iPad.
Good luck to all!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bring Kindermusik home - or take it out to eat...

Indeed, you can now take Kindermusik with you everywhere and anywhere! You can listen to the music streamed from your Smartphone or tablet device directly to your ears and delight! And, because our@Home learning platform is Web-based and NOT an app, you can access our music from any phone, including iPhones, iPods, Droids, iPads, Kindles, and any device that allows for Internet browsing!
Mobile Digita lLearning Activities for Kids
Mobile @Home Platform
Each month, parents enrolled in our new Kindermusik curricula will receive a NEW streaming music album with 15 to 20 songs. Also, each month, you will receive a new eBook story to share with your child along with a fun assortment of multimedia activities for kids and families, videos and video field trips, crafts, recipes, and more!
Kindermusik Songs & Learning Activities on iPad
Tablet @Home Platform
We encourage parents to use these educational activities to extend the magic and learning of your Kindermusik classroom into the home. As educators, we also respect the need to limit children’s screen time and have chosen digital because it is easily accessible and delivered via sustainable means, but have designed the learning activities with your child’s best interests in mind. The purpose of these activities is to provide suggestions for parent/child fun that can be done with the prompt of a screen and taken offline. See below for our extended notes on screen time.
When used together, the Kindermusik class and @Home experience is a fun, active, and engaging multi-sensory workout for your young learner. The best part is that month after month, you’ll receive brand-new content and a new Kindermusik album and you will always have access to the prior months activities, eBooks, and music as long as you are enrolled!
Remember, there are certain things mobile devices cannot do. They do not download. To actually download the music, story or download activities, you will need to download the files from login on your computer.
To get access to this amazing digital platform, reach out to your local Kindermusik educator!

Our family has rules about screen time. How can we use these materials?

Kindermusik International knows and respects that each family gets to decide what’s best for them when it comes to this issue. In creating this digital resource, Kindermusik has read about and researched this topic thoroughly. We have aligned our stance with that of the highly respected NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning, recognizing that children can benefit from a responsible and age-appropriate use of technology in combination with hands-on experiences and in partnership with an actively involved caregiver. We are proud to bring these high-quality materials to your family which truly embody the very best of both worlds- a responsible introduction to technology and sustainability AND lots of hands-on, movement-rich, in-your-lap, down-on-the-floor learning.
These educational activities for kids are designed for you and your child to use cooperatively, engaging with one another as you read, watch, discuss, and discover. Most of the videos are less than 2 minutes in length. The book can be used as an e-book or can be printed from the Download Center and enjoyed traditionally. Activities can be printed from the Download Center and enjoyed over and over again. Parents can read, watch, and learn about the latest research in early childhood education and their child’s development. They are truly a rich and exciting tool that’s now available to you anytime and anywhere!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Knoebels Picnic

Wednesday, May 15
Pavilion K (for Kindermusik)
9:30 am Miss Ann will be ready and waiting at the Pavilion
10 am Brunch &
10:40 Door Prizes
10:45 am head over to the handstamp stand
11am Handstamp and ride from 11-1:30 $7.50

Families please bring a covered dish and your own drinks 
Miss Ann will bring plasticware, plates and napkins for the whole crew.

Let's hope Mother Nature is kind to us. I know that many of you use precious personal days from work for this.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shake fast, fast, fast, and slow

Will Ferrell Ribbon Dancing in Old School

Shake fast, shake fast, shake fast, and slow, and slow, and STOP!

Our little ones are instinctively interested in fast and slow (especially fast!) In activities like Lento y Rapido we capitalize on that and provide a multisensory medium for children to completely understand the concept of fast and slow. 

It is all about engagement. First, the child hears fast and slow in the music; then the child moves his/her body around the room fast and slow; he/she sees others moving fast and slow and moves with them; additionally, the child commands the scarf or ribbon rings that move fast and slow. That's how we create happy kids who have a stake in their own learning and play.

Howard Gardner has put forth the Multiple Intelligence Theory as a way to frame the multifaceted concept that is intelligence.  Gardner's theory has sparked some debate. The way I see it, for our purposes, the scientific legitimacy of measuring intelligence through this multisensory approach is not applicable to us.  We come to Kindermusik to grow a child's potential; not measure it scientifically. In my nearly 20 years as an educator, I know this, by and large children enjoy being steeped in all aspects of an activity.  Appealing to multiple senses tends to increase the level of enjoyment and engagement for most children.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bring a Friend to Kindermusik Week

Whoopee - bring a friend to Kindermusik week has been extended.  Due to the weather cancellations last week you are welcome to bring your friends this week, as well.  Simply get in touch with Ann to let her know what day and time you will be bringing your pals.  The host child and the guest child will each receive the gift pictured above - Whoopee...cushion!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday Time Change

Due to an unexpected change in my college teaching schedule, it is necessary to adjust the time of our Wednesday morning (1-3 yr old) class. Your input on this decision is very important to me. Please take just a minute (seriously, I don't think this will take more than a single minute) to click the link below and answer 2 questions to help me decide. The change will go into effect the week of January 13.