In every Kindermusik class, your child is welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where they will sing, move, play instruments, and hear stories. But having fun is just the beginning!
With every delightful activity, your child is developing social skills, problem-solving skills, pre-math skills, and a foundation for reading. The research-based curriculum focuses on whole-child development and helps you understand how your child is developing musically, cognitively, and socially.
One of the often overlooked benefits of early music education and particularly a program like Kindermusik is that the music experience itself – both in class and at home – actually promotes healthy social-emotional development, a vital part of early childhood development.
Children have experienced a lack of social development over the past year. In fact, the youngest ones haven’t experienced it at all.
The definition of social-emotional development is “…includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others (Cohen and others 2005). It includes turn-taking. Empathy. Patience. Cooperation. And awareness of others.
Kindermusik helps with social-emotional development at every stage of growth.
In the very early years, social development for children is about connecting and bonding with the primary caregivers. Kindermusik gives babies a chance to observe, interact with, and learn from other little ones in various stages of development while also forming stronger bonds with their loving adults.
Toddlers usually begin to branch out a bit socially, and their Kindermusik classes give them plenty of practice with vital social skills like sharing, taking turns, and engaging with others. Toddlers most often engage in parallel play, where they play alongside each other, but not necessarily with each other. In the weekly parent-child Kindermusik classes, this budding awareness and empathy is gently nurtured and lovingly modeled, even as the bonds between caregiver and child are increased.
Kindermusik classes help preschoolers learn to be more empathetic, kind, and patient with others. Their play and socialization generally has moved into the stage of cooperative play, where imagination and pretend play become the unifying starting point of sweet little friendships. They begin to have simple conversations with each other, learning the give-and-take of conversation and thereby taking a next big step in social development as they work on becoming more others focused.
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