Musical concepts and terms. Musical concepts like timbre, form, tempo, and tonality develop abstract thinking skills, expressive speaking, and creative expression. An emerging vocabulary of musical terms inspires children with the language of music.
Pretend play. Pretend play activities are integrated with the music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement, and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor and cognitive skills, especially in a play group type environment.
Instrument play. Instrument play and exploration develops a level of skill and understanding that will transfer to future study – skills like recognizing pitch, playing with a steady beat, identifying timbre and form, and participating in an ensemble.
Musical variety and singing. Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for your child to explore his many voices and to use a “singing voice.” Singing becomes a focus for enhancing the preschooler's vocal development as her expressive language is just beginning to emerge.
Movement activities. Preschoolers love to move, and they need to move to learn. In class, movement inspires our musical play, extends creativity, and provides a safe, inviting environment for practicing developing motor skills.
Language and cognitive development. We’ll tap into your preschooler’s love of stories, rhymes, and silly words, supporting his newly emerging world of expressive language. Thinking skills will be challenged as we discover, compare, make choices, solve problems, find patterns, and remember sequences in our music and play.
Parent involvement. Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, but often still need the emotional security provided by a parent. Your child will experience both in Imagine That! since caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Something new every unit. Four uniquely themed units of Imagine That – See What I Saw; Toys I Make, Trips I Take; Hello Weather; and Cities! – mean there is always more to learn and enjoy. You’ll find Imagine That! to be the perfect bridge between Our Time and Young Child.