Can you hear me now?

From the time your child wakes up in the morning to the time he or she goes to bed a night, sounds surround her: music, children at play, traffic, birds, TV, ticking clocks, and more. The ability to focus on one sound and distinguish it from background noise is different than simply hearing — that’s […]

Thar she blows!

Babies and toddlers enjoy blowing. As they practice blowing, they strengthen mouth muscles and develop awareness of their breathing, which will help their language development. With preschoolers and early elementary, blowing develops their diaphragms and builds muscle control necessary for singing and wind instrument playing. Blowing also helps children become aware of the fact that […]

Stories that make us all smile

One of our favorite things at Kindermusik International is when we are emailed stories from happy parents. These stories usually make us smile, not only because we get to see how the parents are enjoying their classes, but we know happy parents means happy Kindermusik educators too! Here's one of those emails we got with […]

Naturally speaking, of course

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The more you expose your baby to language, the stronger his verbal skills will be. Language acquisition is a gradual process that involves many facets of development including listening, imitating facial expressions, playing peekaboo, and babbling. Your child will learn language naturally by hearing it used in context when you sing, read, talk, and listen […]

What Teach For America and Kindermusik both know

One thing I love about teachers: the great ones want to learn from each other. A fascinating article recently came out in The Atlantic. “What Makes a Great Teacher?” seeks to answer that time honored question with data from Teach For America (TFA). It’s a powerful finding: great schools have great teachers. But so do […]