To Our Kindermusik Community,
The birth of a child comes with such great promise, excitement, and joy. However, we know that the promise for every child is not equal. Inexcusable hardships begin at birth for some children, and for many, simply because of the color of their skin.
The events of the past week have unnerved and outraged our communities globally. And though the murder of George Floyd brought issues of Black social injustice and blatant racism to light, they have been an ongoing theme that can no longer be ignored. While inclusivity is at the center of what we do at Kindermusik—whether in a studio or through a school system, library, or outreach programs such as Head Start—it is not enough. Kindermusik will not be silent. We can do better and we will.
Like many companies, Kindermusik is reflecting internally on what we can do to show our solidarity and how we can make lasting change within our organization and communities. We pledge to do the following as a company:
- Continue expanding our efforts to create content that incorporates a global perspective, promoting lasting bonds within families and communities, and acceptance of people from all faiths, ethnicities, cultures, and across all age groups and economic situations.
- Actively seek rich and honest guidance from fellow early education leaders and parents everywhere.
- Weave diversity conversation ideas into our classrooms, curriculum, and general conversations to help parents and caregivers address these important principles early and often.
- Listen to what YOU have to say. If you have feedback on how we could improve our Kindermusik experiences, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Implement an inclusion task force to determine where–internally or externally–we can improve our practices.
As an early childhood company, we are especially focused on the healthy development of each and every child in an environment where they feel seen, heard, and treasured. For the best future of all children, we raise our voices to stand now and forever against racism. We will work hard to continue to promote positive connections and to sing loud and clear that Black Lives Matter.
The Kindermusik Team
The first seven years of childhood development are the most critical, and set so many things in motion for the future. However, development extends far beyond literacy and motor skills. Early cognitive strides include some pretty deep revelations like diversity recognition and cultural acceptance.
This year, Kindermusik partnered with Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language music and movement program, to offer classes in studios (and now virtually!) across the globe. It’s amazing to see how quickly children latch onto a second language and begin to process—even as toddlers— that the world is so much bigger than their immediate environments.
We encourage you to check out these fun-filled classes (kiddos are crazy about the puppets)! In the meantime, let’s talk about how we can jumpstart those social-emotional skills and help our little ones celebrate diversity at home.
Continue reading “Four Easy Ways to Explore Diversity with Children”
Even as businesses start to slowly re-open, many indoor play places remain shuttered, and sports programs are cancelled. If you’re still trying to balance life at home 24/7, check out these tips to help get you through those long summer days!
But before you start charting things out, here’s an important reminder…
Step back and breathe.
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Do you create your own playlists? Maybe one to calm you when you feel stressed, one to pep you up when you feel down, one for a special holiday, or one for busting a move when no one else is around (those are the best!).
Music has incredible benefits, not just for our grownup moods, but for childhood development—from the womb on! That’s what we explore every day in Kindermusik studios around the globe.
Continue reading “3 Things You Can Expect from Kindermusik Class”
That sounds like a skill set a major CEO possesses, right?
The term executive function refers to a set of skills that are essential to the healthy development of young children and that lead to an overall healthier life. These skills must be learned, and music is one fun and easy way to help practice them.
Continue reading “4 Ways Music Boosts Executive Function In Kids”
It’s THAT time of year. Believe it or not, it’s also time to start checking off your holiday gift list.
While “the most wonderful time of the year” can be magical, sometimes it feels overwhelming, especially when it comes to buying the perfect gifts for little ones. Between Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday savings, and all the other holiday ads, it’s hard to research before you buy. But here’s one piece of research you can count on: simple toys are BEST for development. Here are our Top 5 Tips for Buying the Perfect Gifts for Kids.
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The big gifts are great but who doesn’t love a holiday stocking? They’re a win-win for kids and parents.
The psychology of the stocking:
- For kids: the joy and satisfaction of acquiring multiple gifts at once.
- For parents: the opportunity to save $$$ by filling them with fun but affordable items.
But did you know there are plenty of engaging, educational, and lasting stocking stuffers under $5?
Continue reading “Top 5 Under $5 Musical Stocking Stuffers”
As we move into this uncharted phase of social distancing, many of us are trying to figure out how to balance working from home and boosting child development (with minimal meltdowns). It’s tough! Here are some quick tips to help your family get into a productive, positive daily groove without screens.
Routines bring motivation, productivity, comfort, and even relaxation. And musical routines can help secure healthy morning and evenings to jumpstart your family’s school year success.
When news outlets spotlit devastating issues surrounding US immigrant families and children (like parent/child separation, inadequate living conditions, lack of resources, etc.), Kindermusik Educator Christa Beck knew she wanted to do something to help.
Continue reading “Educators Embark on Kindermusik Service Trip”