[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Any parent who’s been attending Kindermusik classes for even a short period of time quickly realizes just how enjoyable and powerful singing, dancing, playing, exploring, and making music can be – not just for their child, but also for them! It’s no surprise then, that Kindermusik Educators are often asked for ideas about how to include more music into daily routines at home during the week in between classes. With nearly 40 years of research and wisdom backing us, we’re always thrilled to share some ideas. Here are a few of those best ideas compiled here for you!
Tip #1 – Sing, sing, sing!
The most beautiful sound in the world to your child is your voice, whether you think anyone else would agree or not. Over time, you’ll have an entire repertoire from your Kindermusik classes, and you’ll even get skilled at making up your own words for a new verse or two!
Tip # 2 – Keep the music playing
Create playlists or simply let the music stream – in the playroom, in the car, before naps, and before bedtime. It’s really amazing to watch as your child starts to tune in to sounds of instruments (even naming them!), hums or sings along, breaks out into a spontaneous happy dance, or develops strong opinions about favorite types of music.
Tip # 3 – Start a collection of musical instruments
Start off with the basics – egg shakers, bells, and drums – then add other age-appropriate instruments along the way. We recommend keeping your instruments separate from your toys, so that even from an early age, children are learning how to listen, handle, and explore the instruments with focus, care, and creativity. With you there to support and engage, exploring instruments is an especially delightful learning and play activity.
Tip #4 – Make your own homemade instruments
This is a fun, rainy day activity that will keep your child occupied, both as you are making the instrument together and later, as he enjoys exploring and playing with the instrument. Two simple ideas to get you started are making homemade ankle bells or even a homemade guiro.
Tip #5 – Use a favorite lullaby to calm and soothe
Many parents tell us that there are one or two of our Quiet Time lullabies that really touch them and their children. Learn the words so you can sing those lullabies at home, whether at those times when your child needs a calming moment, a close cuddle, or back rub and song while she falls asleep.
Tip #6 – Enjoy a little impromptu dance party
Tears quickly turn into giggles and smiles as you waltz and twirl around the room together, either to a song you hum or a favorite recording from Kindermusik class. The type of music you choose can fit the need of the moment. For example, if your child is fussy and needing your attention, cuddle up for a gentle waltz. If your little one is bouncing off the walls, go for a lively jig.
Tip #7 – Make the most of your Kindermusik Home Materials
Chock-full of ideas and inspiration for you and engaging musical play for your child, your Kindermusik Home Materials are one of your best go-to resources not only for enhancing your overall Kindermusik experience, but for providing hours of learning, engagement, and interactive play at home during the week.
These are simple ideas that are oh-so-easy to incorporate either spontaneously or as a planned part of your child’s day. Without a doubt, music really can make your “everyday” moments a little happier, a little sweeter, and a little easier!
Shared by Theresa Case whose award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, South Carolina has been bringing joy to families for over 20 years now.