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The Village program is the perfect “Village” atmosphere, where moms and babies come to spend quality fun time together, away from regular routines and responsibilities. Yet they find a comfortable place to explore the social world of a group setting, while singing, dancing, and exploring instruments and props, such as scarves, balls, parachutes, and more. Parents also learn how music truly influences the development of the whole child through everyday interactions with their babies.
Each semester of Village include a unique set of home materials based on the thematic focus. Kindermusik fully believes that the parent is the child’s first teacher, and that the primary learning takes place in the home and throughout the routines of their day. By having the following tools, families are able to enhance their ability to incorporate music, movement, language, and learning activities with their babies througout the day, and more fully understand the importance of these activities to their babies’ development. Each set of home materials include the following:
A high quality CD which includes a great selection of music from around the world and across different styles, with unique arrangements for each one that allows the child to hear a variety of instruments and a variety of voices. Throughout the class we use this music in a variety of ways, and the child’s familiarity with the music has a profound effect on their participation in class, and how much they gain from the experience.
A Children’s literature book – a board book featuring delightful large color images, and fun words to encourage vocal play.
Art Banners – Two heavy stock strips that include the pictures from the book. These are beneficial in aiding the baby’s visual and language development.
An Instrument clearly designed to match the theme, and make specifically for babies, so that the finish and parts are SAFE for the FULL exploration they will get.
Do-Si-Do – “Boom-Pa-Pa, Boom-Pa-Pa, Tango, Cha-Cha, 1-2-3, Waltz with Me, Boom-Pa-Pa-Pa” is the resounding and repeating from from this wonderful book, song, and semester that celebrates the world of dance and the music that has been written to accompany all of it’s many forms. This is not a dance class, but you and the baby will learn to move to these various rhythms in a way that will provide the baby with a good steady beat and feel for rhythmic phrases.
Feathers – Oh, the wonderous variety of birds there are in this world! The themes for this semester focus on the different colors and sounds from birds all over the world, as well as celebrating the Fall season in which so many birds take flight. There is an earthy feel from the Native American music, as well as the chipper Kookaburra song from Australia, and so much more of this wonderful CD.
Cock-a-Doodle Moo! – Hop on the hayride – it’s time to head for the farm! In this unit of Kindermusik Village, families will sing songs about the farm, including a new twist on “Old MacDonald”, joyous riding songs like “Hayride”, and a cool new toe tickler “This Little Cow Eats Grass”. They’ll engage in rituals and playful activities for baby and parent or care provider, all centered on farm life and the unique animals found there.
DewDrops – Stop and smell the roses – and the Lily of the Valley, and the Tulips, and the Pansies… in the DewDrops unit of Kindermusik Village, families will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine Flower”, “How Does your Garden Grow?”, and “White Coral Bells”. The CD is infused with traditional Irish music – to which we: dance a jig, prance to the Irish Trot, and exercise to “Did You Ever See a Lassie”. Aye, ladie, it’s a great deal of fun!
Zoom Buggy – Babies love to zoom around – in a stroller or a wagon, and eventually through playing with cars and toy rocketships. This semester celebrates all the fun vehicles on a scale just right for babies. All those airplane sounds you make with a spoon during feeding time actually helps your baby learn language. You’ll learn how sounds like this can develop physical, social, cognitive, and emotional skills as well.
Dream Pillow – Nightime, and all that goes with it, is an important part of babies routine. We celebrate the evening routines, the moon, and the stars, and the beautiful voices that babies hear soothing them. There are some fabulous lullabies, but don’t be fooled, the fun activities of this semester will NOT put YOU to sleep.
Hickory, Dickory, Tickle and Bounce – The classic world of mother goose, as well as time-honored songs, fingerplays, lap bounces and circle dances from around the world are celebrated in this fun semester. The book is a favorite among Kindermusik families, and features a little mouse who plays around the clock in such a way as to teach spatial concepts.
The Rhythm of My Day – A child’s day is filled with routines that help that child feel safe, allowing them to turn their focus to learning from their environment. This semester celebrates the rhythmic nature of these routines, and notably creates and/or enhances the special rituals that occur between the parent and the child during these routines. The music on this CD is Jammin’, full of island style calypso and complex rhythmic beats from many cultures – it is a Favorite of Kindermusik families.