Friday, September 24, 2010
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Having been a Kindermusik teacher now for 13 years, I have seen many children come and go. My own children never had the opportunity to do Kindermusik as I didn't know about it when they were small. My baby was 11 when I started my program and although they know all the songs and what Kindermusik is all about (they heard me practicing!), they never got to sit on my lap and participate. However, I do have grandchildren who now have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a Kindermusik class.
This year I get to be the "parent" in one class because my 5 year old grandson is in his mom's Young Child class. The excitement was high as we anticipated our first Young Child class. Who wouldn't be excited? He was going to learn about notes and the beat and get to READ rhythms and notes on the staff. What fun! So we went to the first class. Got there way too early, so we did all the things you need to do to prepare for a class. We had our things and then went to the bathroom. Thinking he didn't need me for that task, I sent him alone. He came out calling for "Gamma". Not a good sign. He had peed his pants, something that hasn't happened for a long time. I proceeded to clean him up. We had found a few toys in a room to play with while waiting and we went to pick them up. He didn't want to do this. He wanted to continue playing, but still said he wanted to go to class. I had created a real dilemma for him. And the melt down began! I always tell parents not to arrive too early. I had not followed my own advice.
So for the next 10 minutes (5 minutes beyond when class began) he was crying. Very upset! I would talk a while and then be quiet. Finally, he began calming down, so he went into class. I was EXHAUSTED! I was so afraid that I had contributed to him not enjoying Kindermusik anymore. I thought this was going to be hard for many weeks. I just wasn't sure this was going to be the experience for either of us that I was anticipating.
Oh my! Parents! Parents have said things like this to me as they withdrew from class. I totally understand now! It is hard! Sometimes parents just aren't ready to do the hard work that raising a child can present. It's just easier to stay home or go to a park and let your child run. Now while these things are fine, your child will not get the value and benefits from a Kindermusik class this way.
So as I learned, you just have to be willing to do the hard work sometimes to reap the benefits in your child's life. My grandson is now in week #3 of Kindermusik for the Young Child and he seems to be fine. So I'm timing my entrance better and we never mention the toys in the other room! (And by the way, the picture at the top doesn't have my grandson in it!)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
How Setting Limits Will Benefit Your Children By Greg Taillon
Gone are the days of children coming home from school, eating homemade chocolate chip cookies and then going outside to play with their friends until it’s time to do homework. Today, older children are often home alone after school. As a result, they sometimes are tempted to spend their time being entertained with video games, watching television, downloading music and chatting on the Internet instead of doing their homework and more active leisure activities. These temptations are all competing for children’s time at the expense of their education, health and well being.
Childhood obesity, school violence, ADHD and poor reading and math skills can all be tied to too much mass media play in childhood. Too many children are neglecting schoolwork and exercise in favor of eating chips in front of the TV. Fast-paced video games and television shows have shortened children’s attention spans. Recreational reading is almost nonexistent. Even worse, the violence children see on TV is being replayed in the schools, and basic reading and math skills are lagging way behind.
Children spend more than 38 hours per week being entertained by the mass media – almost four times the amount of time they spend on schoolwork. As a result, academics are suffering. According to research and standardized test scores, American students are struggling to read at proficient levels, and most recreational reading has stopped. Math skills are also lagging. Once children fall behind with basic academic skills, they have a hard time catching up. This will have long-term ramifications on them, as the future will bring about more advanced jobs and fewer qualified people to fill them. These jobs include medical personnel, engineers, college professors and other highly educated or technical professions.
Overexposure to television starts at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children younger than age 2, and no more than two hours per day of high-quality programming for older children. The truth is that many children watch much more than the recommended guidelines. (read more)
Don't want YOUR kids to fall into this category? Sign them up for a Kindermusik class or a Simply Music class. It will not only bring music into your home, but it will get your kids away from the influences of the mass media.