At Kindermusik, we’re all about great ideas and helpful tips that make parenting just a little bit easier and a whole lot more musical.  And now that Spring is just around the corner, we thought we’d share some music and movement ideas for celebrating spring… and creating some very happy memories!

1. Go for a listening walk. There are all kinds of sounds to be discovered outside, especially in the Spring time.  Listen for, imitate, and then talk about the sounds that are all around.

2.  Take advantage of springtime showers. Those brief, light spring showers do more than bring May flowers… they also leave perfectly sized puddles that are great for jumping, stomping, splashing, and giggling!

3.  Blow bubbles on the porch. There’s nothing more delightful than bubbles.  But bubbles aren’t just for fun, they also help little eyes learn to track and follow moving objects and little eyes and hands to improve eye-hand coordination.

4.  Do a happy dance in the house. Turn on your favorite music and float like a cloud, sway like a tree, fly like a bird, or wiggle like a worm.  (This would be a great follow up to your Listening Walk, and it’s a fun thing for the whole family to enjoy!)

5.  Work on some spring cleaning together. We think music makes everything better, and that includes spring cleaning.  Give your child a soft cloth or small duster and let them help.  Sing and dance the chores away!

And for more fun ways to celebrate Spring and all things new…

Blog post by mindsonmusic.kindermusik.com.

Wondering if piano lessons are right for your child? Here is a list of some of the amazing, non-musical benefits that Music for Little Mozarts provides.

  • Patience: The process of learning effective practice skills aids the child in developing patience.
  • Confidence and Poise: Frequent performance helps the child develop confidence and poise that will be useful in dealing with many situations in life.
  • Perseverance and Commitment: The demands of piano study teach children to develop a commitment to projects and follow them through to completion.
  • Coordination: The coordination of both small and large muscles is strengthened through piano playing.
  • Self-Esteem and Satisfaction: As musical skills are developed, students feel a strong sense of satisfaction in their progress and develop a feeling of self-esteem that transfers to other situations in life.
  • Creativity and Self-Expression: Music study provides a forum for communicating feelings and using imagination for creative endeavors. Read more

Check out Kindermusik in the News! Here is the press release from the Fall! Isn’t music simply amazing!!

Study Proves ABC Music & Me Program Boosts Literacy Development

GREENSBORO, NC – October 15, 2013 – SEG Measurement, an independent research firm, conducted a national study of nearly 300 preschool children, aged three years through five years, to test the ability of Kindermusik International’s curriculum ABC Music & Me to affect students’ literacy development.

During the study, students in both the treatment and control groups were tested with the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) Pre-K Assessment at both the beginning and end of the school year. Results indicated that students in the treatment group showed a 32% higher gain in PALS scores over the control group, indicating greater gains in student’s literacy as a result of the curriculum.

“Students using Kindermusik showed significantly greater improvement in literacy and language skills than students who did not use Kindermusik,” said Scott Elliot, president of SEG Measurement.

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Fine motor skills are so important for the developing toddler and preschooler. These skills enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, fastening clothing, cutting, stacking blocks and manipulating various toys. As the neurological system matures, these skills develop. Fine motor control requires awareness, planning, muscle strength and coordination to complete a task.

Instrument play in our Kindermusik classes  is a wonderful to improve your little one’s fine motor skills. To further develop these skills, here is a list of 20 Fine Motor Activities using everyday items that you have around the house.  Read more