Maria Cannon from HobbyJr.org is a guest blogger for this post.

There are exciting ways for the little ones to spend their time that will help them learn, grow and explore their own creativity as well as the world around them. Then there’s the television. What’s it going to be? The latter is the easy option, but the average kid already spends around 30 hours a week in front of the tube. As a parent, it’s up to you to introduce them to healthier activities and guide them in their personal journey of discovery. Here are a few ideas, as well as some budget tips to help ease the strain on your wallet. Read more

Many parents put in a lot of thought into what preschool activities their child will do thinking that what their child learns there will have a huge influence in how they do in elementary school and beyond.It’s true, however not in the way you may think. I hear “my 3 year old can already read,” or “my 4 year old already knows how to multiply.” That truly is great! I love kids that love to learn. But it should not be the main focus for a preschooler. Studies have shown that focusing on academic knowledge early on is not what’s going to ensure that your child does well in school. Read more

CC License, Some Rights Reserved: Thomas GalvezWe’ve all been there. Your child is behaving like an angel and suddenly turns into a little devil when you tell them that they have to do something else. It’s understandable. They’re not really little devils! They’re learning how to behave properly and what your expectations are of them. And who wants to stop something fun? Young children need routine and schedules to help them predict what their day will be like. When you plan transitions into your day it helps give them a heads-up of what’s next. And there are some great ways to ease them into the transitions of the day – with music! Read more

Since the debut of the complete Nutcracker in America at the San Francisco Ballet on Christmas Eve in 1944, The Nutcracker as become an essential holiday tradition for many families. Clara dancing with her nutcracker and ballerinas swirling in “snow” are as a part of Christmas as holly and Christmas trees. The Nutcracker is one of the first ballets for many children, because it’s so magical. But at a full 2 hours plus intermission, it can also be one of the more challenging ballets for the very young. But there are some things that you can do to prepare before you go, so that the whole family can enjoy the performance. Read more

As the year comes to a close and we come to the longest night of the year, around the world we celebrate different holidays that bring together our family and friends. And there’s no better way to introduce a holiday to young ones than through the music that is used to celebrate it. Here are just some of the holidays that our friends and neighbors celebrate here in Silicon Valley and samples of the music that go with it.   Read more

Practice makes perfect. But with young kids, it’s easier said than done. At My Little Conservatory we want our students to enjoy both their lessons and at home piano practice. Playing the piano should feel like they are doing just that – playing. It’s how kids learn best and why we have play activities during piano lessons. The last thing we want is tears over having to practice and for it to feel like a real chore.

If practicing piano at home is feeling like a chore for your child, or you just want to avoid that, there are ways you can help them find the fun. And if you’re finding that just getting them to practice leads to an argument, we have some tips for that too. Here’s some ways to help you make piano practice fun and easier to do. Read more

We like to tell parents that they are their child’s first and best teacher because it’s true! Sure, parents may not always know all the answers—like that initial night home from the hospital (now what?!) or when a baby experiences a growth spurt and wakes up every two hours (why?!).

But, thankfully parenting is not about personally knowing all of the answers all of the time. It doesn’t change the fact that parents ARE the early childhood experts when it comes to their own children.

Of course, everyone needs a little help and affirmation now and again…even the experts. Music can be the go-to resource to help make parenting just a little bit easier and support a parents’ unique role in a young child’s life. In fact, we think music gives parents super powers! Music can provide moments throughout the day (or night) to pause and celebrate the parent-child bond and reinforce a young baby’s development. Here are a few ways babies benefit when parents add music to their parenting toolkit. Read more

How early music instruction impacts early literacy development

Still wondering if you should sign your little one up for a music class?? Check out all of these wonderful benefits: Read more

 

Come check out a free demo class!! During the last week of August we are offering numerous demo classes! Wondering what a baby class is like? Come and see for yourself! Wondering if your child is ready for Wiggle & Grow? Come see. This 30 minute class will give you a taste of some of the fun that Kindermusik offers. You’ll see a class in action. Have fun singing, dancing, playing instruments, giggling, and learning while you see just what makes Kindermusik soooo special. Come play with us!

Register for fall before the end of the month and receive a free set of rhythm sticks!!!

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Kindermusik isn’t just for kids – it’s for parents too!
You’ll love the support and friendship you find amongst the other adults in the class.  The class activities are just as much fun for you as they are for your child – and no one cares how well you sing or dance.  It’s all about the kids!  Plus you’ll take home what you learn so that along with your Home Materials, you’ll have the tools and resources at your fingertips to extend the fun, music, and learning at home.

Kindermusik classes will become the highlight of your week.
Kindermusik isn’t just one more thing for your busy schedule, it’s the one thing that allows you time to slow down and savor those precious, fleeting years from newborn to age 7 years. Kindermusik classes give you uninterrupted quality time with your child and unique insights into your child’s development.  And there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you (and Kindermusik!) just put that big smile on your child’s face and a happy song in his/her heart. Read more