Kindermusik helps children develop physical, cognitive skills
Thursday, 09 January 2014
By Melissa Buckley
 GUIDON staff
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A worldwide early childhood development program  aimed at teaching through music is being offered on post.  

Conducted by the SKIES Unlimited Program, Kindermusik targets ages 0 to 7.  

“Kindermusik International recognizes that a parent is a child’s first teacher and has developed a very special age-appropriate music and movement activity that embraces this. With the philosophy that ‘every child is musical,’ we combine music and a child’s developmental need to move into every activity with an emphasis on a child’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language and musical development,” said Alana Wideman, owner and educator of Kindermusik with Miss Alana.  

  There are Kindermusik programs offered in more than 70 countries.   

Kindermusik is for infants, toddlers, preschoolers,  school-agers, and their parents, caregivers and Family  members.  

“One, or both parents will attend with their child, and an invitation is extended to siblings, visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles, even cousins. All of these people are part of a child’s life, hence, they will always be a part of our Kindermusik community,” Wideman said.  

As an early childhood music educator, Wideman is given a unique opportunity to be a part of the lives of many Families and children on a weekly basis. She said she enjoys watching the kids and parents learn together.  

“Taking witness to the learning process of every child, seeing those smiles, hearing the laughter, sharing tears, celebrating shining moments with parents and even watching friendships develop. I’ve had children who started crawling in class, literally take their first steps in my class. I’ve seen children learn how to share with their friends and how to participate as a member of the community,” Wideman said.   

According to Wideman, in each Kindermusik play date event, children have an opportunity to learn from each other.   

“When you place children of different ages and stages in a room with a structured activity like Kindermusik, the amount of neural connections that are being made in just one class is enough to wear anyone out. The older music makers get to be ‘teachers’ to the youngest who are watching, hearing, acquiring language, and copying the big kids,” Wideman said. “In the meantime, a child who is 4 to 7 years is fine tuning their focus, attention span, expanding and challenging their cognitive skills and are able to connect to culture and history in the music and stories we listen to.”  

She said a child’s brain must rest to process and store what it just experienced.

“I always forewarn parents that the amount of learning that takes place in every class will tire their child quickly. Apparently, the parents love this inadvertent benefit,” Wideman said.  

 To participate children must be registered with Child, Youth & School Services Bldg. 470 room 1126.

Sing and Play for babies ages 0 to 2 is at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, and Wiggle and Grow for toddlers ages 2 to 3 is at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.  The class length is approximately 45-minutes long.   

Tuition is $25 per month and a $10 per month licensing fee is paid directly to Wideman for Digital Home Content that is accessible on your home computer, smart phone or Wi-Fi enabled device.   

For more information call 596.0120.

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 January 2014 )