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Welcome to ~ABC Music & Me~ Music and Learning Program for Children

Early childhood is a wonderful window of opportunity for music learning. Music activities are not just fun - they are also a perfect way to help children learn and grow. The ABC Music & Me music learning program for young children, created by Kindermusik International, is more than a music class. It is a carefully planned curriculum that celebrates the importance of music and movement to the development of young children.
Music & early childhood are such a natural pair. What a perfect time to catch a child's innate love of music, pair it with fun and educational activities, and build a foundation for a lifetime of musical learning. KI has developed a developmentally appropriate music curriculum that celebrates the importance of music, introduces music's basic "language," and nurtures those rhythmic, pattern-loving musical seeds that are naturally planted in every child's brain.
** Music stimulates learning, , lowers stress, and advances memory, attention, and brain development.
*Combining music with movement creates new learning pathways in the brain while enhancing motor skills and muscle development.
**ABC Music & Me combines structure with flexibility to enable children of all temperments to flourish. A quiet child is allowed to observe and absorb, while a highly active child's energy can be funneled into a creative and positive experience.
**Abc Music & Me includes a storytime in every class, encouraging early literacy development and skills such as listening, sequencing, empathy, and anticipation.
**Gathering in a group to sing and play is a positive way to lower inhibitions, build self -esteem, and foster a sense of inclusion. Group learning also helps children develop social skills such as turn-taking and cooperation.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 26th

This week in ABC MUSIC & ME we pretended to fly a kite! The Developmental Benefits are Incorporating imagination and developing gross- motor skills. This activity encourages creativity in children.
We used Ziz Zag blocks to develop a steady beat during instrument play with the Song De Colores. Learning Steady beat will be a key factor in learning to walk, use scissors, and even dribble a basketball.

Take the fun home with you!“I Like to Sing” (CD Track 4) is a great locomotor activity. Try all the verses: sing, trot, swoop, and twist—then try jumping, twirling, swinging, swaying, stomping, romping, rolling, and giggling when the sun is shining! For an extra challenge, have your young child help you make up new verses—not only with new movements, but using different scenarios, such as “I like to hop when the rain is falling” or “I like to tiptoe when the dog is barking.”

Young children are always being asked questions— from “What color is this?”
to “What did you do in music class today?” Most of the questions have simple
and definitive answers. Try opening your questions up for more creative answers—Ask “What do you like to do when the sun is shining?” or “How should we move next?” Be prepared to follow your child’s lead, and you may be surprised at how creative he can be!

While locomotor milestones (balancing, sitting, crawling, and walking) develop most rapidly in the first two years of life, the development of locomotor skills never actually stops. From manual tasks that require fine motor coordination to learning how to play a new sport, we are constantly faced with new tasks that require new locomotor abilities.