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Two Saturdays ago, DW officially graduated from his Kindermusik summer classes.It’s his third graduation, which in the real world means DW’s a PhD Degree holder 😛 Here’s DW examining his certificate.
“That’s not from Recto DW”
In the world of Kindermusik though, it means that DW has finished his modules on Feathers, Do-Si-Do and now, Busy Days. Per module, you go through different songs, movements, actions and stories and you get to bring home a CD of all the songs for that module, a story book and a free toy. For Feathers, we took home DW’s first Kindermusik CD, a book plus posters and a soft ball with a chime inside.
DW started when he was 7 months old. Some of my friends enrolled their kids at around 2 months, veterans na sila or if Kindermusik was UP, MRR na! 😀
I learned about Kindermusik online and found out about a local school near our house through Facebook. BDW’s former boss enrolled her kid and so I asked her how the school was. She gave me Teacher Suzette’s number and BDW and I were thrilled when Teacher Suzette invited us to sit in one of her classes for free.
Teacher Suzette has a veeery calming speaking voice and her singing voice has a really soothing cadence. We were preparing for the worst when we came into the class. DW was at a stage then where he would scream and cry his lungs out whenever he’d be in unfamiliar territory. “Nangingilala” as we would call it.
Not in Teacher Suzette’s class though. He was quiet and observant. He picked up and played the percussion instruments that were being passed around by our fellow parents. BDW and I wanted to cry out of sheer joy!!
BDW decided then and there to enroll DW. We both loved that the class was small and that Teacher Suzette encouraged creativity. There was no right way of playing a musical instrument. If one kid decided that using his foot to play with castanets is his thing, then so be it. The class had a lot of singing and dancing it was pretty much my once-a-week hourly cardio come to think of it. Teacher Suzette also taught us how to do massages and to sing to our babies too. The first time I did it I got teary-eyed 😛
That was 7 months ago and DW is now 18 months. Will we enroll DW again for the next module? Most probably but we are looking into other schools but Kindermusik will always be our priority
DW’s first graduation. I can’t believe this was 11 months ago *sniff*
Some may ask what are the factors in deciding which school is best for your toddler or are schools like Kindermusik even necessary for kids as young as DW? Only you can answer these questions because only you know what’s best for your kid. Our goal then was for DW to learn how to socialize and to interact with other kids and with other people. We asked a trusted co-parent for the pros and cons of the program. But most importantly, we went to the school and we participated. We were lucky that Teacher Suzette allowed us to sit in and that she set aside some time after the class to discuss the program. It never hurts to ask for a free trial or to sit in and observe the dynamics between the teacher, the students and the parents.
What has DW learned so far? To quote BDW, Kindermusik is “sulit”. After just a couple of classes, DW became much more open to exploring different environments and interacting with different people. DW also knows how to “pack away” which is putting back the stuff that he used in the right container. Most importantly, DW has fun. He dances with his classmates and with us (sometimes he dances by himself if the beat is funky enough). He plays with the instruments while tap-tap-tapping to the beat of Kindermusik’s really fun songs.
For me and BDW, we both learned a lot of songs and games that we could play with DW. Kindermusik time is bonding time for us too. The Saturday morning sessions are a perfect start to our family day out.
If you’re interested in Kindermusik, Teacher Suzette teaches classes at schools in Capitol Hills, Congressional Avenue, San Juan and White Plains. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 216.5677 | 951-5532 | 0917 853 0225
playing with sand in the Busy Days summer class