Rock Their World – Rocking and the Vestibular System

Spinning, twirling and rocking all stimulate the vestibular system, the centre of balance in the brain. It is important to encourage this kind of movement, particularly in the early years when your child is in such a tremendous growth-spurt, as it helps develop your child’s balance and coordination skills, strengthens eye muscles and upgrades the vestibular system ready for new physical accomplishments such as crawling, walking, hopping and skipping.

Kindermusik Online Materials – Your Home Learning Kit

One of the things I love most about being a Kindermusik educator and the Kindermusik programme is how it supports parents as their child’s most important teacher with the Kindermusik Online Materials.  There is nothing I love more than when a parent tells me how a Kindermusik song calmed their baby on a long car trip or…

Announcing Kindermusik@Home!

One of the things I love most about being a Kindermusik educator and the Kindermusik programme is how it supports parents as their child’s most important teacher with the Kindermusik at Home materials.  There is nothing I love more than when a parent tells me how a Kindermusik song calmed their baby on a long car trip…

Music Makes Travelling With Children Easy…Really!

Childbirth and parenting classes should include a section called “Packing for the littlest traveler.” Parents who travel with a young child often look like a mobile baby super store. Pack-n-play, stroller, nursing pillow, sippy cups, bottles, binkies, blankie (and backup blankie), case of nappies, case of wipes, baby food, toys, car seat, two or three…

Spotlight on Parenting: Relaxation

Parenting through Music Have you ever heard someone say, “You need to learn how to relax”?  Well, they were right. Relaxing is a learned behaviour that even the youngest child can begin developing. In Kindermusik, we include a quiet time specifically designed to learn and practice relaxation techniques, such as rocking, listening to soothing music,…

Bringing Music Home

We all know that early music education for children has many benefits – intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically – the evidence is widely documented.  So how do we teach a love of music? Enrolling in a Kindermusik class is certainly a great way to make music part of your weekly routine and to instill a…

Family Rituals – the familiarities that comfort and the ties that bind

What is your family’s special ritual?  You probably have many, some may be so ingrained in your daily routines that you don’t even realise you do them.  At our house, we have an “arriving home” ritual.  When we arrive home together, I say “Home again, home again” and my children respond with “jiggity-jig!”.  When my…

Kindermusik Village – a Special Place for Babies and Parents

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb What if there were a place for you and your baby?  Where life’s merry-go-round slowed down for a while to let you and your child share in the magical moments that happen through music, movement, touch and sound?  A place to learn and connect…

On the Road Again – Musical Tips for Travel with Children

Autumn is here and the Easter holiday break is fast approaching.  For many families this means a trip to visit family and friends.  Road trips are a long-standing holiday tradition for Australians and when you have children, the journey can be just as much of an adventure as the destination!  So whether you are heading…

Music2Grow Playdate Classes for 2011

Music2Grow is continuing with its very popular Playdate Programme in 2011. Designed as a casual 40 minute class run during term time, each class includes a little singing, a little dancing, a little playing and a whole lot of learning fun! Join us for a Playdate in Term 1 2011 Friday 11th March – 9.00am…