Music Beat Kids sessions have a unique relaxed and social atmosphere as we understand the importance of supporting parents as well as children to get out of the house and meet others and make friends while attending our classes. However, you will get the most out of the sessions if you:
- Join in! Children learn through modelling and the person they most want to sing with is you! Don’t be shy, only your child is listening. Sing and dance and play the instruments with gusto!! Our group leaders have strong voices so you can easily hide behind their strength if you don’t feel confident singing. If you don’t know the words to particular songs and would like to learn feel free to ask the group leader to provide you with some song sheets. We also often have song lyrics up on the Music Beat Kids Facebook page.
- Listen to the group leader. Not only will you learn great ways to use music at home, you will be modelling to your child good attending and listening skills, both very important pre-academic skills the children will need for starting their schooling in the future.
- Put your phone down. We understand that sometimes you have to take a call, but if you can avoid it do! Your child wants to be with you in the moment, so spend these 45 minutes together without interruption if at all possible, these years will be over sooner than you know it (trust me!)
- Remember to be in the moment, not just recording it. Please feel free to take photos and videos of your child. But don’t forget to put your phone down and join in too; don’t miss the fun of doing. Please check with our staff first if you wish to video them singing in the session.
And remember, your child can participate in many different ways and still be gaining great benefits from the program.
- All littlies have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. Many kids will be really excited by some parts of the session and not that enticed by others. Active learning still happens while sitting, watching and listening and wandering is actually fine too. As long as all the children are safe and supervised and remain in the general area they are still getting the benefits.
- Chat with your group leader if you are concerned about the way your child is participating (or not), and remember that all children take time to learn new routines and structures and respond positively to them. It may take many weeks for littlies to get the gist of what’s happening and really start to enjoy it so give them time.
Let your tot’s unique characteristics shine through without placing too many restrictions on them. Music is all about creativity after all and there are many ways to play the drum that aren’t necessarily conventional! It is all good learning.