Level 3: "Imagine That!" (3 - 5 Years)
Tuesday 3:30pm - 4:15pm
14 Week Term: 3 Sept - 15 Dec, 2018
*Class size limited to 4-8 children
His blanket becomes a superhero’s cape. A cardboard box doubles as her princess castle. Pots and pans become a drum set. And she sings all the time. Sound like someone you know? Every day brings a new discovery as your preschooler slowly opens the doors of individuality and independence.
Using the power of music, Kindermusik’s Imagine That! taps into your little child’s creative spirit and boundless energy and focuses on developing his learning strengths and self-confidence so he’ll be ready for school, prepared for future music lessons…or able to leap tall buildings. Each class will include the introduction to musical concepts (i.e. Staccato, Legato, Forte, Piano, Accelerando, etc.) through pretend play, a variety of music, instrument playing, singing, storytelling, and literacy. Parents are encouraged to attend the last 15 minutes of classes.
What to Expect
Encouraging aural awareness and introducing musical concepts through:
Pretend Play. Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement and literacy aspects of each class. When based on a child’s real-life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor and cognitive skills.
Musical Variety and Singing. Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for your child to explore his many voices and to use a “singing voice.” Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and socialization.
Storytelling and Literacy. Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
Parent Involvement. Children aged 3-5 are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. He’ll experience both in Imagine That! Caregivers participate in the last 15 minutes of class. Plus the At Home Materials ensures the learning continues at home with your child’s best teacher—you!
Hello Weather! Let’s Play Together! — Sunshine, rain, snow, thunderstorms, and more in this imaginative and delightful weather-related musical adventure. Preschoolers create storm sounds with a drum to “Wild Storms,” jump in pretend puddles to “Mud Puddle Jump,” throw pretend snow-balls to “Snowballs,” and sing along to “Colors of the Rainbow.” With weather as our learning theme, preschoolers will explore musical styles that range from Opera to American folk, and become more self-sufficient in a creative musical environment that integrates music, pretend play, storytelling, movement, and more.
Home Materials: Two literature books—Michael Finnigan and Hurry Home, Little Kittens; the Hello Weather play set (pretend play manipulative component); two Home CDs with over 63 recordings of the stories, games, and weather-related sound effects played in class; a 46-page Family Activity Book; two instruments—1 pair of ankle bells and a rain shaker with scraper; all packaged in an optional Imagine That! backpack.
Hello Weather, Let’s Play Together Monthly Mini Themes:
Lessons 1-4: All Kinds of Weather: Your child’s busy morning routine is the springboard to several weeks of storytelling through singing, pretend play and games in class. Songs about sunshine and playing outdoors engage the children in movement, instrument play, singing, and creative expression and help them understand the concept of tempo (the speed of the beat) in music.
Lessons 5-7: Let’s Take a Walk: Dancing in rain puddles, jumping in the mud, creating rainbows, and learning the ASL signs for rain and wind provide multi-sensory experiences with legato and staccato in music. At home projects like creating a shaker instrument continue the fun and learning at home.
Lessons 8-11: Colors of the Rainbow: The weather will change from sun to rain to storm to snow as the children explore ways to create a musical storm with drums and skate on our classroom skating rink. Songs and games from around the world emphasize the musical concepts of glissando and dynamics, and provide plenty of opportunity for movement, creative expression, and social interaction.
Lessons 12-14: When Cold Winds Blow: We’ll bundle up for some musical pretend play in the snow, full of snowball throwing, skating, snowman building and more! Sleigh bells and snow boots created at home and brought to class add extra opportunities for creativity and self-expression.