Level 3: "Imagine That!" (3 - 5 Years)
15 Week Term: 24 Feb - 20 June, 2020
*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!
Toys I Make, Trips I Take -- Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the preschooler’s sense of a sequence of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality.
Home Materials: Two books—If I Had a Big Blue Boat and Tippity Tippity Too, Toys I Make, Trips I Take Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and a drum.
Toys I Make, Trips I Take Monthly Mini Themes:
- Part 1: Lessons 1-4: The Jack-in-the-Box Jumps Up!We imagine ourselves to be toys in a toyshop, wondering and exploring how different toys move and the sounds they make. We also make our own instruments! We’re strengthening our listening, language, and social skills, using our play to make ourselves at home in the larger world.
- Part 1: Lessons 5-8: Out Here on the Sea: We build boats and float away off across the sea. We dance and twinkle like stars. We play so many different kinds of instruments; we dance and we sing. When we leave our Kindermusik class, our eyes sparkle with the joy and confidence of our new learning.
- Part 2: Lessons 9-12: Down by the Station: We’re down at the station with all the little pufferbellies, packed suitcases and maps in hand! In our musical journey through music and movement, we learn that we can choose to stop our train - even when traveling fast! We also learn teamwork through instrument play and continue to explore the magical world of reading and writing!
- Part 2: Lessons 13-16: TippityTippity Too! We are learning about ourselves by playing with animals! Singing songs about animals, moving like animals, wondering about the world of animals, and while we play we’re traveling toward reading and writing! We finish by taking the time to share and celebrate the learning and growing we’ve done all while traveling at the speed of fun!