Classroom Guidelines & FAQ’s
for Kindermusik By Leah
During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model. It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable in class. Don’t be discouraged – what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are key to facilitating musical learning and growth. When you are an active, focused, enthusiastic participant in class activities, your child will model your actions and focus more fully too.
You and your child will enormously benefit from the Kindermusik experience, especially if you make active use of your At Home materials. Frequent reinforcement at home throughout the week makes all the difference in a child’s comfort and participation in the classroom. Instructions will be provided upon enrollment for your kindermusik @ home account.
Here are some class guidelines:
Plan to arrive about 5 minutes early for class. Arriving a little before class provides time for your child to settle in to the musical environment as they prepare to enjoy exploring instruments, reading books, or listening to music. All classes begin on time; please try to be prompt. Occasionally, being late is difficult to avoid – please enter the classroom as quietly as possible.
Remember that parent/caregiver participation is a key ingredient to success in any Kindermusik program. Your commitment to regular attendance and ongoing participation with your child during class will lead to more satisfaction, sense of accomplishment and enjoyment for your child and you!
Please turn off or silence your cell phone before entering into the classroom. If you should need to talk on your cell phone, please take your child with you, and step outside.
Drinks and Snacks
Please leave juice and snacks in the car with the exception of those babies nursing or bottle feeding.
What to wear and bring
Kids (and parents) should wear comfortable clothes; we do a lot of movin’ and shakin’… We have a NO SHOES policy for parents and children, so please come prepared to go barefoot or wear socks. For the babies only, please bring a blanket for your baby to lay on during floor activities.
A good guideline to follow is to be fever free for 24 hours, and for a nose not to be running with anything other than clear. It is VERY common for babies and toddlers to have runny noses due to teething. It is VERY hard to distinguish that from being sick. If you at all feel that your baby is under the weather, remain home and schedule a makeup class.
If you are unable to attend your class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you are able. Provided there is space in a class, you will be offered a catch up class at any one of our other scheduled classes for your age group. All catch up classes are by booking only and are required to be made up within the term in which they occur. Catch up classes do not roll over from term to term. There are no credits or refunds given for any unattended classes.
In the event that your class has been cancelled on a particular day, an alternative catch up class will be offered on the same day at the end of our 16 week term. Cancellation of classes only happens in rare circumstances (ie. school closures).
Due to limited class sizes and the delicacy of the younger class settings, we can only accommodate non-enrolled siblings when the sibling is young enough to stay contented in a sling, car carrier or stroller. Please note, all non-registered children attending class will not be able to participate. Emergency exceptions are considered.
Children make all kinds of sounds during the class. We call it vocalizing. However, if your child is really upset and is distracting the class, your teacher may ask you to take him/her outside for a hug and some reassurance and come back in as soon as s/he is ready. Should your child become curious about our music source or instruments, please re-direct him/her if your teacher is unable to.
Children with special needs
Music is a help in neurological, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. We ask that parents talk with their teacher so that we may learn more about your child, and together we can make a decision about how to proceed or adapt in class.
We welcome visitors to class and enjoy meeting extended family and friends. When possible, please let us know in advance so we can avoid overcrowding the classroom.
16 weeks of weekly classes
– Jan 15 – 19, 2018
– May 7 – 11, 2018
No classes Feb. 19-23, 2018 (Family Week) and Apr. 2-6 (Easter Holiday)