What a wonderful time we’ve had in the Village classes at Kindermusikwithhannah!
Luxmama recently went to test drive the class a few times and severely enjoyed it. We spent some time in the Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow unit. I’ve noted the next unit is called Feathers…mmm, I’m drifting off to la-la land already.
Haven’t heard of the Kindermusik concept?
Kindermusik actually spans over 70 countries, 1.5 million families and 5,000 educators worldwide they say. The Kindermusik company was born in the US in 1978, soon after expanded into Canada and from there spread all around the world.
“Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.”
Our local licensed educator in Luxembourg, Hannah Fryer studied Theatre at college and sang in many school plays and local productions throughout her youth. With her magnetic singing voice, she engages effortlessly with the babies in our Village class based on song and movement for babies aged 3 – 18 months.
Each class starts with an enchanting greeting song “Welcome Starshine” where every baby is bounced, rocked, tapped and swayed ‘hello’. This is normally where they start to realise something good is about to happen…
Then we usually continue with a little massage followed by a warmup…
After which the full body workout begins!
Mamas and papas working those biceps and triceps as we sway around our babies on “Little Red Caboose“, “Rumble, Squeak, Bump” and “Zum Gali Gali” – just to name a few!
As for the singing & dancing. No need to be shy. No need to have the X-Factor. The purpose is to strengthen the bond with your baby by losing your inhibitions and showing baby how fun it is to play, hum, skip, bounce and wriggle!
And then to be rocked during “Rocky Horse”
Or simply “peekabooing”.
Hannah pulls various props out of her hat…like bell rattles, eggy shakers (almost certain that is not the correct terminology), musical balls and wedding veils.
We experimented with all types of instruments…like uhm wooden block & stick tapping instruments… (It’s really obvious that my parents never took me to Kindermusik classes)
And at the end of the 40 minute class, we try to have some quiet time. The music is turned off and everybody sits and quietly watches the babies embracing the silence.
Needless to say, Amelie had a ball of a time (she was of course the star student) and by our fourth class, already started smiling the moment we started singing.
All in all, definitely a must-do and all you require is a baby!
You can check it out at http://www.kindermusikwithhannah.lu
More about the Author
As mother of two darling babies, Certified IMPI Holistic Sleep Coach, Baby Planner and Happiest Baby Educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide maternity coaching for expecting/future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence!
She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep, an edgy non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and postnatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg