For the past 1 month, Yining has been attending Kindermusik lessons. They have classes for children starting from new born to 7 years, with different curriculum for different age groups.
Yining was about 17 months when we brought her to the first trial lesson, so she still falls within the 0-18mths category. They call this ‘The Village’. She was the eldest kid in the class. Personally I felt she’s quite out of place. So on the advice of the teacher, we brought her for another trial class for 18 months to 3 years. Now she ends up being the youngest. 🙂 This older class is call “Our Time”. The main activity for them is singing, dancing etc, basically just playing. Yining enjoyed this class more, so we had her enrolled formally for the class.
Initially, we were quite worried that Yining might disrupt the class because she couldn’t focus and kept moving around the classroom. Teacher Angel saw our worries and told us that it’s normal for children to misbehave especially when Yining’s not even 18 months. And it was also alright for her not to be focused. It will take about 3 or 4 lessons for them to settle down and start to engage more with the rest of the class.
True enough, after 4 lessons, we could see that Yining’s starting blend into the group. The class uses music as a cue for certain actions and this works well for us at home too. She does certain things when we play certain songs. Another thing we discovered was that her speech ability improved as well. The most important is that Yining’s enjoying this weekly session. That’s already bang for the buck. 🙂