All at-home materials are high quality products produced by Musikgarten, and must be ordered through the instructor. Materials are required for all students. Siblings enrolled in the same course only need one packet per family.
The materials are designed to allow families to share in the experience at home, as well as to reinforce the lessons. The parent books include music and lyrics to songs, words to poems and rhymes, and suggestions for movements and dances to go along with activities. The CD's have lovely arrangements of instruments with singing that includes soloists and a youth choir, which adds a new dimension to songs learned in our circle in class.
My hope is that you will frequently use these materials and use them to extend and enjoy our lessons at home. Especially for younger children, using the materials gives children a chance to mentally rehearse activities that we've done in class. They can enjoy and absorb the music even if they're passively listening when they're riding in the car or playing by themselves at home while the CD is playing in the background. Using the CD's presents an opportunity to practice the movements that go along with the songs in a place where they feel most comfortable and secure, which can in turn give them more confidence when they're with the group. Listening to the CD's can be a chance to bond with the person who attends class and to teach other adults what goes on in class. The more comfortable a child is with the activities, the more they will get out of class as well because they will be more confident and familiar with the songs and rhymes. Older children can take it a step further and teach the songs to siblings or parents or use their imagination to explore other movements or dances that they make up themselves.
|Cycle of Seasons: Sun Catchers||$38||Includes Parent Book, 2 CDs, and 12 laminated animal cards. Comes in a cloth storage pouch.|
|Cycle of Seasons: Wind Dancers||$38||Includes Parent Book, 2 CDs, and 12 laminated animal cards. Comes in a cloth storage pouch.|
|Family Music for Babies||$36||Includes Parent Book and CD, and Baby Instrument Kit with rhythm sticks, rattle, scarf. Instrument kit comes in a cloth storage bag.|
|Family Music for Babies (returning students only)||$30||Includes Parent Book and CD only.|
|Family Music for Toddlers: Clap with Me||$30||Includes Parent Book, CD, and finger cymbals.|
|Family Music for Toddlers: Dance with Me||$30||Includes Parent Book, CD, and a colorful scarf.|
|Family Music for Toddlers: Play with Me||$30||Includes Parent Book, CD, and a jingle stick.|
|Family Music for Toddlers: Sing with Me||$30||Includes Parent Book, CD, and a pair of rhythm sticks.|
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