Calling All Newborns, Infants, and Babies!

Cuddle, bounce, and bop with your baby in Kindermusik’s newest curriculum

Now Enrolling for Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am! Click “register” above to sign up!

Whether your baby is five weeks or five months, this class will be perfect for you! With age-appropriate activities for newborns, infants and crawlers, this parent-child music and movement class will help you strengthen those early parent-child bonds, understand your baby’s development, and heavily focus on child development and communication with your baby. You and your baby will enjoy instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time—and you’ll get expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in baby development.

Music is one of your baby’s favorite things – and it’s one of the best things for your baby’s developing mind. Babies’ brains are filled with literally billions of neurons—all just waiting to be connected through sensory stimulation. And that’s exactly what a Kindermusik class offers: a sensory rich environment, complete with music, movement, and calm, baby-style fun that is sure to create and strengthen baby’s neural pathways. Each Kindermusik class touches on a multitude of learning domains, creates special bonding moments, and lays the groundwork for a lifelong love of music.

What you’ll experience in Kindermusik Baby Music Classes

Nurturing Baby’s Growth and Development

Young babies are responsive and receptive learners. With you there to nurture and engage your child, a Kindermusik baby music class gives your little one the perfect musical and developmental head start.

Language and Vocal Development – You’ll hear lots of sweet gurgles and coos before your baby says her first words, and Kindermusik activities nurture your baby’s emerging language skills. He or she will learn to imitate sounds, experience give-and-take conversations, and add to his communicative abilities through sign language.

Brain Development – Your baby is learning through moving—and being moved—through space. With every movement, baby’s brain synapses, the connections between neurons, are being created and strengthened. Growing minds present a big window of learning opportunity—and shaking an instrument, feeling a steady beat, looking into a mirror during tummy time, discovering new sounds, and zooming around the room in your arms all contribute to the strengthening of neural connections.

Large Muscle Skills –One thing will naturally lead to the next as you expand your baby’s movement repertoire through music activities that support stretching, kicking, rolling, and crawling, as well as sitting and standing independently.

Small Muscle Skills – From discovering her hands to learning what her hands can do, your baby will thrive on playful activities that give her practice in visually following objects, reaching for and grasping an object, releasing an object, and transferring an object from hand-to-hand.

Social-Emotional Development –Through lots of cuddling, playing, humming, and dancing, Kindermusik activities help you build and strengthen your new relationship with your baby. Side-by-side play, and group dance activities with other parents and babies in class, provide the important benefits of safe and loving early interactions with the wider social world.

Musical Development – You’ll bounce your baby to a steady beat. Maybe she’ll do a fledgling “bouncy dance” on her own. Together you’ll explore simple, baby-safe percussion instruments. Throughout hundreds of different Kindermusik music-and-movement activities, you’ll be giving your baby an early introduction to the songs, sounds, rhythms, and tempos of music from around the world.

Channeling Challenging Behaviors: A Sensory Approach


HELP, my child is a monster in class! I have no control over him and I feel like the other parents in my child’s class are judging his wild behavior and me as a parent. I think I should drop out of the class. What else can I do?

Dropping out of the program is not the answer! The Kindermusik environment provides you with a tremendous opportunity for growth.

First, lose the judgment!

According to Becky Bailey, “The judgments, criticisms, complaints, encouragement, joy and love that we think we are giving to others, are really gifts we give to ourselves.”1 Do you ever feel defensive when another parent or your child’s teacher shares an observation about your child? Maybe it’s you… Judgment creates a defensive environment. Practice reframing what you see to hold NO judgment.

  • Example of judgment: I have no control over my child.
  • Example of no judgment: My child is running.

Think about your child and make a list of the behaviors you are seeing using only the facts, no judgments. This could be behaviors you see at home, in class, anywhere.

Next, empathize.

Empathy happens when you know another person’s feelings and they believe you know.
Who needs empathy? …

  • Your child. S/he may be frustrated, bored, tired, hungry, stressed…..
  • You. You feel exhausted, frustrated, embarrassed….

Acknowledge your own feelings and those of your child. Name their/your feeling: “You are frustrated.” “That hurt!” It is helpful to name the feeling out loud for the child. Ask questions that might clarify: “Are you worried?” “Are you excited?”

Here are some ways to show empathy:

  • Eye-to-Eye Contact: Look into your child’s eyes. Sometimes that’s ALL you need to do. Example: two children collide while putting instruments back in the basket. If a child gets bonked in the head they often think someone should pay for this! But usually if you make eye contact or maybe touch their “owie”, they will instantly recover.
  • Take your child’s Love Language2 into account. Would they respond best to some kind words of endearment, praise, encouragement or guidance? (Words of Affirmation) What about an invitation to sit next to you? (Quality Time) What if you gave them a reward, such as a sticker or a stamp, for the 30 seconds during the class when they were attentive and engaged? (Gifts) What if you asked them to help you with something? (Acts of Service) What about a hug and an extra-long cuddle when they feel slighted by another child? (Physical Touch)

Understand child development.

The following diagram shows the pattern and intensity of movement of children at different developmental stages around a typical nursery school classroom.
Does that help you understand why your little one likes to run so much? There is usually a really good reason the child is behaving the way they are. Always take into account the emotional and physical needs of the child.

Always assume the best in your child … even if you are sure they were throwing the rhythm sticks in class you can still treat it as an innocent situation of an action scheme for discovery. “These are your fingers and they are for holding on tight!” This allows them the freedom to change their mind without losing autonomy.

Again, consider their Love Language to get the best response. In order to respect a child’s Love Language and discipline (train) with love, do not select their Love Language as a method of discipline. For instance, if you use condemning words with a child whose Love Language is Words of Affirmation, your words will communicate not only that you are displeased with the behavior, but also that you do not love the child. If their Love Language is Quality Time, do not use isolation as a form of punishment. If it’s Physical Touch, don’t withhold hugs or respond in a physically negative way. Imagine what a spanking would say to this child! Understanding the child’s primary Love Language allows you to discipline with love and makes that discipline far more effective.

Say what you want

Be direct and use few words. “Don’t” is a meaningless word. Close your eyes and see what happens when someone says, “Don’t see a white fence”. It’s the same with other negatives … if you say “No running!” the only word they get out of it is “RUNNING!” So instead say: Tip toe, Walk, March, Sit, whatever!

It is not always necessary to use words … model tiptoeing … point to the toy basket when it’s time to clean up … learn a few ASL signs to use instead of words, such as IN, OUT, HELP, THANK YOU, PLEASE, ETC. (Our Sign&Sing™ program is a great way to do this!)

If your child throws the rhythm sticks in class, tell him to “Hold on tight!” If he continues to throw, say, “I want everybody to be safe. I am worried the sticks may hurt someone.” If he still persists give him a tissue and say, “You may throw this!”

Choose your words carefully: “NO!” and “Good Job!” are very stress-inducing words. Praising with a “Good job!” is stressful to children because they will not understand exactly what is so “good”. They wonder if it’s at all possible to maintain this “good job” in order to earn your love (which WE think is unconditional). In order to be in control, some children will make mistakes on purpose. They are afraid of not being sure of your “praise”. Instead always give informational feedback. Ex: When your child plays the drum, you can say: “You played that loudly!” Or “You scratched the drum with your fingers.”

Definition of STRESS: Feeling out of control

Stress puts a person on high alert and when that happens, ALL information brought to the brain through the senses is deemed extremely important. Even the feel of the tag on your shirt or the seam on your socks clamors for your undivided attention. It can be overwhelming. Lots of challenging behavior can happen when a child is experiencing stress. A child, who feels out of control and stressed out, will choose to be out of control so that he is at least in control of something!

Early childhood is full of tremendous brain growth spurts. Cortisol, the stress hormone, will actually hinder brain growth. Did you know that cortisol takes 1½ days to dissipate from the system! Toddlers receive a shot of cortisol on average every 9 minutes of their waking day.

Children under lots of stress will function primarily in their “brain stem” and not experience growth in the frontal lobes. The brain stem is concerned with survival: flight or fight! The actions of a child operating in the brain stem are the physical expressions of their feelings.

As a parent, your job is to model from the highest state of your brain. Anytime you use fear and intimidation your child will flip to their survival state. Your child will mirror the state you are in. (Ever notice that when you’re stressed out, your kids are at their worst?)

One of the best reasons to stay enrolled in Kindermusik is all the great knowledge your teacher imparts about the role our activities play in your child’s development. Here are some examples that will help you know what to do when you see those behaviors in class that make you crazy…

Vestibular stimulation:

Ever notice how some children crave spinning? Why do we get dizzy and why does it take us longer to recover than it takes children?

The first sensor system to fully develop in utero is the vestibular system. It is a complex set of tubing filled with fluid and hair cells deep in the inner ear. When the head moves, the fluid moves which stimulates the hair cells. Information from the position of the hair cells is used to maintain balance and with its neurological connections, it plays important roles in posture, tone, coordination, vision and alertness – it primes the brain to learn.4

In class, does your child run around and around and around? By rocking, spinning, swinging, rolling, running in circles, he’s trying to stimulate his own vestibular system. When this happens, first assure yourself it’s perfectly normal. Then, adapt the activity to fulfill your child’s need for vestibular stimulation…. pick him up, twirl him around, or swing back and forth holding him around his chest. On rocking activities, try rocking ALL the way back and forth. Stimulating his vestibular system will cause the chemical, serotonin, to be released in the brain, leaving your child feeling calm, secure, safe, and ready to focus and learn. Next time you’re in class, notice your Kindermusik teacher will sometimes insert this kind of activity to cause this effect.

Scaffolding:

Children who learn that they have the capacity and opportunity to exert control over their actions early in life may be more likely to learn to accept responsibility for their actions as they mature.

Scaffolding is a great discipline tool because it engages children and invites them to choose to do what we want them to do. You will have more success if you convince your child to choose to work with you than if you insist or demand. Meet the child where s/he is. So if she’s running, run with her. If she’s rolling, get on the floor and roll with her. Let your child be the leader.

Deep pressure:

Deep pressure is very calming. It also helps children going through growth spurts know where their body begins and ends!

Does your child ever give “crash” hugs or want to crash his body into other people and things?
Children crave deep pressure. Any pressure that compresses the joints and bones in the spine satisfies this need. Even screaming and singing very loudly will provide deep pressure. But you can meet this need in other ways! … quick hugs to the sternum, falling down, pushing (ie. try “wheel barrowing” your child to give deep pressure to the shoulders), let your child run from across the room and jump into your arms, bounce him/her on your knee and fall between your legs (be sure to be sitting on the floor when you do this!).

Enclosed and dark:

Children crave being enclosed. It is very calming and helps filter out some overload to the senses.

Do you know anyone who uses all the couch cushions to build forts? Ever wonder why the kids are more interested in the boxes than the new toys at Christmastime? Is yours the child in class who likes to crawl under the story blanket, under the table, under a chair, etc? At home, play hiding games, make couch and blanket forts, let them play with boxes, etc.

Blowing:

We all have many nerve endings around our mouth, which crave stimulation. (Stressed out adults chew on pencils, drink hot drinks, eat spicy foods, chew on straws, blow cigarette smoke, etc.) Children need acceptable ways to stimulate these nerve endings. They often chew on their sleeves, hair, toys, or suck their fingers, etc.

Guiding them to blow bubbles, scarves, and feathers calms children and helps them focus on learning.

Jumping and rolling:

Trunk initiated movement like rolling helps children gain the most fundamental control of their body and its movement. After mastery they can then work more proficiently on movement and control of the limbs…then the fine motor skill work comes next. Trying to master fine motor skills before the others is asking for frustration and trouble! Babies who are in the car seat all day really, really miss out!!!

These movements are also stimulating to the vestibular system and give deep pressure. All this is fun play for children, but it’s also their very important work.

So, to channel challenging behaviors in your child, STAY in Kindermusik and try these simple steps. Use this opportunity to get your child from a frustrating time to a time of learning and empowerment. We, your Kindermusik teachers, are here to help you! In class, observe your child. Feel for your child. Understand, so that you can do what’s best for both of you. And, if you haven’t done so already, re-enrol for next semester. It starts January 22!

Many thanks to Kindermusik Educator, Yvette Odell and Kindermusik of Cambridge/KW for this great information!

Resources:
1Becky Bailey, Conscious Discipline
2Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages
3Jill Molli, Loving Guidance Association
4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestibular_system

Shop Small with Ms. Tabby this weekend!

Happy Holidays!

We are so excited to kick off the holiday season with some great deals! There are two fun deals to claim on or before December 1st, when the deals are done!

We also have a little FREE gift for you as well! DOWNLOAD THE SONG “WINTER WONDERLAND” FREE! Just CLICK HERE and then click on the orange download button, and it’s YOURS! If you do not have a free account to our music site, you’ll have to create one!

Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Ms. Tabby

Save up to $70 on 3 months of Kindermusik classes

(reg. monthly fee for Kindermusik is $65 with a registration fee of $25.  Accept the offer on our facebook page to save $15 off per month with a waived registration fee for 3 months of Kindermusik classes when you prepay!)

This deal IS available for current students! 

You must call (713-306-4023) OR email (kmtabby@gmail.com) to begin the conversation after you “Get Offer” on facebook in order to complete this deal!

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Save up to $110 off on 3 months of piano lessons

(reg. monthly fee for Piano Lessons is $100 with a registration fee of $35.  Accept the offer on our facebook page to save $25 off per month with a waived registration fee for 3 months of Piano Lessons when you prepay!)

This deal IS available for current students!

You must call (713-306-4023) OR email (kmtabby@gmail.com) to begin the conversation after you “Get Offer” on facebook in order to complete this deal!

 http://www.facebook.com/pianotabby

 

 

Private Lesson and Kindermusik Policies.

Tuition & Fees: Students paying tuition in full at the beginning of a 4-month semester may apply a $20 discount ($5 off per month) to their payment. Students paying monthly tuition should be aware that the pro-rated amount is due at the first class, and will be billed automatically on the 25th of the preceding month until a drop notice is submitted in writing. Kindermusik “At-Home Materials” are required for each enrolled Kindermusik student as per the terms of the license agreement with Kindermusik International. Registration fees and the first tuition payment are due in full at the time of registration in order to reserve your space in class. If payment is not received by the 5th of the month, a late fee of $15 will be applied each week that payment is late. Your prompt payment reserves your time in advance for the month. If your payment is more than 2 weeks late, your lesson time or spot in class may be forfeited and may be released to a student on the waiting list.

Hold Harmless Agreement: We, the undersigned parents or guardian of the student(s) referenced above do hereby certify to Tabitha Worthington, doing business as Kindermusik With Tabby, that the aforementioned child is in good health and is able physically to participate in the studio’s programs. We do give said child permission to participate in Kindermusik and/or private instruction. We recognize that children are occasionally hurt while engaged in play as well as during other activities. We therefore specifically authorize Ms. Worthington or her representatives to take our child to the doctor or emergency room of the hospital in the event it should be necessary, and agree to pay any medical charges which may be incurred. We assume all risks applicable to our child’s participation in this activity. We hereby waive any and all claims against Tabitha Worthington, Kindermusik with Tabby, its’ employees, Kindermusik International, the owners of the building in which classes are held, the organizers, sponsors or any of the supervisors appointed by the above if involved in this activity.

Photo Release: I do hereby give permission for my child/ren to be photographed or recorded for promotional materials including flyers, web site/blog postings, video postings, in-studio collages. I do so without expectation of compensation & with the understanding that these photos will be used exclusively by Kindermusik with Tabby. I also acknowledge that Kindermusik with Tabby may choose not to use my photo at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless from any claims Tabitha Worthington, or Kindermusik with Tabby.

(If you do not wish photographs of you or your child to be used for promotional materials, please send an email to kmtabby@gmail.com with the subject “No photos please” and the name(s) and classes you participate in)

Makeup Policy: Each private student is allowed 1 make-up lesson per trimester. This make-up lesson will only be honored when the instructor is given at least 24 hours prior notice of the absence. You are paying in advance to reserve your instructor’s time, and once that time has passed without notice of the need to reschedule, it cannot be made up. Group class students can make up in any other regularly scheduled class for their student’s age group, including Family Time. In case of instructor absence, a make-up lesson date will be provided, and if the student is unable to attend this make-up, a credit may be issued at the instructor’s discretion, but only in case of instructor absence.

If you have questions, please contact Tabby.

Free Trial Classes August 26, 27, and 28!

Fellowship Church at Clear Lake City
15503 Zabolio St., Webster, TX 77598
Free Demonstration Classes Aug 26, 27, & 28, semester begins September 2
Registration link is : https://secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn2470/register.aspx
Classes for 0-5 years $65/mo with $25 reg fee per family
Sibling discount of $15 off tuition each child for multiple enrollments. (ie $30 off for 2 kids, $45 off for 3, etc)
Siblings under 6 months attending same class are FREE.

Wiggle & Grow 2-3 years Monday 9:30 am
SIng & Play 1-2 years Monday 10:30 am
Cuddle & Bounce 0-1 years Tuesday 9:30 am
Wiggle & Grow 2-3 years Tuesday 10:30 am
Laugh & Learn 3-5 years Tuesday 2:30 pm
Wiggle & Grow Family 0-5 years Tuesday 6:30 pm
Wiggle & Grow Family 0-5 years Wednesday 9:30 am
Wiggle & Grow 2-3 years Wednesday 10:30 am
Laugh & Learn 3-5 years Wednesday 2:30 pm

Young Child Semester 3 Kindergarten-2nd grade Tuesday 4:00 pm $65/mo with $45 reg fee per student

HIS Kids Preschool & MDO, Heritage Park Baptist Church
2732 FM 528, Webster TX 77598
Classes for children enrolled at His Kids Preschool start September 12 and run through May
Laugh & Learn Thursday 1:30 pm $45/mo with $5 reg fee
His Kids Teacher Discount $20/mo w/no reg fee

Ask about discounts for low-income and military families!

Fall 2013 Registration!

I am offering my fall studio classes at Fellowship Church at Clear Lake City blvd (see locations for details) and have completed a schedule of classes.  My merchant processing is not live yet, but you can still login and register for classes at this time.  I just am unable to process them online until the processing setup is complete.  Simply click the “Register” link above to sign up.

Piano Lessons

Private Lessons are offered at FCCLC, at 15503 Zabolio Rd, Webster TX 77598. Private lessons are $100/mo with a $35 one-time registration fee to pay for your first set of books.  Please call or text 713-306-4023 to schedule a free trial lesson.

Private piano and ukulele lessons are offered in 30-minute increments.  Each student progresses at their own pace, and I tailor the lesson to the needs of each individual student.  I prefer to teach piano using the Faber “Piano Adventures” method, but I am familiar with most of the current piano methods.  I do not accept piano students earlier than 1st grade or 6 years of age.  Simply put, children younger than that have very small hands, and typically progress so slowly that by the time they are 8 they are at the same point in their studies as they would have been if they had started lessons at 6.  If you have a child younger than 6, please sign up for Kindermusik, as it is developmentally appropriate music for their age.

I am a member of the Galveston Musical Club, Texas Federation of Music Clubs and National Federation of Music Clubs.  Through my membership, my students are eligible to participate in the Federation Junior Gold Cup festival in early spring each year.  Students earn cumulative points for each performance, and receive trophies at key score points.  Students earning a superior rating are eligible to compete in the All State Music Festival in San Marcos, Texas, in May.  Students may elect to take a theory exam in addition to performing at the Gold Cup festival, but not at the state level.

 

 

 

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Kindermusik Infants & Babies: newborns, 1s and 2s

Kindermusik Class: Cuddle & Bounce (newborns and 1s) or Sing & Play (1s and 2s) is offered at FCCLC.

Kindermusik offers a unique learning experience for parents and their young babies. Whether your baby is six weeks, six months, or a whole year old, he or she will love spending together time with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver in a Kindermusik baby class.

Music is one of your baby’s favorite things – and it’s one of the best things for your baby’s developing mind. Babies’ brains are filled with literally billions of neurons—all just waiting to be connected through sensory stimulation. And that’s exactly what a Kindermusik class offers: a sensory rich environment, complete with music, movement, and calm, baby-style fun that is sure to create and strengthen baby’s neural pathways. Each Kindermusik class touches on a multitude of learning domains, creates special bonding moments, and lays the groundwork for a lifelong love of music.

What you’ll experience in Kindermusik Baby Music Classes

  •  Nurturing Baby’s Growth and Development  – Young babies are responsive and receptive learners. With you there to nurture and engage your child, a Kindermusik baby music class gives your little one the perfect musical and developmental head start.
  • Language and Vocal Development – You’ll hear lots of sweet gurgles and coos before your baby says her first words, and Kindermusik activities nurture your baby’s emerging language skills. He or she will learn to imitate sounds, experience give-and-take conversations, and add to his communicative abilities through sign language.
  • Brain Development – Your baby is learning through moving—and being moved—through space. With every movement, baby’s brain synapses, the connections between neurons, are being created and strengthened. Growing minds present a big window of learning opportunity—and shaking an instrument, feeling a steady beat, looking into a mirror during tummy time, discovering new sounds, and zooming around the room in your arms all contribute to the strengthening of neural connections.
  • Large Muscle Skills –One thing will naturally lead to the next as you expand your baby’s movement repertoire through music activities that support stretching, kicking, rolling, and crawling, as well as sitting and standing independently.
  • Small Muscle Skills – From discovering her hands to learning what her hands can do, your baby will thrive on playful activities that give her practice in visually following objects, reaching for and grasping an object, releasing an object, and transferring and object from hand-to-hand.
  • Social-Emotional Development –Through lots of cuddling, playing, humming, and dancing, Kindermusik activities help you build and strengthen your new relationship with your baby. Side-by-side play, and group dance activities with other parents and babies in class, provide the important benefits of safe and loving early interactions with the wider social world.
  • Musical Development – You’ll bounce your baby to a steady beat. Maybe she’ll do a fledgling “bouncy dance” on her own. Together you’ll explore simple, baby-safe percussion instruments. Throughout hundreds of different Kindermusik music-and-movement activities, you’ll be giving your baby an early introduction to the songs, sounds, rhythms, and tempos of music from around the world.

Kindermusik Our Time – Toddlers 1 1/2 to 3 years

Kindermusik Class:  Wiggle & Grow is offered at FCCLC.
For 2 and 3 year olds
Kindermusik Class - Music Classes for Toddlers - Wiggle & Grow

This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and their new friends and you’ll love helping them practice a wide variety of abilities and skills.


Class length:

45 minutes

What you’ll experience:

  • Instrument Play. Appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments, encourages creativity
  • Movement Activities. Get-up-and move with group dances and fun musical activities
  • School Readiness Skills. Activities that promote language and listening skills, taking-turns, motor skills and social skills
  • Parent Involvement. Participate in class and take the learning home with tips from Kindermusik educators on using music to help teach