Light at the End of the Parenting Tunnel

You’ve heard me gush about my new baby nephew, but allow me to gush a bit about my older niece and nephew who stayed with us for a week in July. I absolutely adore them and I want to encourage You, Parents “in the thick of it”, that there really is a light at the end of the parenting tunnel.… Continue reading →


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Class Notes: Summer Part 2

Village (0-18 months): Busy Days Set your baby’s day to classical music. Each lesson features new activities and songs you can sing for all the places you go together–the store, the playground, the doctor, and more.    Our Time (1.5-3.5 years): Zoo Train Hop aboard the Allee-Allee O! Music, instruments, and stories will take us to polar bears, kangaroos, elephants, monkeys,… Continue reading →

An Educator’s Best Trick for Good Manners For Children

Tricks For Teaching Manners DISCLAIMER: Not everything that works for teachers works for parents, sorry. I recently read a post where a parent of a teen lamented that her children’s friends didn’t say please, thank you, or the like. She was at a loss on how to address it so if you, too, are perplexed,… Continue reading →


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4 Magic Words

4 Magic Words (Redefined for Toddlers) Let’s move beyond please and thank you and get practical. Here are the Magic Words for adults when speaking with toddlers. Can I get you started? This is a non-threatening way to offer help. Toddlers by definition, bristle at “Let me help you,” so just skip that power-play. This… Continue reading →


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Coffee and Wine: The Secret to Surviving Sleep Training (and other parenting challenges!)

Guest Post from Galit Birk, PhD, Kindermusik mom since 2009   I am finding that parenting my second child is often more challenging than parenting my first. Makes sense, right? Now I have two as opposed to one to get ready in the morning, to make meals for, to clean up after, to spread my attention… Continue reading →

Nursery Rhymes to Readers

How can Kindermusik teach my child to read? Simple answer: Nursery rhymes + rhyming songs + finger plays now = readers later. Long answer (for those who like research and detail): “…There is a strong relation between early knowledge of nursery rhymes and success in reading and spelling over the next three years…Knowledge of nursery rhymes… Continue reading →

Speech and Language in Kindermusik

What’s happening with your child’s early speech and language? Kindermusik is the place to hear your child sing and speak more and more! Here are some of our favorite Foundations of Learning® about speech and language: Language skills may be increased through exploration of familiar word patterns with a tune. During Vocal Play, the child experiences rhythm,… Continue reading →

The Open-Ended Toy (guest post)

Why do all babies prefer the boxes, paper and ribbons over the expensive, flashy toys at their first birthday party? Why do all toddlers love to play in the kitchen drawer where you keep the leftovers storage containers? How long have building blocks of some kind been a staple in households where young children play?… Continue reading →

I can do it!

Do you have an emerging leader? A world changer? A child on a mission? Then you probably have a toddler. And you probably have a serious case of exhaustion! It’s a tireless task to parent a strong-willed child and although they loudly declare, “I CAN DO IT,” it doesn’t always mean that they can or… Continue reading →


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