“At Kindermusik, our passions are children and music. So we put the two together to create a music and movement program for young children. Our mission is to reach every child through music.”

I first learned about Kindermusik from my boss, who enrolled her then two-year old daughter to the program and sang praises about it. Her once timid girl blossomed into a confident young toddler. I knew then that I wanted to also bring Sofie to Kindermusik. As an only child, these play schools are supposed to teach basic socialization, but I knew that Kindermusik can develop so much more for Sofie. She was already turning two, and I wanted to expose her to more learning and creative environments suited for her age.

We searched their website and found Saturday morning schedules to be ideal, so we can also join her during classes. After going to potential venues, we finally found a fit at Kindermusik at CTEC Greenhills with Teacher Dang. Her class would be Wiggle and Grow, for toddlers her age.

The first day was surprising for all of us. Sofie was overwhelmed by the new environment and kept her eyes closed the whole time! There were tears and tantrums, but Teacher Dang assured us that this is normal behavior, and we should acknowledge Sofie’s feelings and let her adjust to her new surroundings. We kept our faith and crossed our fingers that the next days would be better.

True enough, Sofie did do so much better in the next classes. Little by little, she began to recite familiar animals and animal sounds during story book time, played with rhythm sticks, and even did cooperative play with classmates. She especially loves parachute play, lining up blocks and sticks, story time, and “massage” time with mommy. She has learned to pack away toys and wait for her turn. At home, Sofie and I would read books from Kindermusik and look at videos from the website, and she would remember her modules from her classes. Her development was amazing, and we are thankful to Teacher Dang and Kindemusik for helping Sofie to develop all these, and enjoy bonding time as a family too. 

As we enroll Sofie in a new school, we would forever be grateful for the foundation given to her by Kindermusik. She now sings nursery rhymes all the time, dances to familiar songs during car rides, and has better appreciation of music. No more eyes closed! We have appreciated the opportunity given to us to learn together with Sofie, and she has learned to trust the support she can get from her parents. More importantly, she has gained the confidence to face new schools and new challenges in the world ahead. 

Rainy Day? Go Play!

“When Life gives you a rainy day, play in the puddles.” ~ Nikhil Saluja

‘Tis the season for rain, storms, and bed weathers. When the gloomy skies won’t allow you to go outside and play with puddles, here are some indoor playtime ideas for you and the lil toddler:

1. Take One? Action!

Take a video with your child and create your own movie. It can be a musical with your own song-and-dance routine, or a scene from your favorite movie. Or it can be an original comedy with your funny faces and favorite tricks. Let your child direct what happens in the next scene.

2. Artsy Fartsy

Get crazy with colors and washable paints. Bring out some papers, old magazines, safe scissors, and create your own masterpiece together. You can ask your child to draw their favorites, or create a new toy together. 

3. Obstacle Course

Channel your inner athlete and create a short obstacle course for your lil one. Get pillows and old boxes to make a unique track of mini-tunnels, fortress and walls. Cheer your toddler as he races to the finish line!

4. Once Upon a Time 

Get lost in all the Fairytales and read stories together. You can act out some characters and even mimic voices. You can even act out the story in a puppet show or a mini show, complete with makeshift costumes and props.

5. Masterchefs

Make pancakes, homemade pizza or bake cookies together. You can ask your little one for some helping hand to mix the dough or decorate the pastries with some ready ingredients at home. Enjoy your finished product together for some fun afternoon snacks.

6. Cuddle and play

Time for a ticklefest! Have some fun identifying body parts and discover which one is your funny bone. Then cuddle up with warm blankets for a nice afternoon nap.

The possibilities for playtime are endless! The important thing is to stir creativity and spend quality time with your toddler. Stay cool, keep dry, and have fun!