We Loved It!!

We attended our first Music Together class. Here’s a tidbit about MT:

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.

The song book we received adds that musical competence in children is developed by experiencing music rather than learning concepts or information about music. This class is taught locally by Music for Families.

So there were ten kids and their mothers, and Claire was the youngest. The leader sang songs and did finger plays, and distributed instruments (sticks, castanets, tambourines) for the children to use. We also danced. It was fun and organized. The teacher was mindful of time and started right away. We also purchased additional materials — CDs to use at home or in the car and a song book. Claire loved every minute. We sat on the floor. She sat on my lap mostly as I rocked her or did hand movements. She was completely engaged the entire time, and immediately fell deeply asleep once in the car.

I’m looking forward to the ten weeks of this.

We also took another adventure later in the day to Whole Foods Market in Cupertino. It’s new and huge (reminds me of the one in Austin on 6th Street). She was fascinated with the sights, sounds, and smells. I felt such joy being out with her. She looks around, then looks at me and smiles. Yesterday we went to a nearby mall and into a fabric store. There were feather boas there, and I dangled some across her head and face. That got a happy response.

I love my Petite Eclair. She’s my yummy little buddy, so sweet and kissable.

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3 Comments on “We Loved It!!”

  1. Karen Says:

    We are proud graduates of the MT program.
    “Who says she’ll always come back?
    Your mommy does that’s who
    Whoever takes care of you comes back
    Because they do love you.”

    Tears well.

  2. gerry rosser Says:

    I’ve started teaching guitar to my 5 1/2 year old granddaughter. Slow and easy. We got her a child-size guitar for the midwinter holiday.

    I’m putting no pressure on her at all. I tuned the guitar to open G so she can strum a real chord without fretting any strings. We’ll see how it goes.

    Pix are cute.

  3. Julia Says:

    Sigh, I wish my 19 year old were that age again
    But then, every age brings it’s joys…