Friday, August 22, 2008

Kindermusik



Earlier this week, Evie and I attended a Kindermusik class that was held as a benefit for the St. Louis Symphony. Since my daughter is quite the music lover, we had a blast!

When we arrived, there was a table full of musical instruments. We played with triangles, various percussion instruments, and shakers of all sorts. Then the real fun began!

We sang a cute welcome song, and Evie demonstrated her dancing to the class. We sang Wheels on the Bus, and I learned a few verses I didn't know before. The class made a "train" around the room, and danced to the song. Evie loved it. Every once in awhile, she got the cutest look on her face.

The instructors got out these little eggs that made a shooshing noise when you shook them. We performed the I Can Wiggle finger play, shaking our eggs, and freezing them at the appropriate part. It took a few rounds, but Evie completely understood what we were doing, and followed along.

We also played with scarves, as you can see in the pictures above. We used them to learn about opposites - waving them slowly to the music, and then quickly, waving them low and then high. Evie also got a kick out of just putting the scarf over her face and playing peek-a-boo!

All too soon, the class was over. It was a great morning of movement and music. I hope it contributes to a life-long love of music for Evie!

I Can Wiggle
I can wiggle my fingers. (Wiggle fingers)
I can wiggle my toes. (Wiggle toes)
I can wiggle my shoulders. (Wiggles shoulders)
I can wiggle my nose. (Wiggle nose)

I can stop my wiggles,
1 -- 2 -- 3 -- (Whisper)
And be as still as still can be. (Freeze)

You can also substitute other body parts like head, cheeks, elbows, or knees.

5 comments:

Fiona said...

I'm new to your blog, and I'm really enjoying it. My son is 4 months old, so all of Evie's activities and opinions are in our future.

I guess I'm commenting mostly to say thanks - it's nice to get a sense of development in terms of personality, concepts, etc. Babies are such a funny mix of fast and slow - sometimes I feel like it's impossible to know what they can or can't do.

Anyway- your daughter is adorable and the blog's great. Thanks!

Fiona

Kelsey said...

What fun!! Dennis loves kindermusik!

bluedog said...

I'm so sorry I missed such a wonderful event. :( But when Avery gets older I plan to take her to similar activities and I pray she enjoys them as much as Evie did.

casual friday everyday said...

How much fun. I know my son would love that!

Momma said...

how fun! we are trying a trial class this Friday so now after reading this I am really excited about it! I really had no idea what to expect. thanks!