The Best of Thrive Live 2018
Fewer Toys = Happier Kids this Christmas
In 2018 we launched our Facebook Live series “Thrive Live”. Every week we dive into exploring topics around early childhood development and how to make parenting easier.
These are topics that are truly important to us here at Thrive Arts Center and we infuse our expertise in these areas into all our classes. The series is proving to be incredibly popular amongst our social media following too, with over 9,000 views on Facebook.
10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate National Piano Month
Blog inspired by “It’s true! Giving your kids fewer toys at Christmas makes them happier” by Anne-Marie Gambelin
With the festive season upon us, I have heard many parents in the Thrive studios talking about Christmas gifts for their little ones. The trends, fads, must-haves and “hot” toys change every year but the pressure on parents remains the same.
After all, we just want our children to be happy and to see those eyes lights up with delight on Christmas day.
You will be relieved to know that buying your child more STUFF might not be the answer to a happier household.
The Thrive Difference
September is National Piano Month! With an entire month devoted to this early 18th century instrument, we’ve come up with a few new, kid-friendly ways to celebrate!
Frogs, Crows, Sheep and Language Development
Here at Thrive, we are driven by something greater than just music, art, and dance. Our values are interwoven into everything we do. But what exactly does that mean for you, your child and your family?
Using Music To Solve Babysitting Woes
“What does the cow say?”
“That is right! What does the sheep say?”
“You are right again! And how about the frog, what does the frog say?”
“Oh, no baby, the frog says ‘Ribbit, ribbit.’”
“KVA, KVAAA!” insisted my little one with a hint of offense in her voice. That was the debate I came to witness when picking up my toddler, Anna, from Nana’s house.
“Oh sweetie, both you and Nana are right,” I exclaimed as I rushed to the rescue.
How To Calm Your Child With Music
Recently, I agreed to babysit my friends’ toddler boy.
This was going to be easy breezy.
I’ve babysat my nephews and niece, I’ve babysat for my friends and for the friends of my friends, I’ve even babysat triplets, I am a pro babysitter and have seen it all.
My system is simple but effective.
Change the diaper: Check.
Feed him yogurt: Check.
Give him water: Check.
Clean the vomit: Check.
Why Music Gives Your Child Life-Long Benefits
If there is one maxim in motherhood, it is: There are no uneventful days! A new day brings forth a new challenge.
Today’s test had my toddler, Anna, turning naptime into hyperactivity time!
Parents familiar with the napless toddler will anticipate the looming disaster.
Wiggling and giggling on the bed, Anna’s cards were laid on the table revealing an endless “crankyorama” that was to come. Panicking, my mind scrambled for solutions.
How Music Helps Your Child With Speech
It takes time and repetition for all the learning to be absorbed and processed in your child's rapidly growing brain.
You see, Kindermusik is not about instant gratification.
In this day and age of ubiquitous immediate rewards, that may be difficult for some parents to swallow.
But you can't just press a button and have immediate delivery of the life-long benefits that Kindermusik provides. It takes a little time and patience to tease out the magic.
Despite my enthusiasm, I can't sing loudly enough about the life-long benefits from Kindermusik classes. Luckily neuroscientists agree...
Creating a Special Bond Through Mommy and Me Music Classes
Communicating with a child who has a speech delay can be challenging, especially when she needs something but can’t verbalize it.
Did you know that incorporating music into regular interactions might help?
Many researchers believe that music activates the entire brain, connecting the right and left hemispheres.
A study conducted in 2010 found that children who received music therapy showed an improved understanding of speech, cognitive structures, and even level of intelligence.
How Music Makes Parenting Easier - Music Classes Help Moms and Dads, Too!
As a mom, you are the first person your child bonds with.
You are also a teacher, role model, and protector.
You want the best for your little one, and strive to create a safe and loving environment that will stimulate learning and independence.
What if there was a place to help you do just that? A place where you'll meet new friends, learn about your child's developmental stages, and be encouraged to learn right along side your child as you create memories together.
Kindermusik Classes and the "Slow Parenting Movement"
We often talk about how wonderful music is for our little ones. It helps them develop early literacy skills, enhances their imaginations, and it's just plain fun. But we don't always talk about how music makes parenting easier.
Here are three reasons that Kindermusik is good for moms (and dads), too:
Music add fun to everyday chores. Parents and kids together can sing a special "clean-up" song that makes putting toys away into a fun activity. Or, while you're brushing your kid's teeth, try singing this song to the tune of "Row your boat." Make up silly additional verses as you brush along!
Music and Movement Classes Help Your Child with Reading and Learning
Your car is packed with kids of all sizes.
You've got the birthday presents, ballet shoes, soccer jerseys and hockey sticks in the trunk, and for a moment you can't even remember which of these kids activities you're headed to first!
If many days you find yourself a frazzled parent, spread too thin, your children might not be benefiting from your efforts as much as you think.
How Music Helps Your Memory
A generation of Americans grew up learning the preamble to the Constitution, the times tables, and the difference between adjectives and adverbs, by singing along to Schoolhouse Rock.
It wasn't just that the cartoons were cute or that the tunes were catchy.
Smoothing Transitions: How Music Makes Parenting Easier
Music is a powerful part of everyday life. It is enjoyable to listen to and also provides a sense of calm when a person enjoys it.
However, there are also great health benefits to music as well. According to PBS, music stimulates the brain and it has been shown that it can help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
3 Ways Kindermusik Equals Early Literacy Development for Your Child
In parenting, one of the greatest daily challenges comes from the need to transition.
Simple transitions for adults, such as getting from one's living room to the car, can become an enormous and dramatic scene when kids and car-seats are involved, ending with the parent feeling drained and the child upset.
By putting the transition to a soundtrack, the rough edges and heartbreaking cries of our most treasured little angels can be alleviated, sometimes as quickly as the time it takes to sing a few notes of a song, or the opening phrase of a chant.
Why Scaffolding is Important in Early Childhood Learning
Did you know... There are numerous studies linking music instruction to higher literacy development in children?
A study by Butzlaff involving more than 500,000 students found a "strong and reliable association" between music instruction and scores on tests of reading comprehension.
Kindermusik recognizes this correlation, and we work hard to create an environment where young children are exposed to numerous language and literacy-rich musical activities.
Help Your Child With Self Control
Scaffolding - an engaging way to help your baby, toddler andpreschooler learn
What is scaffolding?
The term scaffolding brings to mind the image of "a temporary or movable platform or a supporting framework"
Keep a Beat To Help Your Child Develop and Thrive
When I tell parents in class that we are going to work on inhibitory control, which helps their child learn to control their bodies, they smile, nod their heads, and some say, “boy does my kiddo need help with this!"
Silence In The Music
Children are all born with a predisposition to be mesmerized by steady beat.
In the womb they are constantly exposed to the even cadence of their mother’s heartbeat. It’s no wonder few things are more comforting for little ones than snuggling up to mother’s chest to be lulled by that rhythm again.
In Kindermusik we understand the multi-faceted benefits of steady beat exploration.
I am always amazed that during Quiet Time, we can actually get two year olds to stop what they are doing and lie quietly for 2-3 minutes.
It’s a learning process, for sure, but after a couple of weeks, you can usually hear nothing but the music in a room which, just minutes before, was full of the whirling-dervish, all-out-energy of 2-3 year olds.