This week, I said a relieved “good-bye” to one of the hottest summers on record and an eager “Hel-LO!” to my favorite time of year – the Fall. Thankfully, the changing of the seasons brings some relief from the heat and humidity of the summer here in Georgia. As the weather continues to cool down and the need for air conditioning decreases, many people begin to plan and prepare for the colder months by checking out and servicing the furnaces and heatpumps, changing the air filters, and generally making things shipshape for the days and weeks ahead. This same preparation also reminds me of other things that need to be addressed in our Kindermusik classes in order to prepare and plan ahead to make this our best semester ever.
Sick Child Policy
Your child has been feeling kind of “punk” the past few days, and you wonder, “Should I take him (or her) to Kindermusik this week ?”
Please follow these guidelines and, if your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home:
Fever within the last 24 hours
Runny nose with yellow or green mucus
Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
Rash or spots on skin, ringworm infection
Significant tiredness, irritability, crying
Uncontrolled coughing; Difficulty breathing, wheezing
Please be considerate of other children when deciding whether or not your child is healthy enough to attend class. Ask yourself this important question…if your child is healthy, would you want him/her playing with another child that has your child’s symptoms?
If the answer is no, please do not bring him/her to class. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please be advised that in the interest of safety for all children and adults present, we will ask you to leave and make-up the class at a better time.
Because certain aggressive behaviors create apprehension for children and consequently ruin the class experience, these behaviors will not be tolerated. Aggressive behavior toward other children or adults will be grounds for dismissal and/or expulsion from class.
Aggressive behaviors include, but are not limited to: throwing objects at others, biting, hitting, kicking, tackling, and scratching. Also included are behaviors that cause damage to the classrooms of Masterworks Studio, Columbia Presbyterian Church, or Avondale First Baptist Church. The following actions will be taken if these behaviors occur:
To provide the very best Kindermusik experience for your child and everyone else in class, please follow the following guidelines:
· Provide snacks for your child at home. Please do not bring food or drinks to class.
· Please leave toys, pacifiers, snacks, sippy cups, etc. at home or in the car. Your child will need to have his hands and voice free to participate.
· Please arrive on time. All children need a few minutes to settle into a new environment, so feel free to come 5 minutes early to facilitate a comfortable learning environment. There are always books, puppets, or instruments available at this time.
· Listen to your Kindermusik CD frequently. It will help a child feel a sense of familiarity. This will make the class more enjoyable for them. Unfortunately, you will get tired of it long before they do. 😀
· Please set your cell phone to silent or vibrate. We understand that sometimes emergencies arise and you need to take a call. In that case, please step out of the room so that your speaking does not distract the children.
· Allergy Information: Please be aware that some children are extremely sensitive to certain foods and therefore, we ask you please do not bring food or drink into the classroom. If you have food or a cup in your bag, please be sure it is somewhere where no child could accidentally eat or drink it. Also, please avoid wearing heavy perfumes.
Kindermusik is a special time for you and your child. We encourage you to use the class time to fully enjoy and participate in the activities with your child.
· Toddlers learn by discovery and imitation. So no matter what your voice sounds like or how silly you feel, you are the child’s best teacher and they do what you model for them.
· Kindermusik is a shared family experience. Unlike a playgroup, Kindermusik is not a time for visiting. Focusing on the activity will help the class move along smoothly, whereas visiting distracts all the children and parents, ultimately leading to a chaotic environment. You are always welcome to come early or stay late to visit.
· Encourage your child by describing what she did and showing your delight. Using phrases such as “You rang the bells” or “You tapped your sticks very fast”, rather than “Good job” will foster intrinsic motivation in your child and enhance her self esteem.
· Allow your child his or her own response. Your child’s response may be to retreat to a corner or wander around the room. Even if your child’s response is inward or different, it is still that child’s way of learning. It is difficult for parents to watch their child sit motionless or do something completely different than the rest of the class. Our philosophy asks for acceptance and respect of your child’s response. We trust the child to interact within the environment when the child is ready. Please refrain from manipulating your child’s response. It is appropriate to encourage and model.
Remember that Kindermusik is process oriented, not performance based.
It is perfectly normal for children to run, tumble, scream, cry, and protest. And all children will do these things. Please keep in mind, however, that some behaviors, although very natural for a child, may be disruptive during an inside activity.
[For parent of 3-5 year olds: Additionally, your child may react differently when you enter the room. This is a typical 3-5 year old reaction. They may have been fully participating until you enter, then shut down completely. Or they may have been perfectly behaved, and then suddenly act-out when you enter.]
· If your child becomes upset or disruptive, please take her outside the room or just around the cabinet by the door, and set appropriate boundaries before returning. This helps the class move smoothly and keeps all the children focused.
· Running is not permitted for the safety of the children. Also, please stop any “contagious behaviors” that affect the class.
· All children have rough days. If your child is upset and unable to settle in, it is best to leave and try again another day. If your child is misbehaving, a stern warning followed by going home usually prevents the behavior’s recurrence. You are always welcome to make-up the class and try again on a better day.
· Please try to find time to enjoy the home activity book/journal, and read the story book(s) with your child. It will only enhance the in-class experience and increase the value of your Kindermusik investment.
Now we’ve checked out our class guidelines and policies, and made sure they’re still viable and functioning, and we’re off to a terrific fall semester!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!