Moving Up From Village to Our Time
Generally, a child should be at the minimum age when enrolling in a class, as Kindermusik curriculum is age-appropriate.
Below are some guidelines to help you in transitioning between one class level and the next. Please keep in mind that children will demonstrate many, but NOT all of these abilities before moving on to the next class level. Also, our teachers are experts in child development, and will be glad to help you with your decision.
Moving Up from Village to Our Time
- Improved walking skills, feet are together, knees flexible (vs. the “just walker” who has a wide-based, legs apart gate with locked knees)
- Beginning to imitate or explore a variety of traveling movements-run, jump, tiptoe, etc.
- Reliably points to correctly identified body parts
- Beginning to understand color and number concepts
- Will generally cooperate and follow verbal directions of two steps
- Has moved from sensory learning (touching, mouthing . . .) to more imaginative play
- Shows interest in concept pairs- high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet, stop/start
- Uses gestures and language to deal with frustration (as opposed to just crying or whining)
- Sustains interest and attention in activity for several minutes (Note: not wanting to give something up, such as bells or sticks, can be a sign of maturation)
- Beginning to understand and participate in “sitting” activities: finger plays, lap bounces, singing
- Can express wants and needs symbolically (gestures, words)
- May have vocabulary of 20 words; receptive language is still stronger than expressive
- Interested in what other children are doing, and may attempt to imitate
- Moves to music, perhaps to their own steady beat