FAQ’s about Digital Home Materials

Let’s face it. Change is hard. We know you have questions about the new monthly themes and digital home materials, so we created this Q&A forum just for that purpose. Let’s talk!

1. What do the Digital Home Materials include?
2. How much screen time is involved?
3. Are all Kindermusik studios switching to Digital Home Materials?
4. How can there be enough repetition with themes changing every 4 lessons?
5. How do I know which of the new programs is the right one for my child?

1. What do the Digital Home Materials include?

Each set of digital home materials includes an abundance of unit-specific, age-appropriate activities – all tied to the class content. The digital home materials are built specifically to make it fun and easy for a parent to connect class-time to home-time, and to enrich both experiences. Everything a parent needs is all in one easy-to-access spot!

  • All of the songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class are easy to download and add to your music collection.
  • Every unit’s literature book is included in e-book format, with pages you can turn yourself, and a page-by-page audio read-aloud that you can turn on or off. The ebook can be downloaded and printed if you prefer!
  • Activity buttons take you to a variety of different activity types, including dance and movement instructions, fingerplay demonstrations and instructions, together-in-the-kitchen activities, music time, listening games, vocal play activities, video field trips, find-it/count-it style activities, ideas for pretend play, and more.
  • The Why It’s Good for Your Child area fills automatically with information about why any specific activity or activity type is useful, important, or developmentally significant. Addressing the parent directly with up-to-date, research-supported, clear and friendly information, there’s a “why it’s good” feature for every single activity.
  • In addition to the music downloads and e-book, the Download Center also includes Printable Activity Pages and, for the first time, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs in the unit.

2. How much screen time is involved?

All units contain only a small percentage of content that occurs primarily on the screen. (This percentage rises slightly as the age level climbs.) In most cases, there is an off-screen alternative for those activities. For example: While a video field trip (typically less than 2 minutes long) can’t be experienced by a child whose parents limit screen exposure altogether, an online matching game, find-it page, fingerplay, recipe, craft, game, dance, or pretend play activity would be equally viable and enjoyable by a parent/child together at–or away from–the computer. We are truly respectful of all parents’ choices about screen time, and hope to provide materials that are robust and flexible enough to delight our diversity of Kindermusik families. For those who prefer materials in hand, you will be pleased to know that physical CDs, books, and instruments will be available for optional purchase at a very reasonable price.

Here’s a free sample for you to try right now. Warning: this is way more fun with a child next to you!

DHM screenshot

3. Are all Kindermusik studios switching to Digital Home Materials?

Eventually, yes. Kindermusik of Cambridge/KW believes in the validity and importance of the changes that are being made, and we have chosen to be proactive in this regard. It is in the best interest of our families to do everything in our power to keep our program competitive, progressive and viable. We are excited about having fresh, new curricula to teach and a state-of-the-art method of bringing the class experience into your home. On a practical matter, shipping fees have tripled in the past year and the variations in international safety standards have caused numerous recalls on physical materials in the past several years. From a fiscal point of view, going digital resolves both these issues.

4. How can there be enough repetition with themes changing every 4 lessons?

Anyone who’s been a regular participant in our classes will know that repetition is not only a cornerstone of children’s learning, it’s also a cornerstone of our whole philosophy. And that will not change with our new themes and digital home materials. Have you ever noticed that every week our original curricula follow a pattern of lesson components/types of activities, such as a Hello Song, a lap bounce (Our Time), intentional touch (Village), focused listening, a play-along, storytime, a circle dance, etc? Our new themes also use those same components. In addition, our original programs introduced new themes and activities on a cycle of every 2 weeks for Village, every 4-6 weeks for Our Time and every 4 weeks for Imagine That. Our new programs will repeat the same activities, expanded with variations each week on a regular 4-week cycle. However, the lesson components (types of activities) will always remain consistent, thereby providing your child with just the right amount of familiarity to keep the repetition they need, fresh and engaging. You will also be pleased to know that many of your old favourite songs and activities will be present in the new programs–just reorganized and refreshed!

5. It seems like there are so many choices for the Fall. How do I know which of the new programs is the right one for my child?

While it may seem like there are a lot more programs, all we’ve really done is to split up the babies and toddlers into more appropriate groupings based on stages of development. The other age groups are the same as before, just with new names. Here’s a handy chart that will help you see this clearly. Three simple steps to follow are these:

  1. CALCULATE YOUR CHILD’S AGE AS OF SEPT 7th, 2013. Notice the flexibility of the new age groupings.
  2. CONSIDER YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR CHILD. For instance, learning to walk, language development, musical development, bonding together, building independence, socialization, etc.
  3. CHOOSE THE DAY/TIME THAT’S MOST CONVENIENT. This may be the most practical factor in your decision. If you have more than one child, look for concurrent classes or choose the Family program.

What other questions do you have? Let’s keep the conversation going!

Still not sure and want to give it a test-drive before signing up for the fall? Join us for a 4-week Summer Session in June or July!

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