A Midterm Message
Child specialist Magda Gerber once remarked,
“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better.”
The world we live in is flooded by words that promise a “fast” track and “early achievement,” that our team stopped and thought about what we really wanted for our children.
Here are what the parents in our team and in Baumhaus have shared:
There are dozens of other Kindermusik providers in Hong Kong, but we are proud that the one in Baumhaus continues to evolve as we learn and develop, in order to deepen the experience and expand the knowledge we share with families.
While our activities are fun, they are also of developmental value. When the toddlers in class sang along and danced “Walk Along Rover” last January, it was about recognizing patterns and allowing the reinforcement of learning-through-movement. When our teachers sang “Morning at the Farm” in the Foundations class, it was to support the infant’s growing understanding of phonemic units (sounds that form language). While our Level 2 children are doing our “Knockity knock” exercise and doing instrument play on the “knock and door bell,” they are building foundational skills in auditory discrimination. Lastly, the Level 3 children have actually been learning music dynamics without having to sit still and run drills.
We believe that a good foundation for early education is when children learn in the way that reflects our understanding of their development, not about “fast-tracking” or making a “genius.” After all, the life long values of resilience, kindness, and joy for learning come when children feel comfortable in the way we communicate and collaborate with them.
((This sends the message that, “You can take your time to grow deeper and stronger, because your whole family truly believes in who you are… and who you will decide to be.”))
Do watch out for our Wanchai Annex Opening in April 2019. We’re growing deeper roots with our Family-Infant-Toddler programs, and extending branches with our new Performing Arts programs for our 3-8 year olds.
Our official programs and sign up will be released on March 22nd. Sign up to be part of our Mailing List and receive and stay tuned for more updates.