In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month (super important – don’t forget your self-exams and regular mammograms!), it is also Family Health Month. This is a time to focus on the health and lifestyle of everyone in the family, even the smallest children. When the family can focus on health together, it becomes a great habit and not a source of contention and stress.
Sparkpeople, a health, fitness and weight loss site I use posted a calendar of thirty-one ways to be healthier as a family and work together this month. October Family Health Calendar Link (this is a .pdf so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.) I have printed one for our family and am posting it on the refrigerator.
In addition, many of the things we do in Kindermusik benefit not only the child’s health and well-being, but the the parent’s as well. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Quiet Time/Rocking Time – 2-5 minutes a day spent sitting quietly and breathing deeply with no distractions can help with relaxation, reduction in stress, and improve mental focus. All of our home CDs provide excellent “quiet time” music to give a definitive time limit to the rest.
2. Dancing – physical activity of any kind is great. In fact, it has been proven that children who are more physically active do much better in school (see article here ). Dancing together as a family gets everyone up and moving. Not only are your moving, but I bet you will be smiling, touching each other, and enjoying one another’s company which also will increase your positive emotional and mental health as well. When singing songs such as If You’re Happy and You Know It, Ha Ha This Away or Jing Jang, you are also working on your child’s language and cognitive abilities while labeling motions and body parts. Again, the home CDs provide ample and varied musical selections for dancing.
3. Reading Together – Watch this video for great information about the importance of reading. The principles discussed are absolutely in line with what we know at Kindermusik as well. The books included with our home materials are colorful, repetitious and engaging which will attract the interest of the child over and over again.
There are so many other benefits to what we do. The great news is – it is not too late to enroll this semester and take advantage of the health benefits of Kindermusik. Why not sign up now? Mention this blog post and that you want to use Kindermusik as part of your commitment to Family Health and receive a free gift in addition to your home materials.
As always, if you are unsure – come to a free preview class first. Just comment on this blog post or email Miss Christa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740 854 4011.