Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gymboree and Kindermusik

Last Sunday (24 May) we went to try out Gymboree. We took a trial of their Play & Learn class (Level 1). There were lots of action songs and exercises to stimulate the senses and increase awareness of oneself and the surrounding environment. It was quite nice, very sweet and soothing. However, Ryan seemed a little bored. I think it is because I do similar exercises with him at home so he has already advanced past this level. I asked the instructor and she said that it could be that he is just distracted by his new surroundings. I don't really agree, but I'm willing to try out her theory by bringing Ryan in for another session.

We also signed up for a trial at Kindermusik, which we attended today. At just over four months, Ryan was the youngest in the class. I think he is probably too young to fully benefit from all the activities they did, especially "playing" the instruments. Also, as I often sing to Ryan, I feel that there is not a lot of additional value that the class can add at this stage. Still, it was enjoyable and I did pick up a few new songs. Perhaps we will try it again when Ryan is older. For now, he’s got "Mummymusik".

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