PARENT ORIENTATION/CONTINUING EDUCATION:
All parents are required to attend a Parent Orientation and/or Continuing Education session once per semester...one hour long and offered about 2 weeks into the semester. These are adult only (pre-crawling infants, okay). Two or three options by day and time will be available.
Your class. Please try to be on time. Being present during the "greeting" song affirms your child as a person; you won't want to miss that opportunity. For security reasons, the lobby door will be locked when class begins. Just knock...we can see you at the door through the window!
Dress for “moving and dancing!” Dress in layers. This is a very active class! Be careful not to overdress the child. Always have a short sleeved light shirt as a bottom layer by default. Tights can be problematic as they are not as easy to remove as socks. The wood laminate flooring can be very slippery and often bare foot is the best option for the child.
Food, toys, or other "distractions" often cause problems rather than provide comfort when brought into music class. Since another child might want your child’s drink or stuffed animal, it is often easier to leave those things at home or in the car.
Pacifiers are discouraged. We welcome all vocal responses. If the child needs comfort, you can cuddle, stand (some children show this preference - to have their adult stand!) and/or if the child is very upset, you can leave the room to the lobby or outdoors until they calm...sometimes that does the trick. No explanation needed...your teacher and the other parents all understand....we've all been there!
In cases of inclement weather or other emergency situations, please look for email or text from your teacher.
Understand that all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Some children will be quiet in class; others will be active. Some children will do everything perfectly at home but not in class. As a parent, you know that every child is unique, so check your comparisons at the door and let the music work its magic! You, as the adult, are expected to participate fully...unless the child needs you.