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Kindermusik helps tune up children's potential

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Kindermusik instructor Amy Chen is excited to begin Kindermusik in Farmville.

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By DONNA MARIE WILLIAMS
The Farmville Enterprise

Monday, September 10, 2018

FARMVILLE — Families from Farmville and the surrounding areas will now have the opportunity to attend Kindermusik classes thanks to Amy Chen.

This will be the fifth year Chen has offered Kindermusik classes, but the first time in Farmville.

“Kindermusik is a developmental program to help children and families reach their full potential,” Chen said. “It utilizes music, creative play and dancing to help children grow.”

Chen offers two age-appropriate classes — “Little People” for ages birth to 18 months, and “Big People” class for ages 18 months to 36 months.

Along with her master’s in education, experience in the classroom and theater background, Chen uses a curriculum provided by Kindermusik International.

For the Little People class Chen will offer the Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow curriculums. Chen has chosen two curriculums for this class since a typical curriculum for this age group is only offered for half a semester. By combining the two curriculums, Chen is offering the program for the entire semester.

Families in this class will receive a set of two shape shakers, a baby bell, two books, two CDs and two-parent manipulatives.

The Big People class will feature the curriculum Milk & Cookies. Families will receive a stir/octoblock xylophone, two CDs, two books and an activity book.

Everything that is needed is covered with the cost of tuition, Chen said.

“That is one thing that sets us apart from other Kindermusik classes,” she said. “Most other programs, the kits are not available. They have to do digital downloads or pay extra for the materials.”

The 45-minute classes will be held each Wednesday beginning on Sept. 12 at Farmville Methodist Church. “Little People” will meet at 9:30 a.m. and “Big People” will meet at 10:30 a.m.

“They are graciously hosting our program,” Chen said. “I spoke with Pastor Steve Dunn and met with the board. They also have a desire of serving families so we’re excited to work together.”

Chen’s passion for Kindermusik began after seeing how her oldest son responded to the program.

“Before I was a licensed instructor, I was a parent in the class, and I got to see how much Kindermusik helped my oldes,” she said. “He was able to recognize rhythms. It helped his speech acquisition. It also helped prepare him for school because he had only been home with me. This gave him a transition where mom was nearby, but there was another authority figure in the room. He loved being there.”

Chen wanted to bring Kindermusik to Farmville to fill a gap.

“The library provides story time for little people, but there aren’t any more programs to help young families and I love Farmville,” Chen said, explaining she lived in Farmville for 21 years before moving to Greenville.

Through her many years as an instructor, Chen has seen many children blossom with Kindermusik.

“I’ve seen children who would not leave their mom’s lap, focusing, listening and taking everything in, but still not wanting to leave their safe place. By the end of the semester they were sitting in my lap for the songs. I’ve seen a child who would not talk to anyone go on and flourish in pre-school,” Chen said.

Kindermusik not only provides an educational opportunity for children, but also provides a support system for the people who bring the children.

“(My son) loved the music and the instruments and making friends,” Chen said. “I loved having the support from other moms and grandmas from being home with their little ones all day and now I get to provide that for other families. I’ve seen moms who felt overwhelmed and alone find that they were doing a great job with their kids.”

To register or for more information, email Chen at kindermusikwithmsamy@yahoo.com or visit withmsarmy.kindermusik.com.

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