August 4, 2011
- Welcome to Macaroni BABY, a very special edition
- Rebecca Michi - Children's Sleep Specialist
- Jen Orbistondo Photography - Newborn Photos
- Impact Parenting - Preparing for a Sibling
- Picky Sticky - Milestone Onesie Stickers
- HAPPYFAMILY - Nutrition for Babies & GIVEAWAY
- Paint That Cute! - Personalized Nursery Decor
- It's A Preemie Thing - The Preemie Connection
- Issaquah Family Chiropractic
- Music & Babies - The Musik Nest
- Bringing Home Baby Retreat
- Caspar BABYpants - CD Giveaway
- Contest Winner Success Stories
- Featured Local Businesses
- This Week's Picks
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- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Local Parenting Groups
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word "baby"?
Diapers? Crying? Drool? Yeah, pretty much can't have a baby without those things.
I'm willing to bet that "music" didn't make your list. Well, it didn't make mine either until my youngest and I started taking classes with Miss Rebecca at The Musik Nest.
Come to find out that babies and music go together like ... "peas and carrots", milk and cookies, macaroni and cheese, ... you get the idea, right?!
There is a lot of very credible research to support this little claim of mine - that babies and music are a powerful combination. That babies respond to and learn from music. That babies actually benefit from exposure to music. I especially like this quote from the FAQ section of The Musik Nest website: "Listening to music helps to create and strengthen more neural connections in a baby’s brain because nerves that deal with the auditory system of the brain are being activated in order to hear and feel music with their entire body."
If you're interested in the science behind why babies and music get along so well, be sure to check out the Benefits of Music as explained on the Kindermusik website.
However, what I want to share is my personal experience with Miss Rebecca and The Musik Nest - located in Gilman Village right here in Issaquah.
First of all, the studio is light and airy. The decor is child-friendly but not too busy. There are so many different manipulatives - from rattles and bells to drums and balls - for the little ones to explore. You will spend most of the class time on the floor - at baby-level, so plan to dress comfortably.
The Village class includes elements of singing, dancing, cuddling, exploring, even instrument playing - my daughter's favorite. That's like looking at a list of what young minds need to learn and thrive. All of which is facillitated with a cheery enthusiasm and an obvious mastery of teaching skills. Miss Rebecca moves the class right along and incorporates several different activities without rushing - the pace is calm yet plenty stimulating! I also appreciate that Miss Rebecca takes the time to explain some of the research behind the learning taking place, which adds a bonus parent education component to every class!
Above all, I appreciate this chance to focus all of my love and attention on my second born. It has been such a joy to watch her interact with other babies, respond to the music and movement, try new things, and show excitement for learning.
I should also mention that The Musik Nest offers class for children from birth to age 7! Even if your "baby" isn't really a baby anymore, I encourage you to share this kind of experience with your child. Try a FREE class at The Musik Nest.
Now really is a great time to enroll in a class with The Musik Nest. Miss Rebecca has made a generous offer to all Macaroni Kid subscribers.
Mention that you heard about The Musik Nest from Macaroni Kid, and you'll receive a 25% discount on tuition for the Fall Session - classes start September 12th. (Offer valid for families new to The Musik Nest.)
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