MUSIC APPRECIATION AND VALUES EDUCATION PROGRAM
Music – Mindset – Relaxation – Values
For newborns – 5 years
What we do! There is nothing quite like the Kids in Harmony program.
The Kids in Harmony concept is one of a kind! Using a combination of music, mindset, relaxation and values education we aim to nurture the whole family. At Kids in Harmony, we believe that being a parent or caregiver is the most meaningful and important job any of us will undertake in life and in our program the parent and carer play a significant and special part in the learning process as they encourage, support and guide their child.
Throughout a 45-minute class, the facilitator engages the attention and excitement of the children and their caregivers by delivering an innovative program of music appreciation and values education. The core structure of values awareness, music, mindset and relaxation pave the way for a unique learning experience.
A combination of original Kids in Harmony songs and activities and beautiful traditional songs are used to enhance children’s natural love of music and rhythm. All classes are age-specific and kept to a size that ensures the engagement of group dynamics and a personal experience for families.
Our programs aim to nurture a child’s genuine self-esteem through; self efficacy, self respect and self acceptance. Supporting children to create a culture of care and connection within themselves, others and the planet.
Music – Music to movement with a difference.
Music is a powerful pathway to learning!
We use this pathway in all areas of our program. Music soothes the soul. It allows us to feel emotions and find our inner beat and rhythm. Music to movement can help children to practice; following directions, focus and attention, regulating their emotions, body brain connections, balance and coordination, build imagination, and instrumental play as they exploring musical instruments from all over the world. The music box is a highlight in our Kids in Harmony program, where the children get to experience the joy of opening the box, and the opportunity to play many types of musical instruments both modern day and traditional untuned percussion instruments. Learning music at an early age gives children an appreciation for the joy and connection music brings as well as a passion for learning, and being active. We lay the foundations for music in a caring, connecting and creative environment. Our sessions are purposefully structured and designed for specific age groups to ensure children are given the ideal environment for optimal learning and connecting.
We believe children learn music through feeling, expressing, exploring and, of course FUN FUN FUN. Using a range of creative props, story telling and innovation, Kids in Harmony is inspiring a new generation of children to become kind, and confident little music-makers.
Massage – Nurturing touch.
Massage encourages respectful and reassuring touch in a safe and nurturing environment. A hug, a gentle touch or a warm pat on the back can connect us to each other and form a bond of communication like no other.
At Kids in Harmony, we value the many connections that respectful touch and massage can bring to families: trust, togetherness, consideration, gentleness, love and peaceful interactions.
Incorporating massage within the program allows us to focus on one of the cornerstones of healthy relationships – ‘giving is receiving’.
Relaxation – practicing calm and connection.
The children get to move through strengthening and stretching exercises and then practice to relax their whole body. It is age appropriate and the children experience mat time through patience, practice, observation and encouragement. We believe children are capable, given the opportunity and practice. Relaxation time is fun, playful and most importantly a skill that lasts for many years to come. Relaxation is instrumental to living a balanced life, just as learning to listen to our bodies is an important aspect of self-care. Relaxation can help children practice calm and the ability to slow down, self-regulate and cope with challenges.
Calm techniques are experienced through age appropriate exercises and activities. The children love their mat time. Children are more than capable of learning the skills of relaxation, given the experience and practice to learn and grow. It would be nice to think that our children have an immunity to stress and anxiety. But in this fast-paced digital world, distraction and hurry are the major threats to calm and children can be as susceptible to stress as adults can.
Teaching basic relaxation techniques to your child is one of the most important things you can do. The current research with anxiety and depression in young children is alarming and at Kids in Harmony we aim to equip children with coping skills that can serve them in their adulthood. At Kids in Harmony, our relaxation methods are simple, and easily implemented within the home environment and beyond. Relaxation is a life skill that enhances health and wellbeing for every member of the family.
Under NO circumstances do we teach religious education. Our faith at Kids in Harmony is in people.
Mindset – nurturing genuine self-esteem and resilience.
One of the key focuses at Kids in Harmony is to nurture a Growth Mindset! We draw on Dr.Carol Dweck’s decades of research. For more information on this research visit mindsetonline.com
We lay the foundations for children to be inspired by a love of learning and we nurture self-esteem in a genuine, confident and caring environment! This philosophy creates a safe environment where children are able to make mistakes, learn from them and persist in their efforts. The very ingredients required to nurture a growth mindset. You are never too old or too young to nurture a growth mindset and for this very reason our parent educational handouts are a combination of mindset, mindfulness, values and connection based. Mindset and values work hand in hand when nurturing whole-child development and education.
Special messages (simple child friendly affirmation) are a simple but precious part of the Kids in Harmony experience.
We aim to encourage self-awareness by giving examples of how we can bring our character strengths to the many relationships in our lives, while gently reminding us that we have the power to choose how we make the most of our unique strengths and differences.
Values Education – nurturing character strengths and inspiring values.
At Kids in Harmony we are inspired by the many ways to encourage and nurture values, virtues, strengths and character building. We are dedicated and passionate in what we do and constantly strive to find creative and better ways to help create a culture of care and connection for our Kids in Harmony children, their families and community. Our values are incorporated through our weekly affirmations and the children get to feel, hear and see it in action.
Our mission is to nurture happy, whole-hearted and resilient children through music, relaxation, mindset and values.
We are highly motivated by the research and continue to deliver an innovative program that is underpinned by research in all areas of our program; music, relaxation – mindset and values.
We value the decades of research in Positive Psychology. In particular the work of Dr Martin E.P. Seligman and Christopher Peterson in Virtues and Character Strengths. This research supports our program with awareness and understanding around flourishing and wellbeing. For more information of some of this research visit www.viacharacter.org
BABIES IN HARMONY PROGRAM
Newborns – Crawlers
The joy and excitement of becoming a new parent can be both exhilarating and exhausting. As
a new parent we suddenly find ourselves in a lifestyle change that we have to adapt and grow into as our baby grows. Giving ourselves permission to be human and understanding that we won’t know all the answers is important for our overall health and wellbeing.
The Babies in Harmony program is very much designed to support parents at this time and to empower parents to feel good about their new role, the choices they make and the ability to do the best they can. We are very proud of the support and education provided within the Babies in Harmony sessions. Our program is just as much about parents and carers enjoying parenthood as it is about the education, bonding and nurturing of our beautiful babies.
The beauty of our babies can be captured through those precious and often most normal moments of every day. Our program gives parents and carers the opportunity to capture these moments, by interacting with their children in creative ways.
Harmony babies are loved and nurtured in our program with a beautiful blend of baby massage, creative and musical activities, and the gift of learning to love themselves through special messages (affirmations) parent education, values awareness, relaxation and lots of fun and connecting with our beautiful families and community!We want to give every child the opportunity to grow and develop to their physical, spiritual and emotional potential. In doing this we assist you in your empowering and strengthening what is important to you and your family and being confident with your choices along the way.
We wish you well on your amazing journey of parenting and send you and your baby harmony blessings to last a lifetime.
We look forward to seeing you and your baby soon.
Babies in Harmony 1 – non crawling babies, your baby can join us at 6 weeks of age.The babies program is just adorable! It is an experience that you will cherish for a long time to come. The Babies in Harmony program is designed to incorporate baby development, an introduction to music, baby massage- the full body massage sequence is taught by qualified Infant Massage Instructors, relaxation and the importance of balance and muscle tone. This is such a precious time for you and your baby to learn and grow together. We offer a supportive and nurturing environment for you and your baby. We value you as a parent and nurture and accept the choices you make for you and your family.
Babies in Harmony 2 – our crawling babies, your baby can join us when they are on the move or transitioning to crawling.The babies program is pure delight! It is an experience that you will cherish for a long time to come as you experience musical play. The Babies in Harmony program is designed to incorporate baby development, an introduction to relaxation and the importance of balance and postural awareness. This is such a precious time for you and your baby to learn and grow together. We offer a supportive and nurturing environment that creates the optimal learning environment. We value you as the your child’s first and most influential teacher and we offer parent educational handouts to inspire and energise you in your parenting journey.
The benefits of baby massage:
- Bonding – massage creates a bond between parent and child through nurturing touch.
- Security – massage helps your child feel safe and loved through respectful touch.
- Emotional – massage can assist in a well-balanced and confident child through promoting a good body image and self-love.
- Skin – massage improves circulation and moisturises the skin.
- Digestive – massage may assist in improving digestive concerns such as colic and reflux.
- Respiratory – massage may assist with the symptoms of coughs, colds and infections of the ear and nasal passages.
- Nervous System – a calming and relaxing massage can ease stress for both baby and parent.
- Immune System – massage helps to build a strong immune system.
The benefits of the Babies in Harmony Program
- Provides mental and physical stimulation, helping tire baby out and allowing them to sleep well.
- Helps strengthen the spine.
- Promotes cross-brain function and helps improve concentration.
- Reduces wind and aids digestion.
- Stimulates the nervous system.
- Promotes muscle strength and joint flexibility.
- Improves balance and coordination.
- Increases confidence in handling your baby.
- Helps both parent and baby to connect the bonds of love and trust
HarmonyKIDS – Well-being Program
Values – Mindset – Yoga Play – Creative Craft – Relaxation
Our Harmony Kids program is facilitated by Kerry Spina within the Kids in Harmony Centre.
Harmony KIDS is a unique approach to character education. Using self awareness, virtues and values, relaxation therapy and the arts as a path way. Reading storytelling, music, values education, creative craft and self care blend seamlessly with yoga play to educate the ‘whole child’.
Encouraging SELF AWARENESS – thinking skills, growth mindset, words to empower and connect, actions towards ourselves and others, choices, body awareness, healthy habits and emotional development – feelings.
Why Kids love VALUES!!
They begin to find passion in what really matters to them. They connect with people in a kind and friendly manner and begin to gain awareness that we all belong ‘togetherness’. Values and Virtues create a new language to help children describe what is important to them and to gain meaning in their experiences and challenges. Virtues and values help them recognise their strengths and the strengths of others! It gives them an opportunity to express themselves in meaningful ways.
Why Kids love OUR WELL-BEING PROGRAM!!
Children are the ultimate professionals when it comes to having fun. They love the Harmony Kids program because it is not only fun but an opportunity for them to discover an exercise program that can bring so many benefits to their lives and relationships!.
Children’s Yoga is an exercise system that synergizes the whole body – emotional, mental and physical. Children feel stronger, more flexible and an over all sense of joy and peace when participating in our classes.