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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Helping Your Child Practice An Instrument

Music lessons can have a profound impact on the development of a child. Time spent learning the piano, violin, drums, or any other instrument has the potential to give your child a lifelong skill, interest, and added measure of confidence. Like most good things in life, though, musical abilities take time and hard work to develop. Practice makes perfect. For a child, this idea often results in feelings of boredom, disillusionment, and frustration at times, even if music lessons were their idea and request in the first place. If your child is struggling with their practicing, here are three tactics you can try.

Keep a Musical Home

If you celebrate music together as a family, your child will find it easier to keep a sense of perspective. Your child will have something to aspire to, and they will see how enjoyable music can be. Be sure to keep music around that demonstrates the specific instrument your child is learning. 

Set Goals

It can be extremely valuable to sit down with your child and help them set goals. This will give them the sense that they have some control over their practicing. Additionally, they will feel that they’ve accomplished something when they meet their objectives. Goal setting is also an effective way to help your child put practicing into their routine. 

If you choose to incentivize, consider only giving motivational prizes related to music. For example, your child could identify a piece of sheet music or equipment that they would like, and together you can agree on the terms.  

Teach the Bigger Picture

Help your child understand that music is more than memorization and recitals. If possible, give them a chance to play alongside a voice or another instrument, when they’re ready. Encourage your child to learn a bit of music theory. This may even influence you in your choice of a teacher for your child. Many teachers at places like Palomba Academy work theory into their lessons.

You know your child. As you support them in their musical interests and experiences, you will be able to assess each difficulty and decide the best course of action. There are times when the pursuit of a specific instrument just isn’t right for a child, and it’s best that they stop. That’s all right. Don’t discredit the value of experience. In other cases, though, quitting when the going gets rough leads to regret further down the line. And so, if you feel you need to step in and encourage practice, do so. In all likelihood, your child will thank you for it later! 

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

4 Keys To Finding The Right Childcare Provider For You And Your Child

Finding the right daycare for your child can seem like a daunting task. Although the effort to find a great childcare center can take a lot of work, when you find the right place, it can really change your life for the better.

Here are 4 key factors to consider when making the decision on which daycare will work best for you.

Get to know the caregivers. Any parent that has put their child through daycare before knows that the experience for the child almost always hinges on the quality of the caregivers. Of course, exceptional caregivers are going to be even better in a great working environment with lots of resources, but having cool toys and bad caregivers is never going to be as enjoyable for your child as old toys and great caregivers. Talking to the other parents about their experience with the caregiving staff is a great place to start. Sitting in on a day, or a few hours of daycare can also help you to get an idea of what the quality of caregiving is at a specific location.

Consider the distance. While the drive to a daycare that is a considerable distance out of your way might not seem bad the first few times you add it into your schedule, all that time will really add up once you are dropping off and picking up your child every day. This is especially true if your schedule if you are fitting in this transportation time around an already tight work schedule.

Look for scheduling flexibility. Most daycare centers are set up to provide care nine to five, Monday through Friday. If this is the schedule you need, that’s great, but if you work at odd hours or work less than full-time, finding a daycare center with a flexible schedule might be better for you. You certainly don’t want to be paying to have your child in class in times when you don’t need or want childcare, and you also need to know that your childcare needs will be covered when your schedule falls outside of the norm.

Don’t be afraid to change. Once you’ve done a lot of work deciding which daycare you want you child to attend, you most likely will want to stick with it. Sometimes sticking with your first choice is best, and the daycare you find will sometimes be great and sometimes good enough. But you can’t be afraid to change providers if the one you selected is not meeting your needs. Getting the right childcare for you and your child is worth the extra effort of finding a center that works well for you.

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