- The instructor plays piano during key parts of the class. For example, at the start of the class, the instructor plays piano while the kiddies play with bouncy balls.
- The babies actually get to play with instruments! So far, PK has gotten to play with sleigh bells, she's hit on a drum with a mallet (with my help, of course), and she's banged around on the bottom of an upside-down plastic container with her hands. Yay! Okay, so she's not that much into the instruments yet, but we'll work on that. I even got her a set of percussion instruments last week so that we could play them together at home. Unfortunately her first experience with her own set of instruments proved to be traumatic (i.e. major meltdown). I am glad to say, however, that she appears to be slowly warming up to them!
- We get do do some walking around. I find this to be nice, because it gets the babies moving to the music - even if the parents do most of the moving for them at this age.
Okay, so that first class didn't exactly go as planned. I decided to take a different approach the second time around. I would try to look more friendly. I would let PK sit on the floor...on a changepad - a germophobe's compromise! It seemed to work. We had a better time. I got to know more of the moms. They didn't seem as snobby as I thought they were based on that first class. We even had a newcomer (newer than me) - a one-month-old baby boy named Alexander. Both parents were in class. Unfortunately, the mom spent the entire time feeding him. I feel her pain. That's a rough time. Not that I was immune from PK's temper. She was testy in class. Unfortunately, the class start time coincided with her next feed. So I spent the first part of class giving her a bottle. She was still rather crabby. I found out later that it was due to a VERY wet diaper. Ooops! I really should have known better. Better luck next time!