ST. ANSGAR | Wiggle. Giggle. Sing a song. Roll a ball. Just a few of the many fun moments a child can experience while attending a session of Kindermusik at the St. Ansgar United Methodist Church.

Pastor Rhoda Preston offers free weekly Kindermusik sessions for children through April 2015.

For the past 20 years, Preston has been leading Kindermusik classes.

Kindermusik is “a multi-sensory approach to allow children to see, feel, hear and then express concepts in their own creative way.”

In the class for the two- and three-year-olds, “children have the opportunity to use their muscles, be creative in their movement, and learn to listen, which is different than hearing,” said Preston. “We teach shapes, colors and movement through music and games.

“Over the years, I have seen kids enjoy learning with music.”

Each week children sing, dance and play instruments with other children and a parent.

“Class activities help children practice a wide-range of abilities such as gross-motor and fine-motor skills along with turn taking, social skills and active listening,” said Preston. “We also offer ideas for using music throughout the week.”

Jessica Balsley, Mitchell, and her 3-year-old daughter, Nora, have been attending each week since the program started in mid-September.

“As an art teacher, I really like the developmental approach,” said Balsley. “It’s an enriching experience.

“She looks forward to coming every week.”

Gloria Reding, Stacyville, brought her 3-year-old granddaughter, Raine Squier, St. Ansgar, to the class.

“She really enjoys coming,” said Reding. “Either I or her mother bring her. She really likes the music and being around other kids.”

Even babies are able to benefit from Kindermusik, said Preston.

“We use movement with arms and legs, sign language and rubbing their backs to help in multi-sensory development while using music,” she said.

“All children love music,” said Preston. “Music is the best activity for nurturing every area of a child’s development.”

Preston is looking for more students to attend the birth-to-24 months program. She has seven to eight students attending the two and three-year-old class.

Classes are held from 9:30 - 10 a.m. each Monday morning for children ages birth to 24 months or from 11 – 11:30 a.m. for children ages two and three.

There is no cost to attend the class. However, there is a $12 charge for each month of at-home songs and activities.

For more information about attending Kindermusik, contact Preston at 641-713-4300.

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