If you've never heard of "Music with Mar," it's a national program that brings music and learning to kids. Classes are designed for children ages 6 months through 6 years to teach educational concepts through music. And it's a whole lot of fun, too.
There are dozens of different classes around, taught by different teachers, but they all follow the same basic idea - use songs to help kids learn while they're having fun. We went to Ms. Bridget's Music with Mar class in East Aurora. It was pretty cool.
The class is totally interactive. We were in an upstairs room of The First Presbyterian Church on Main Street. (Again, they are held at dozens of locations.) We started off with some bubbles and singing, which, Ms. Bridget said, works on visual tracking. The program includes plenty of traditional songs, like "The Farmer and the Dell" and "Peanut Butter and Jelly." There are also songs about parts of the body, one that teaches right and left, a few that focused on the alphabet, and a super-fun stop, slow and go song.
The kids had a blast. My Emma, 5, sang and laughed the entire time. Ella, 2, was in a mood and not exactly cooperative, but it was totally her - not the class. She'd love it any other day. Honest.
The class lasted about 45 minutes. The unsuspecting children were learning as they sang their little hearts out. There was also plenty of jumping, hopping and running around the room, which is a great way to use up some of the never-ending energy these kids are lucky enough to have.
Ms. Bridget is very animated and an awful lot of fun. She plays music from a speaker and everyone sings along. The class is just long enough to keep the kids interested. She uses books, musical instruments, puppets, and other fun accessories.
Classes are located in a variety of locations on various days and times.
Cost: $12 for each class per family
More information: Ms. Bridget's Music with Mar or call 982-2000