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2020年9月24日
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What is the best way to improve my child’s tone deafness?

Parents who are worried that their child may be tone deaf should try improvement measures to correct the problem. Children are not born tone deaf and whether they can sing in pitch or not is greatly influenced by the type of musical environment they are exposed to.
In this article we will introduce some tips for currently a child’s tone deafness so that they can sing in pitch.

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5 techniques for improving children’s pitch and tone deafness

1. Expose them to a variety of music

It is important for parents to expose their child to a lot of music from a young age. Children’s brains absorb new things quickly. So, children who listen to a lot of good music at a young age will naturally learn the musical scales.
Traditional nursery rhymes are a great way to learn basic pitch. Children’s songs used on TV programs and are popular among young children are also good songs to incorporate into your child’s daily life.

2. Sing as a family

Practicing singing with parents and friends can also help improve tone deafness. It is important to use recorded music with professionals singing so that your child can copy the model.
It is a good idea to start with simple songs like lullabies and then move onto harder children’s songs. Singing together is also a great way to increase communication as a family.

3. Sing while moving your body in rhythm to the music

It is important to train one’s sense of rhythm along with one’s sense of sound. When one’s rhythm is wrong the song will also sound wrong. So, even if you have a good sense of sound, if your rhythm is off you will be evaluated as being tone deaf.
Some ways to improve your rhythm is to clap your hands or dance as you sing. Singing the “Do Rei Mi” song while climbing up and down the stairs is also effective.

4. Don’t say the world “Tone Deaf” in front of your child

It is important that parents/teachers do not tell a child directly that he/she has no sense of sound or is tone deaf. This is because if a child thinks he/she is tone deaf, he/she will most likely not be motivated to practice and try to improve. It is important that your child wants to improve and sing well and doesn’t feel negatively about music.

5. Encourage them to take music lessons

Attending music classes from a young age is a great way to expose your child to music. The teachers of these classes are often professionals who make learning music fun. Singing and playing with peers in a fun, musical environment has lots of benefits to your child’s development.

The best way to improve your child’s tone deafness is to exposed them to a lot of music. This can be done by creating an environment where children can experience music from a young age. Although children can be exposed to music at home, attending music classes are also a good way to improve not only their musical skills but also their social skills.

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2020年9月22日
NEWS

Our Fall 2020 Campaign has been extended!

Don’t miss our “Autumn Friends Forever Campaign” targeted at new families and current members! New families who begin classes this October and November as well as the current members who introduce them will receive a variety of special benefits. Please invite your friends and join us at Gymboree this Fall!

 For New Families Who Enroll in Mommy & Me Classes

 ① 10,000 Yen OFF Membership Fee, ② 5,000 Yen OFF One Month of Class Fees When You Enroll With a Friend*,   ③ 5,000 Yen OFF One Month of Class Fees When Introduced by a Current Member*

*② and ③ can’t be used together. Maximum of 5,000 yen off per family. The discount will be taken during the first withdrawal month.

For New Families Who Enroll in Preschool or After School Classes

①10,000 Yen OFF Membership Fee, ②Families who attend more than 2 days a week will receive a 50% discount on 1 month of class fees*, ③Families who enroll during September, will be waived of the 20,000 yen textbook fees 

(*Families who change the numbers of days they attend after enrollment will receive a 50% discount on the fees for the lower participation rate. ② discount will be taken during the first withdrawal month. Families who quit before 3 months will not receive the discount.)

For Current Members

Current members who introduce a friend that enrolls in classes will receive 5,000 Yen OFF their next month of class fees!* 

*Discount applies if your friend enrolls in Mommy & Me, Preschool or After School classes and is enrolled for at least 3 months. 

Please contact a school near you for details. 

Fall Campaign 2020 Details

2020年9月18日
NEWS

Announcing our Halloween Open House (Free Trial Week)

During our fun Halloween themed FREE  TRIAL WEEK, families will be able to attend one of our unique Mommy & Me classes (Art, Music, Sports) or our Preschool or After School programs for FREE!

Join us for a class or classes this week and experience the fun of American-style Halloween with original activities, costumes and even trick-or-treat activities. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to try out our programs with a friend and see for yourself why Gymboree is the leader in early childhood programs around the world!

Period:10/26(Mon)~10/31(Sat) 

※Reservations will be taken based on each school’s class schedule. Please inquire at your nearest school regarding the details. 

 

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2020年9月18日
COLUMN

If you think your child may be tone deaf —– It is a good idea to check the reason and type

We often see children singing and enjoying songs on TV and in educational materials. Although it is fun to see children sing along with the music, when listening carefully, sometimes parents worry whether their child is on pitch or even whether he/she is tone deaf.
There are actual a few types of tone deafness in children. In this article we will share the reasons and types of tone deafness so that parents can help correct their child’s tone deafness.

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What are the causes and types of tone deafness?

1. Tone Deafness due to an Unfamiliarity with Music

Children who are exposed to music from a young age will not have difficulty developing the ability to sing according to pitch. However, children who have not been exposed to music very much will find it much more difficult.

2. Tone Deafness due to a Having No Sense of Pitch

Some people (adults and children) have difficulty capturing the music with their ears and singing on pitch. These people have a hard time singing with other people and are said to be born with no sense of pitch.

3. Tone Deafness due to a Lack of Strength in the Vocal Cords

It is also possible to be tone deaf because you lack the muscular strength in your vocal cords required to sing well. When vocal cords do not have sufficient strength, they often do not have good pitch control.
When some children sing it sounds like they are screaming in the same pitch the whole time. Although they have a loud voice, their lack of muscle strength in their vocal cords makes it difficult for them stay on pitch so it sounds like they are singing the same sound.

4. Tone Deafness due to an Exposure to Tone Deaf people

Although many people think that there is a genetic component to melody recognition, it has been proven that having melody is not inherited. Anyone with the proper music education can acquire the pitch.
However, children who hang around with people who have no sense of pitch should be careful. After listening to a song in the wrong pitch, children may have trouble distinguishing pitch and conclude that the pitch of the parent or those around them is correct. Being in such an environment, the crazy pitch becomes normal and their sense of tone develops improperly.

5. Tone Deafness due to a Hidden Cause

On rare occasions, tone deafness is due to an abnormality in the part of the brain that hears sound correctly. There are also causes where people are tone deaf because they do not hear well. Parents should consult a doctor if they notice their child has other symptoms like not responding when being talked to.

There are various kinds and causes of tone deafness. Exposing your child to music and singing will help improve tone deafness.
It is recommended that worried parents create an environment where your child can actively experience music. Attending Mommy & Me or toddler music classes where they can enjoy singing and rhythmic activities with friends is a great way to encourage an interest in music.

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2020年9月14日
COLUMN

Paper-cutting is a great children’s educational activity that can be enjoyed as a family!

It is recommended to incorporate paper cutting in addition to drawing and origami activities to stimulate your child’s brain and fine motor skills. Many people think paper cutting is a difficult task for young child but there are plenty of cutting activities even younger children can enjoy.
In this article, we will introduce some simple paper cutting activities that you can enjoy at home with your child.

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What are the educational benefits of paper cutting?

We want our children to pick up many skills, but one set of skills that is very important for them to pick up is fine motor skills, like folding paper and cutting paper. Incorporating paper cutting activities is a great way to train your child’s hands. These activities also help expand children’s imagination, improve their concentration, and give them a sense of accomplishment. Please enjoy paper cutting activities with your child.

Basic Paper Cutting Activity

Paper cutting is an easy activity to do prepare at home. First, prepare a sheet of origami paper that your child likes. Fold it in a triangle and then fold it to make a triangle. After you fold it in a triangle 3 times, ask your child to use the scissors to cut around the triangle. Once they are better at using scissors you can try cutting into circles or squares as well.
 After making a lot of cuts in the paper, open it gently. The unfolded origami paper will have a beautiful pattern on it, which will surely surprise your child.

Try Cutting Out a Planned Design

Try cutting out according to a pattern written on origami paper. In this activity, adults should draw a pattern on origami paper that has been folded in half. Please start with an easy pattern like a heart or a star. Line-symmetrical motifs such as the butterfly and rabbit face are also suitable for cutouts. Cutting along the lines will allow your child to create a beautiful pattern with the origami paper.

Decorate with the Cut-out Patterns

Parents should hang up the paper-cutting designs their child makes in a place where everyone can see them. It will give their child satisfaction to know that you cherish their work and motivate them to make more. It is also a good idea to praise them for their accomplishments. You can also glue a few of the cutouts onto drawing paper and encourage them to add free drawings to the paper with crayon or colored pencil.
Families who have limited space to hang up their child’s artwork (cutout designs) can put them in an album that you can hang onto and go through whenever you want to.

Paper cutting activities encourage creativity, concentration and even hand dexterity and can be done easily with some paper and a pair of scissors.
It is also recommended to attend art classes with your child so he/she can explore other types of art as well and improve his/her fine motor skills with other children. The art classes with expand his/her interest in art and creativity.

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2020年9月9日
COLUMN

【From The Netherlands】4 Popular Games Among Foreign Children

The Netherlands was ranked as the number one country in the “UNICEF 2013 Children’s Happiness Report Survey”. Why are Dutch children said to be happy?
There are many schools in the Netherlands that promote learning based on the “Jena Plan of Education.” The “Jena Plan of Education” emphasizes respect for one’s own values and encourages children to learn in their own way.
In this article, we will introduce popular games among Dutch children.

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What is the “Jena Plan of Education”?

In the Netherlands, compulsory education is for children between 5 and 18 years old and all children can receive free education not only in public but also in private schools. In addition, since children are taught about failure from elementary school, they study seriously and try to avoid failure throughout their education.
The “Jena Plan of Education” emphasizes children’s individuality and was invented at Jena University. The educational theory features a curriculum where children of different ages are assigned to the same class and all children are given a lot of time for self-study. This educational style helps children in becoming proactive in whatever they do.

What types of play are popular in The Netherlands?

Cycling

Bicycles have become so popular in the Netherlands that they are said to have more bicycles than people. There are bicycle roads and bicycle signals in the city, and you can even bring your bicycle on the train. In the Netherlands, many primary school children bike to school. Of course, bicycles are also very useful for leisure.

Ice Skating

Some of the Dutch canals are covered with thick ice in winter and children can enjoy skating from a young age. The Dutch athletes perform well at the Winter Olympics because they have been enjoying skating on the canals since they were small.

Soccer

The Netherlands is also known for their participation in the world football competition. Soccer is a national sport in the Netherlands, and there are many fields in the city where you can enjoy soccer. In the Netherlands, there are many children who love playing soccer and they often join clubs and practice soccer from a young age.

What is the popular playground equipment「Wobbel」?

Wobbel, which has been attracting attention in the Netherlands in recent years, is a wooden playground equipment with an unusual curved shape. Since its launch in the Netherlands in 2015, its popularity has exploded and it is now being used in over 40 countries.
There are endless ways to play with Wobbel and it can be used a slide or even a seesaw. It is so popular because everyone can use it freely and develop their own sense of balance and core.

Children in the Netherlands love physical activity. The “Jena Plan of Education” enables them to enjoy physical play freely.
Attending infant classes with your little one will enable him/her to learn a foreign language in a play-based environment. Learning with peers will help them gain the social skills they need for the future.

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2020年8月28日
COLUMN

How to develop your child’s patience

Having patience is an indispensable quality to succeed in school and society. However, because of the declining birthrate, it is harder for children to develop patience nowadays. This is because with fewer competitors, children often get what they want quickly and are less likely to be scolded. On the other hand, patience is not something that can be acquired naturally, but instead depends greatly on how children are raised.
In this article, we will cover how parents can help their children develop patience.

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At what age do children develop patience?

Children are not born with patience. They learn how to be patient through repetition of activities that help them understand the joys and rewards of waiting. It is said that most children begin to understand endurance and patience at 2 years old during the “no” phase. Although there are individual differences, children at this age begin to interact with other children at the park and at school and learn how to be patient naturally.
However, parents should be aware that being too strong about patience may make it difficult for them to learn how to express their opinions and think positively.

The Benefits of Children Having Patience

Children gain more from having patience than we think. Children who have patience can better handle trouble with friends. This makes it easier for them to become friends with anyone.
In addition, children want to become good at something. If they have patience, they will be more likely to stick to the activity until they reach their goal. The experience of achieving their goals on their own will make them feel accomplished and motivate them to try hard to reach their future goals.

How to develop your child’s patience

For small children, it is a good idea to let them practice showing patience one out of three times before giving them what they want. Then when they show patience it is important for parents/adults to praise them for their efforts.
It is hard for children to understand the concept of patience immediately and even more difficult for them to practice patience right away. At the beginning, instead of scolding them and telling them to “be patient”, it is suggested that parents explain the importance of patience, how it is beneficial to have patience and what we can do if we don’t have patience. It is said that children really understand what patience is when they learn what happens when they are patient, such as getting a sweet after being patient.

Walking a far distance to a cake shop or toy shop is a great way to help build patience in your child. Your child will be motivated to try his/her hardest so he/she can receive the reward at the end.

Children realize the benefits of having patience when they are on their own in the world. It is hard for children to learn how to be patient naturally. Therefore, it is recommended to attend infant classes with your child so he/she can practice patience in a group setting.

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