Eighteen-month-old Isabelle Babst brandishes a blue scarf with gusto along with other little ones, their parents and grandparents at Kindermusik. The program aims to help children children develop cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language and music skills.
Mary Rudy, director of Musical Steps Academy, reads a story to little ones sitting quietly on the floor during "Zoo Train" activities for children from 18 months to 3 years old.
Jana Bowditch makes music with her son, Jai Bowditch.Sessions for younger kids, like Jai, meet weekly for seven weeks.
Mary Rudy talks with the children about zoo animals. She's animated because she's imitating the sound a monkey makes.
During "Zoo Train" activities for children 18 months to 3 years old an adult participant pretends to be going to sleep with two small children who seem happy to play along. Classes, which are held at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, range from 45 minutes to an hour.
Kindermusik, which "teaches children music so they can become better learners," is a 25-year-old program with several locations.
Mary Rudy runs a Kindermusik class. According to information on her website, Rudy has been teaching Kindermusik for 20 years and has four children of her own, two of them Kindermusik graduates.
Sabine Meredith, 4, left, and her sister Nia Meredith, 2, play with scarves to represent an ocean breeze during Kindermusik's "Creatures of the Ocean" class. Kindermusik is offering "On the Road," a summer camp for kids.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Leah Downs takes part in a class.
Adele Mosley, 2, plays with the help of her nose.
Jennifer Cotter, mother of 7-month-old Jack Cotter, grabs a hand
and the opposite foot to the beat of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" at
Kindermusik. The exercise stimulates brain development, says Mary
Rudy, director of Kindermusik at Musical Steps Academy.
Ezekiel Garcia, 1, is captivated by bubbles as they drift by at
Kindermusik at Musical Steps Academy director Mary Rudy.
A class including Zeena Fozzard, left foreground, and her
daughter Marissa, 1, uses music to develop internalized rhythm.
For infants, the world is new and filled with splendor as it
reveals its wonder with each passing moment.
Haley Deeb, 2, puts a scarf over her father John's head during a Kindermusik class for toddlers at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Amanda Adkins kisses daughter Ainsley, 13 weeks, as they rock back and forth during a Kindermusik class at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church.
Rylee Rogala, 2, tries out a new percussion instrument during a Kindermusik class.