Each 11 week session focuses on a different part of the world and each class starts with a little overview of the country from which that lesson’s songs came. So, in addition to new songs (often incorporating different languages), we also learned a bit about the geography, culture and traditions.
Our family's first introduction to All Around This World was about a week after we'd moved to Philly when we stopped in at Milk and Honey Market and Jay was offering a free sample class. Leo had a blast and it was a great way to meet other neighborhood families. When the opportunity came up to review this class I was excited to enroll Leo in this Fall's session focusing on Latin America.
Jay hosts the classes in his West Philly home and the timeslots are divided up by age group. One of the great things about All Around This World was getting to know Jay through the intimate classes in his living room. Each class is 45 minutes packed with songs, stories and games - everything from shaker eggs, to marching and balancing mugs on our heads. One of Leo’s favorites is dancing with scarves.
|In Musical Scarf Heaven|
Another great component to the classes are the resources Jay provides to supplement. On his website, Jay offers the lyrics to all of the songs from class in both the native language and English, and even includes an MP3 of him singing these songs. Each week he sends an email with background information on the country we will be learning about and each family gets a CD with all the songs.
I think these classes a neat way to expose young kids to a mix of music, language, geography and culture. I also love that it's a neighborhood based program. Of course if you don't live in West Philly, don't despair! Classes are now being offered in:
- South Philly
- Fishtown/Norther Liberties
- Center City
Disclosure: All Around This World Music provided Leo's enrollment in the class for review. All opinions are my own.