Button for Faster Access to the Fun

We know our families are enjoying the digital at home materials. Now, there’s a way to get to those digital materials more efficiently than ever before. In just 4 simple steps, you can be 1 tap away from accessing all the wonderful educational activities and parenting resources within Kindermusik@Home.

From your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Computer

Step 1
Open Safari browser, login to, and tap the “Share” icon.

Step 2
Tap “Add to Home Screen.”

Step 3
Type the description for the icon (MyKinder…) and tap the “Add” button.

Step 4
Icon for is now added to your home screen.  (Note:  if your home screen is full, swipe finger to the left to get to next screen.)

You can add a shortcut to the full-site, or the mobile site ( – icon with house)

Many smartphones and tablets have this functionality. The iPhone example can be a guide for other devices. Look for the “Share” feature when visiting a website to save the icon to your home screen as a shortcut.  For additional information, visit Kindermusik’s blog. Now, that was easy!


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Kindermusik International has a new neighbor. The Fred Rogers Center has launched a new website called Ele (which stands for Early Learning Environment). They’ve asked KI to partner with them as they continue to provide appropriate, child-centered technology opportunities for children and their families.

Ele is like a library and a playroom where parents and early childhood educators can find online and mobile educational activities for young children. Ele focuses on using technology in age-appropriate ways to improve the language and early literacy skills of young children. What a perfect partnership!

Access to the resources is free and there is no cost to join the Ele community. You’ll have instant access to quality content and can join in discussions about early childhood education and digital learning.

As a reminder, when KI made the decision to provide digital learning materials, careful thought and consideration was given to ensure age-appropriate experiences in technology. In fact, Kindermusik drafted our official screentime position using the guidelines crafted by NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center.

Kindermusik’s Official Position on Screentime

Kindermusik International knows and respects that each family gets to decide what’s best for them when it comes to the issue of screen time or the use of technology and young children.  In creating our new digital tools and parenting resources, Kindermusik has read about and researched this topic thoroughly.  We have aligned our stance with that of the highly respected NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning, recognizing that children can benefit from a responsible and age-appropriate use of technology in combination with hands-on experiences and in partnership with an actively involved caregiver.  We are proud to bring these high-quality educational materials to your family in hopes we can truly embody the very best of both worlds- a responsible introduction to technology AND lots of hands-on, movement-rich, in-your-lap, down-on-the-floor learning.

So, take some time and say, “Hi, Neighbor!” to Ele. You’ll find you’re right at home with access to several of our Kindermusik At-Home Materials.  Let us know what else you find while looking around.

There’s an App for That

Do you ever get the sense that kids are more tech savvy than most adults? Technology is everywhere and our kids are very adept at using iPads, iPods, computers, smartphones, and touch screens.  While too much screen time isn’t good for anyone, there are many apps that are great for helping little ones (and school-aged kids) learn.  We’ve complied a few of our favorites below…

Jib Jab Jr.
Yes, the company that brings you hilarious animated elves with faces of your friends during the holiday season has a kid division. These genius apps deliver interactive books to your iPad.  For a small fee, a new book will appear each month.  Use a photo to create personalities (your child, your pet, yourself) then put a character into the story.  The free sample download is a charming story about creating the world’s biggest pizza.  Other titles tackle the alphabet, animals in the ocean, camping, a princess story, and more.   To check it out online, visit: or search the Apple App Store for “Jib Jab Jr”.

Duck, Duck, Moose
You can’t go wrong with a single option from this great group.   Duck, Duck, Moose boasts an impressive list of awards for their apps for children and it won’t take you long to figure out why.  The animated, interactive versions of familiar children’s songs are easy to use and provide hours of fun.  You can change the instrument playing the song, the voice, and even the language.  Don’t miss “Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”.  “Old MacDonald” features latte drinking cows that read the Moo Yorker.  Preschoolers will love Draw and Tell, Park Math, and Fish School.  We’d like to give special mention to “Musical Me!” which introduces concepts like rhythm, pitch, and even musical notation in a fun, interactive way.   Visit them at: or search the Apple App Store for “Duck, Duck, Moose”.

For school-aged kids, there are few apps as cool as Toontastic.  This creative learning tool allows kids to  draw, animate, and share their own cartoons.  Kids choose from a cast of characters, add a setting, and animate by dragging and tapping the screen.  Then, they provide the narration by recording their own voices as they watch the animation.  Bonus points for introducing kids to literary words like “plot”, “climax”, and “resolution” and encouraging them to think about a beginning, middle, and end to the story before they start.  Finally, kids add music (and get a nifty lesson on how music helps create a mood) to complete the story.  And, Moms and Dads?  This app is FREE.   Find it at: or by searching the Apple App store for “Toontastic.”

Are there apps you are glad you’ve downloaded on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad?  Share with us in the comments.

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