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Singing in English for babies and toddlers in Lucerne

Would you like to…

  • Participate in a fun weekly activity with your child?
  • Introduce your child to music and English as a language?
  • Meet other parents with children of a similar age and with an international outlook on life?

Come and join us!

This singing class is a fun way to encourage social interaction between both Swiss and non Swiss families that have kids of a similar age. Children whose mother tongue is English have the chance to learn and enjoy the classic English songs and nursery rhymes many of which parents will remember from their own childhood.  Children whose mother tongue is Swiss German or another language, have the opportunity to learn basic English in an entertaining environment (and parents can refresh their English vocabulary too!). The lesson is aimed at children aged 1 – 4 with their parents (or carers).  Many parents bring along a second child, even shortly after a new baby is born.  It is wonderful to observe how even babies begin from an early age to respond to the songs and actions.

When?

Lessons take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, at 9.15 and 10.30, with singing for about 45 minutes. We sing with actions, puppets, parachutes and other props. Three courses per year are offered (corresponding to Swiss school terms). Newcomers are welcome to try out a class free of charge!

Where?

Classes are held at newly renovated Betagtenzentrum Wesemlin, one of Lucerne’s elderly homes, walking distance from the centre and accessible by public transport. The Betagtenzentrum is extremely enthusiastic to welcome children on their premises. Twice a year residents are invited to join in the singing class, and the staff tell us it is appreciated a lot.

Before and after the class, parents can enjoy a coffee in the Betagtenzentrum’s restaurant, where we are given our own area that includes a play corner with toys.  It’s a great way for parents and children to get to know each other in a relaxing environment outside the class.

The teacher, Anya Heini is English, but has been living in Lucerne for 15 years.  Her husband is from Lucerne and she herself has 2 small boys.  She has a great deal of singing experience performing both as a soloist and in choirs, musicals and operettas around the world.  She has always loved singing and enjoys passing this passion and enthusiasm on to the class participants.  For older children (aged 7-13) she offers a musical theatre workshop in English during the Easter and Autumn holidays with her colleague Caroline Albert „Englisch mit Spass“ (Part of the „Kreativ-und Sportwoche“ organised by the City of Lucerne).

For more information including course dates and price details, please contact anya.heini@gmx.ch or call 079 79 709 18.

 

Tracy Garand from Scotland with Eloise (aged 5) Leana (aged 3)   I signed up for the singing class when I was looking for a fun activity to do with my 1 year old.   Four years later I am still going with my 5 year old and my 3 year old!  Why?  The classes are an opportunity to spend true quality time with my little ones, on my lap, holding my hands, dancing around with me or simply playing to me as the audience.  The songs are varied, the props are excellent and bring the whole experience to a new level, and Anya is a delightful person to spend time with – very relaxed even when there is the odd tantrum during the class.  The venue is great – we always have lunch there after the class, and finally, I have made great friends there who have also been singing with us for the last 4 years.  

Carla Meyer-Massetti from Switzerland with Angelina (aged 2)   We have been participating in Anyas singing class for almost a year. It’s one of the highlights of our week. We are Swiss, but as a former expat, I enjoy meeting international families. As well as learning new entertaining songs in English that we often sing at home, we have made wonderful new friends. Anya is a very dedicated teacher and brings a lot of personal joy to the class. We will definitely continue!”

charlie.hartmann@livinginluzern.swiss

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.

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