You'll need the Zoom app installed on your device: get it here! It's free to download and use, and you can usually log in either with an account or without one.
Some people find a place to balance a tablet so a toddler can see it, or connect a device to their TV for a bigger picture. Separate speakers might give you a better sound quality.
Follow the joining link from your e-mail or the Culture Tots Community Facebook Group, and the Zoom call should open up.
You start in a virtual waiting room, and I'll let you in when the class is ready to start!
You can choose between gallery view (every person is the same size) or Active Speaker view - where one video is much bigger than the rest. If you choose Active Speaker then click on the options for my stream and pin it, then you'll always see me!
Please rename your screen name to show your first name, and your child(ren)'s first name(s) - this helps me use names a lot through the session, which the children love! Do this by right clicking or tapping on the three dots on the top right of your picture and choosing rename.
Join in Your Way
I will keep your sound muted for most of the session, so feel free to chat to your little one and encourage them in the activities!
We have different actions suggested for parents with young babies, and older children - but I can do only one at once! So please do adapt whatever movement we're doing to best suit you and your child.
Please enable video for at least the beginning of the session, so that I can be sure of your identity. If you wish to switch the video off at any point throughout the class, that's fine, though remember I won't find it so easy to respond to your child by name if I can't see them!
Just So You Know...
When we use recorded music, or if my little girl starts singing too loudly, the sound can go wonky! If you can't hear something you should, please show me with a thumbs down, and a thumbs up if the sound starts working again!
We'll mostly have your sound muted, which means nobody else will hear your singing (!) Apparently this works best as otherwise, with slow internet connections, everyone is singing out of time.
You can unmute yourself if you want to say anything, by pressing and holding the space bar, or pressing unmute in the top right hand corner of the picture of you! You can also use the messaging feature to pop me a message.
No worries about joining in halfway through a session if that suits your day!