|Posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM|
Kindermusik babies are happy babies!
This week in class we continued to explore different movements such as up, down, curvy, straight, side to side, etc. The growth and development of your child's brain is directly linked to movement. When we combine movement with language (labeling the movement for our child), optimal learning is taking place!
Although the big group dances with coordinated movements may seem like a lot of work for you (as you are the one carrying your 20lb child while I happily say, "One more time!"), they are worth every bit of sweat and tired arms. Circle dances like the ones we do in class help promote a sense of community for the babies. They see all of us moving together (hopefully!), repeating the same movement words together, and they feel that coordination of movement and language. Also of utmost importance? The repeated patterns as babies brains thrive on patterns!
Although we didn't get to it in class this week, last week we did "Morning Song" where we sang about different animals and made the corresponding animal sounds. Continue to do that at home and try adding a picture of the animal you are singing about to make it a multi-sensory experience for your child!
And lastly, last week and this week we sang an ascending and descending scale while moving up and down your baby's body. We started by singing on the syllable "la" and then explored other easily repeated syllables such as "da" and "bum". Today one of our babies (who turns one this weekend) started repeating "bum" with us and was even trying to put pitch with the syllable! How exciting! Don't underestimate what your baby may be capable of...they are extraordinary little people!
Thanks for taking the time to read this; I hope you find it helpful! Enjoy your "At Home Materials" and I will see you next week!
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