A soundtrack for life at our Rondebosch branch!

We’re SUPER excited about MUSIC as a catalyst for learning. Our excitement comes from years of experience as we’ve watched the effect that music-based activities have on children. What’s really exciting, is that our experience is continually backed up by research coming from prominent NEUROSCIENTISTS across the world.

If you’re new to Wriggle and Rhyme, we are a MUSIC PROGRAMME for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from 6 months – 6 years old.  Our mission is to introduce children to music-based activities in their early years, because:

  • music is such a fun and highly effective medium for learning! 
  • music brings people together!

So, that’s exactly what our classes aim to do!

Toddler girl playing the shaker
This budding musician is enjoying shaking her shaker to the music at our Rondebosch branch

Music cements info in our brains

Have you ever heard a song and it has brought back a memory?

That memory may include the place where you heard the song, what you were doing at the time, how you felt and sometimes even a sensory trigger, like the memory of a certain taste or smell.

Neuroscientists have analysed the brain mechanisms related to memory, finding that words set to music are the easiest to remember.  We can all relate to that.

Just try and remember anything set to a tune and your powers of recall will be stronger!

The structure of a song helps us to remember, because it provides a rhythm, rhyme and sometimes alliteration, which helps to unlock that information with cues.  The cues can also include things like the melody or the images that the song lyrics evoke.

The soundtrack of our lives

Listen to our RONDEBOSCH branch teacher, Lucinda Brown chat about how music impacts memory here:

Our Rondebosch branch

We caught up with Lucinda this week. She runs our baby and toddler classes from her home in Rondebosch (near the Common).

Lucinda is a highly relational person. She loves that the Wriggle and Rhyme programme gently builds friendships and uses music to stimulate development.

Singing embeds music into children’s memories, which is both a privilege and a responsibility.

Toddler at music class

What are the highlights of teaching Wriggle and Rhyme in Rondebosch?

Wriggle and Rhyme, being a music based program, has great benefits for child development and l see those in action each week.

But for me personally, one of the best things about teaching Wriggle and Rhyme is the relationships that are born. There is a wonderful community of parents and caregivers in Rondebosch and the surrounding southern suburbs.

At Wriggle and Rhyme, people move quickly from being strangers to friends!

I am still in touch with some parents from 5 years ago when l started Wriggle and Rhyme. It is always special when they return with the latest additions to their family, to join the musical adventure again!

I also really enjoy seeing the grown-ups enjoy the classes with their little ones. You can tell that the one-on-one time with their child is very precious!

Adult and toddler at music class

Life is busy and the hour with their child and others in a similar season of life, can be a real lifeline.

l really appreciate seeing happy children getting excited about the songs, fun sounds and all the cute props and instruments that we use to bring the musical adventure to life.

What are some of the challenges of this current season for you?

Personally , l missed my people!

Overseas family had to cancel a much anticipated reunion, holidays forfeited and l found navigating online home learning with my boys tough. They desperately missed their friends and pre-lockdown school environment.

Wriggle and Rhyme Rondebosch teacher, Lucinda with her son
Lucinda and her sons at the W&R 10th birthday party in 2018

My husband was trying to keep his business afloat from home too and l think like everyone, the uncertainty of lockdown had us all on the “corona-coaster” of emotions. 

Like many parents, l was juggling ever-changing part-time school schedules but also trying to keep the grandparents safe.

In terms of Wriggle and Rhyme, I wasn’t sure how it would work during this season.

I knew how much l was missing the face to face interactions with my customers.

Eventually, l made the difficult decision to delay re-opening the branch until everything was calmer.

It was a hard decision, but it was the right decision for me and my family!

Despite the challenges, what has surprised you about re-opening your branch and teaching Wriggle and Rhyme in this season?

Change, no matter how small, can be unsettling. Implementing the W&R Covid Compliance Plan was both unsettling and reassuring.

COVID-19 compliance pack

My first class was initially daunting, as we sanitized hands, filled out a screening questionaire and walked a new route through the garden to the music room.

Setting up for a COVID-compliant class in Rondebosch

But the excitement from the children and happiness of their carers filled my heart. I knew we were back and it was good!

Another good surprise was that l had some new families join. A lot of customers were able to return and others who were unable to, were enjoying the live ONLINE classes offered by Wriggle and Rhyme.

Join Lucinda in Rondebosch for an unforgettable musical adventure with your baby or toddler!

More info here – http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/join