In our Wriggle and Rhyme classes each week, we use music as a catalyst for learning and development with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. We use a different theme each term to engage with the children, at their different stages of development.
Building a healthy sense of self
Music has a role to play in building a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
Building self-worth begins from an early age. As a starting point, it’s important to create a safe and secure environment where children can thrive. This gives their brains a platform from which to grow in social and emotional maturity. This safety and security begins at home.
As parents we have the awesome privilege of nurturing our child/ren’s emotional development. This involves coaching our children on their own worth, understanding difference, growing healthy friendships, sharing, caring and dealing with conflict.
Coaching and connecting the dots
Just today, I was driving my 10 year old home from school, and we were discussing a little boy we know who struggles with aggressive and anti-social behaviour. My son remarked that this little boy is doing so much better. I asked him why he thought that was the case. My son replied that it’s because he’s found a group of friends who accept him and are kind to him. Ain’t that the truth!?!
I am because we are
At Wriggle and Rhyme this term, our oldest pre-schooler music programme’s theme is MUSICAL UBUNTU.
UBUNTU is the African phrase that can be translated as “I am because we are”. It’s the idea that an individual thrives when the collective thrives.
Here’s more info if you’re interested – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_philosophy
In this music programme, we use music to explore self worth, social skills and conflict resolution.
One of the highlights of the programme is exploring different instruments of the orchestra. We use each instrument as an example of beauty and difference. We think about how each instrument has something very special to contribute to the orchestra but is also beautiful on its own.
From the mouths of little people
Today, one of our pre-school teachers called me to tell me a beautiful story from one of the classes.
She was exploring these themes with the children, and they were discussing what makes each one of them special.
There was a precious interaction that followed. One child commented on how special another one was because they were adopted. A little conversation ensued with such sensitivity and gentleness on how every family is different.
The class then went on with the singing and movement and our teacher was left with a lump in her throat.
“I’m special, I’m special, me, me me. There’s no-one else like me that you can see, see, see”.
Embedding positivity with music
Music has such a special role in helping children to embed positive truths about how valuable they are, into their brains.
We feel so privileged to be able to play a small role in helping children to build a healthy and positive image of themselves.
You can find our original “I’m special” song on our BUSH BABIES album. Available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or whichever streaming service you use.
More info here – http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/our-music