Music class during COVID-19

Music brings families together in Somerset West!

Wriggle and Rhyme’s music and movement programme is driven by a passion for music education in young children. One of the amazing benefits of our classes, is the social interaction that we facilitate for the babies, toddlers and their care-givers.

Looking for connection

Life feels pretty disconnected at the moment. We’re all trying to work out what this “NEW NORMAL” looks like for each of our families.

Finding ways to connect, especially as parents with young children, has become more tricky.

Wriggle and Rhyme is a fun, stimulating, relaxed way to enjoy an outing with your little one, whilst meeting some new friends.

Our music classes are an hour long – 30 minutes of our structured music programme followed by 30 minutes of social time, with refreshments provided for the grown-ups.

For more info on the benefits of MUSIC EDUCATION in young children, please click here – https://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/our-passion/

Even Froggy wears a mask!

We’ve worked hard to make sure that our classes are COVID Compliant with all the necessary protocols in place.

Froggy is loving being back in class!

Parents regularly tell us how our classes are a weekly highlight for both them and their little ones.

Because our classes are so engaging and upbeat, the songs are sung all week long. Songs contribute to the happy and positive memories of these early years together.

Our Somerset West Branch

This week we’re focussing on our SOMERSET WEST branch. This branch is run by Albertina de Lange.

We caught up with Albertina and asked her how she was coping with the “NEW NORMAL”.

Albertina, what have been some of the highlights of running the BABY and TODDLER branch of Wriggle and Rhyme in Somerset West?

I love seeing how excited the little ones get when we begin classes. We start each class with a “tick tock” sound (using a two-tone woodblock) which mimics the sound of a clock. Their faces just light up when they hear that and know that the class is starting.

Watching the children grow through their enjoyment of our music programme is phenomenal. Playing the percussion instruments is always a highlight! We also all love our fun puppet friends who come to visit us during the musical activities!

I also love connecting with the grown-ups during the social time. It’s such a special time for them to connect and make friends too!

We’ve had to make adjustments to our programme to suit this NEW NORMAL. What are some of the challenges of this current season for you?

Our classes have always been small, out of choice, because we’re so passionate about building relationships. But, in order to comply with the current legislation, we’ve had to reduce our class size even more.

This is challenging in terms of my personal income from the classes. We had 3 months of not being able to operate at all, during LOCKDOWN, so it’s been a tough season. I know that many parents are experiencing similar struggles.

Toddler playing a castanet

Despite these challenges, what has surprised you during this season at Wriggle and Rhyme?

The fact that I’ve had so many new moms book for classes in July. That was such a boost for the branch. All of them have re-booked again for the third term, which is such an encouragement.

It really shows me that parents are still desperate to connect and find safe spaces for their little ones.

I think the format of the Wriggle and Rhyme programme creates such a special place to build relationships. I’m excited to be a part of that!

If you’d like to book a spot to join Albertina in her classes next term, please head across to:

http://wriggleandrhyme.co.za

Term 3 classes begin again from Wednesday 12th August 2020.

Albertina de Lange at Wriggle and Rhyme Somerset West
Albertina with her husband, Juan and son, Mason