Music builds friendships at our Claremont branch

Wriggle and Rhyme’s music and movement programme is driven by our passion for music education in young children. Our baby and toddler programmes run from branches in Fish Hoek, Meadowridge, Claremont, Rondebosch, Somerset West and Melkbosstrand.

The past 5 months have been a season of disconnection. As communities, we’ve needed to distance ourselves from one another in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this period, we’ve realised that we are hardwired for connection. Our children need to interact with each other for their emotional wellbeing.

Musical friendships

Our Wriggle and Rhyme baby and toddler classes are an hour long. The first 30 minutes is a fun, relaxed but structured musical programme. The second 30 minutes is social time with refreshments provided for the grown-ups.

This means that, not only is music lighting up little brains at our classes, but friendships are also forming.

Little boy playing musical instruments

Budding musicians growing together

Babies socialise through every human interaction that they enjoy. This is formatively through their care-givers or family members. However, babies do enjoy being around other babies. They learn to engage around fresh environments and interact with different toys etc.

Very young children socialise initially by “parallel playing” or playing alongside each other. Toddlers are completely unaware of social rules, so as they explore their world, they naturally bump up against each other. Learning to share, take turns, compromise etc. are all important developmental steps in building functional relationships.

At Wriggle and Rhyme, we are passion about using music as a catalyst for all kinds of development.

This includes social skills.

Listen to our CLAREMONT teacher, Clarice Pechau-Whitton, chat about one of our Wriggle and Rhyme friends, Little Bunny Foo Foo. He struggles to play nicely with his friends and has to gently learn how to be kind:

Our Claremont branch

We caught up with Clarice this week. She runs our baby and toddler classes from her home in Harfield Village, Claremont.

She is passionate about bringing families together through music. She loves that the Wriggle and Rhyme programme gently builds friendships and teaches social skills, in an age appropriate way.

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

I love watching how the children start to come out of their shells and dance and sing along to the songs. The first time they find their “froggy tongues” when we sing the Froggy song, is such a highlight for me!

It just shows how much they’re absorbing from the classes.

Another firm favourite is when I bring out the wooden Frog sound and at the first strike of the instrument, all the kids just stop. They immediately start looking around for Froggy.

When we start singing the song, they stretch out their sweet little hands and begin to try to sing along with me.

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

For me, it was a milestone just getting over the mind set of COVID and having people in my home again.

COVID compliant class in Claremont
[Clarice’s COVID compliant classes are much smaller to allow for distancing between the adults.]

With my first post lockdown class I was really nervous, but equally overjoyed to see my little friends again.

During one of the first songs of the programme, I got quite emotional and had to swallow down the tears of joy in my throat. I realised JUST HOW MUCH I had missed singing and having my classes.

I am SO happy that I have been able to reopen, as it has been amazing teaching little people again. I really missed it during lockdown, and I think they did too!  

Despite the challenges, what has been one of the surprises of teaching Wriggle and Rhyme during this season?

Online teaching was a big surprise for me. It was amazing how quickly the little ones just took to it. They follow all my instructions beautifully and thoroughly enjoy the classes.

ONLINE music class in Claremont
Clarice teaching her little Wriggle and Rhymers in an ONLINE class

I remember we had just finished one of my online classes and one of the little girls just looked at me and said, “but I want more!”

Another surprise is just how these little people are SO resilient and how they bounce back quickly and just picked up where we left off.

It made me realise again, how much they need connection and friendships. Children are simply amazing little people!

Wriggle and Rhyme Claremont

Join Clarice in Claremont for an unforgettable musical adventure with your baby or toddler!

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