What to expect from Wriggle and Rhyme music classes in Term 2?

Our baby, toddler and pre-school music classes in Cape Town have started …

The air is getting cooler in Cape Town … a sure sign that winter is on its way. The second term of schooling has begun across the Mother City, and so have our baby, toddler and pre-school music classes.

With so many activities and extra-murals on offer these days, it can be confusing for parents to know what’s best for their child.

Wriggle and Rhyme is a unique music and movement programme offered for babies and toddlers across our branches in Fish Hoek, Constantia, Meadowridge, Claremont, Rondebosch, Panorama and Melkbosstrand. Our pre-schools music programme runs as an extra-mural at partner Pre-Schools across Cape Town.

This term our blogs will focus on WHAT TO EXPECT from our programme with a special, weekly focus on each of our branches.

There is increasing research that shows the benefits of play-based learning for pre-school children and younger.  This is the idea that children learn best when it’s through play.

http://theconversation.com/play-based-learning-can-set-your-child-up-for-success-at-school-and-beyond-91393

The reality is that children’s brains are like sponges, learning and soaking up information in everything they do.

Toddler enjoying playing a musical instrument at Wriggle and Rhyme Meadowridge

Our baby and toddler music classes have been designed to harness this.

At Wriggle and Rhyme, we use a very relaxed approach with gentle structure for our classes, coming from our termly theme.  This theme takes the children on a IMAGINARY MUSICAL ADVENTURE.  This adventure allows them to experience and explore, with gentle direction from our experienced teachers.

Our pre-school music classes take the musical adventure even further!

Once children reach 3 years and older, we stretch their musical appreciation, listening and language development even further. We do this by using an even wider variety of songs, percussion instruments, rhythmic patterns, musical games, dramatic expression, musical concepts and notation, in each of our termly themes.

For example, in our Grade R programme this term, we’re exploring the theme OPPOSITES ARE FUN! We use visual, movement and musical opposites to encourage the children to grasp the concept of opposites in their world. It’s a rich, deep and exciting learning adventure each week!

Pre-School music class exploring the concept of OPPOSITES in life and music.

Our musical adventure lights up children’s brains …

Our teachers are excited to bring out the joy and wonder that music-based activities offer, whilst giving the children scope to explore and experience at their own pace.

We’re SO passionate about what we do!

We see the remarkable effect that music-based learning has on growing brains, but also because we have SCIENCE to back us up.

Ongoing research in the field of Neuroscience shows that music-based activities stimulate growing brains in the most astounding way.

We love the work of Dr. Nina Kraus.  She is a professor at Northwestern University, Illinois, investigating the neural encoding of speech and music and its effect on brain plasticity.

Functional MRI scans show that intentional music-based activities activate all areas of the brain.  This means that we can light up children’s brains, effectively giving them a full brain workout. All the while, they’re having so much fun and making new friends too!

Growing musicians - baby, toddler and pre-school music classes

We really hope to welcome you and your little one to our classes this term!

And … whatever you decide … make sure you investigate intentionally MUSIC-BASED activities for your child.  The research will blow you away!

Our baby and toddler classes take place in MELKBOSSTRAND, PANORAMA, RONDEBOSCH, CLAREMONT, MEADOWRIDGE, CONSTANTIA and FISH HOEK.

http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/our-classes

Click on the link above to find out more …