Why choose a music-based activity for your baby or toddler?

It’s that crazy time of year for parents!  The festive season is finished, the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the normality of routine.  Often, this is the time when parents are making decisions about which activity to try with their baby or toddler.

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.

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

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

Our baby and toddler 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 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.

https://musiceducationworks.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/video-dr-nina-kraus-explains-importance-of-music-on-the-brain-and-learning/

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!

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!

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

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

Click on the link above to find out more …