Why choose a music-based activity this term?

This strange season of COVID is beginning to ease a bit. Life is starting to return to a level of normality. Perhaps you’re looking for an activity for your baby or toddler to enjoy over the next few months?

With so many BABY and TODDLER activity groups out there, sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming.

Wriggle and Rhyme is a music programme, so it’s obvious that using MUSIC as a catalyst for learning is our passion.

Music classes for toddlers in Claremont, Cape Town
Instruments for little hands: Each child has a set of beautiful percussion instruments to play during the classes!

Here’s why we’re so passionate about MUSIC as a catalyst for learning. We’ve worked hard to harness what MUSIC offers into our unique programme for BABIES and TODDLERS.

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.

This article explains the benefits of play-based learning really well:

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

Children’s brains are like sponges

They are constantly learning and developing through everything that they do.

Our BABY and TODDLER music classes have been designed to harness this. We create a safe, fun, relaxed but structured environment for little ones to explore using music-based activities.

The gentle structure for our classes, comes from our termly theme.  This theme takes the children on an IMAGINARY MUSICAL ADVENTURE.  This adventure allows them to experience and explore, with gentle direction from our trained and experienced teachers.

Click on this link to hear more from our PROGRAMME DIRECTOR about the history of our programme and what to expect from our classes:

Our musical adventure lights up children’s brains

Our teachers are excited to bring out the joy and depth that music-based learning offers. This, whilst giving the children scope to explore and experience at their own pace.

Music matters when it comes to brain development

We see the remarkable effect that music-based learning has on growing brains in our classes. We also have a growing field of NEUROSCIENCE 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!

Whatever you choose for your child, make sure you’ve investigated MUSIC-BASED programmes.  The research will blow you away!

By the way, there are a few other things that we’re passionate about too:

Keeping our groups small – to adhere to our COVID Compliance plan. It also helps children to build friendships.

Keeping our classes great value for money!

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

We offer our BABY and TODDLER music classes in:

CLAREMONT

FISH HOEK

MEADOWRIDGE

MELKBOSSTRAND

RONDEBOSCH

SOMERSET WEST

More info here – http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/join