Humming, Singing, Moving, Learning,

Dancing, Moving, Co-ordinating
By Sasha Judelson on 3 November 2017

You may find your self surprised at how much we move in our Music Together® classes! I remember as a Music Together mom carrying one (and sometimes two) children; and although being glad to be dancing as well as glad of the exercise, finding myself curious as to why we moved so much. You already know from the Learning and Exploring blog and from your teacher that kids and adults naturally want to move to music and particularly for kinesthetic learners.

     Movement supports gross and small motor skills through:

     dancing

     fingerplay

     chants

     playing instruments,  to name but a few. 

While we move we are also supporting spatial awareness and bi-lateral co-ordination. Bilateral co-ordination is the ability to move both sides of the body in either a co-ordinated fashion or differently. It's a learned and fairly complex skill so we want to give growing kids plenty of opportunities to explore the possibilities by varying our moves, alternating legs, only moving one arm and then adding in the other, shaking eggs, and varying speeds. (You can try all of these at home too!!)

Spatial awareness is a developed skill, it's learned both while we aren't moving, when we become aware of what and who are around us and when we are moving, when we need to develop that awareness so that we don't bump into each other. (Breathe easy now if your child is one of those who bumps into others, it's all part of naturally developing skills!!) By dancing and moving with others in class and at home kids and babies become aware of their own movements and the movements of others and how the space around them is changing. That in turn helps them work out how to run in the playground, sit in a circle, give you a hug or stand in line etc.

These are complex skills, developed over time and gradually. While we are supporting the skills in class you can too, simply by putting on a piece of music with a fast beat. Let us know what songs you choose for your at home dance party!!

Learning & Exploring!
By Sasha Judelson on 4 October 2017

Welcome to our blog!

One of the best things about starting each session is watching and realising how each of the babies and kids absorb the information which is offered to them in class. It can be somewhat disconcerting as an adult or parent if you aren't sure what to look for or even if you are seeing anything signficant being taken in by your child! Firstly, don't worry :) babies and kids take in far more than we can ever imagine and certainly more than it appears, even when they have their back to the action!!

There's a more formal term for how your child learns which is "Approaches to Learning", it's more of an umbrella term. In class we most often see the following learning styles:

- visual learners

- kinesthetic learners

- auditory learner

To dig a little deeper: 

Visual Learners

Are those who absorb information by seeing it. You won't necessarily see them repeating the action at the same time but you might notice a visual learner taking in  information by watching and looking. Sometimes watching the teachers though also at the other adults in the room. (It keeps us all honest to keep modelling for all the kids when we notice a child learning by seeing.)

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners are people who learn by moving, they are experiencing and experimenting by moving their own body. They won't always be moving in the same way as the teacher, parent or adult caregiver but are trying out the ideas to see how it feels and fits their body. You'll notice a kinesthetic learner by their desire to move and "do".

Auditory Learners

The last of the predominant learning styles, auditory learners are those who learn by listening and by then, at some point, using their listening and repeating skills to sort the information they have absorbed. Auditory learners really need to hear what they are learning and remember a lot of the information they are presented with just by hearing it.

It's important to remember that no one learning style is "better", it's a case of which fits your child and what you might perceive as their learning style when they are very young can also evolve. As we meet our children where they are developmentally, rather than expect them to meet us, understanding their learning style is hugely helpful. As parents and caregivers we all want to give our kids the very best we can, realising your child's learning style is one of the steps towards supporting your baby or child's healthy development.

What learning style do you think your child has?