Month: February 2014

Bouncing Babies!

Bouncing is such a delightful activity for babies! But did you know about the benefits of bouncing? When we bounce baby, we are stimulating baby’s vestibular system. This is a fancy way of saying we are working on balance and coordination. As you bounce baby on your lap, baby has to adjust his posture in order to stay up right. Baby is also feeling the steady beat as you bounce, bounce, bounce to a rhyme or tune developing beat awareness and coordination. As we bounce from left to right, we are also developing lateralization – feeling the difference between left and right. And in this particular bouncing exercise in the video, we also play with tempo and up and down – helping baby learn the concepts of fast, slow, high and low through the senses, hearing the words, feeling the differences in movement and watching the other moms and babies.

Who knew that a singing, bouncing activity could be so beneficial… well certainly Miss Mandi and our Kindermusik families do… now you do too!

 

Melodic Dictation – Oh So Many Benefits!!!!

Our Tuesday evening Kindermusik for the Young Child Semester 2 class is full of super high energy kids! The parents will certainly attest to that when they join us for sharing time because they are completely different children when moms, dads and siblings are around. But you can hardly blame them, they LOVE their Kindermusik class and they LOVE having the parents join us to share! They can hardly contain their excitement! And sometimes, that excitement is difficult to contain in class without the parents too – but they are actually really good listeners. And some moments are incredible and magical…. like the one in this video….