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The Importance of the Early Years
Long before speech develops, babies instinctively rock to music, clap their hands, bounce to the beat, and “sing” along. Numerous studies show that music has a positive effect on children’s reading, math, and science learning, as well as their teamwork skills and mastery of important spatial relationships.
Music contributes to what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” This simply means exposing toddlers to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds – experiences that can forge more pathways between the cells in their brains.
These neural connections will help toddlers in almost every area of school, including reading and mathematics. Just listening to music can make these connections, but the largest impact is when toddlers actively participate in musical activities.
Between the ages of 1 and 3 toddlers respond best to music when they actively experience it. Listening to music, such as in the car, is passive, look for opportunities to engage your child in active listening e.g. rocking, marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat.
Ongoing studies throughout the world conclude that children involved in musical experiences in the early years gain opportunities to experience self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy, engage in pretend play and symbolic thinking, develop cultural awareness, cooperate and build relationships, develop fine and gross motor skills, make connections, support body awareness, practice cognitive skills and concepts, develop literacy and language skills, and much, much more!
Beginning Early is the Key to Providing the Best Start Possible for Young Children
Our creative dance & movement programs are for babies, toddlers & children from 6 months to 8 years. Each program has been purposefully designed to enhance, encourage & strengthen cognitive, social, emotional & physical development in fun learning environment.”
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“I am overwhelmed with how confident Olivia has become! Thank you for bringing that out in her and helping her to learn more about not only dance, but teamwork, loyalty and friendship. We love it!”
Katrina – Olivia 3 yrs