I hear from parents all of the time how important it is for their child to gain socialization skills. If you are like any of these parents too, I have three great musical activities to help your child build their social skills.
Let's face it, true success in the world is built on healthy and successful relationships, not just a high IQ. While academics are important, they may only get us so far. Without having a strong foundation in our ability to nurture relationships and make meaningful connections, we can potentially miss out on powerful opportunities in the world.
Music is a natural promotor of building meaningful bonds with others and healthy, creative collaboration. Try these three playful activities to give your child more opportunity to build healthy social skills.
Synchronized movements: On your next playdate, facilitate this musical activity with your child and their friend or friends. Play music that you know will engage your child. Pick 5 movements to move through...
Occasionally, one of the most common struggles we see in class is the "power struggle" between a parent and child.
You know the one I'm talking about... where your child or another child in proximity is having a hard time plugging into class, making the transition into a new environment, or simply needing to find ways to get their parent's attention? It's par for the course, yet can still be challenging to say the least.
Sometimes, they try hard, kicking and screaming, or just crying intensely to resist this transition or engaging in an activity with you. And, sometimes it's a bit more subtle where they seek out your attention in a silly way by making you chase them around the room or store, etc.
Most likely, your child is feeling a disconnect from you. They don't know how to express this in words, which can often times feel frustrating, so they express it in anyway they think they will get your attention to establish feeling fully seen and held by your presence. Connection is k...
Hobbies are an important part of any kid’s life. They are a source of fun, socialization, and learning, but they are also crucial in teaching a child about perseverance, discipline, and self-improvement. While pretty much any hobby can be a wonderful influence on a child’s life, the following three are particularly beneficial for their development and well-being.
Consistently across all these hobbies, the best way to save money is to keep an eye out for discounts and rebates for supplies. This is especially true for expensive hobbies with specialist equipment, like music or sports. That said, we will recommend specific retailers and other key tips for each one to help you keep costs low while engaging your kids in important new skills.
Playing an Instrument
What Are the Benefits?
The benefits of playing an instrument for a child are extensive and well-documented. They include improved memory, perseverance, and coordination, as well as helping with academic skills like math and reading and...
Put some classical music on and dance with your little one or have it playing in the background during their independent play.
Create a musical corner in your home with pictures of musical notes and famous composers, some basic instruments, like egg shakers, tambourines, rain sticks, scarves for dancing, and CD player or Bluetooth speaker where they can pick the music they want to listen, dance or play along to.
These are just a few fun ideas sure to give you and your little love musical experiences that are enriching, fun and create meaningful memories! To learn more about the...
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us develop our awareness in mind, body and heart. One of the ways to do this practice is to focus our attention in concentration on one object at a time. Usually, this object is the breath. In doing so, we begin to develop awareness of our current state of mind, feelings that arise, how we are feeling in our body, and through our senses. This also helps us develop the part of our brain to take a pause before we react out of excitement, fear, frustration, etc.
A mindfulness practice with your little one can be simple, peaceful, very beneficial and effective!
Your mindfulness challenge: Follow the Breath
You know that precious moment when your little one is curled up in your arms, maybe sleeping, or simply resting peacefully? Well, in this moment, bring your focus to your breath, let your breathing be natural and notice your belly and chest rise and fall, while your little one rests in the ebb and flow of your breath. Anytime you notice your m...
I am always thinking about how I can support parents in getting the most out of their little one's learning experiences.
You may already know that there are multiple learning styles, but if you don't, you do now.
First, let's start with the list:
Multiple Learning Styles
Now let's tie music and movement to these learning styles, and you will begin to see what kind of learner your child is and how to support them as they continue to grow and develop.
Visual: These children learn by observing and have a keen sense of their surroundings. They tend to come off as shy and reserved, which may sometimes be true, but they are indeed learning and soaking up their experience through observation. Often, parents will be surprised to find their child singing (knowing the words to the songs), dancing...
Blanket Forts! Kids will play here for hours! Give them a flashlight, some books, a cd player and CDs.
An Empty Milk Carton and Some Puffy Pom, Poms?! Kids will love putting them in the hole of the milk carton. This is also great for developing fine motor skills. (Keep an eye on young children who might pop these in their mouths).
Walk the Line! Tape a line on the floor. Walk across it, then have your little one try. They will love attempting to stay on the line, and it will help them develop their balance more too.
Dance! Put on some music and dance with scarves!
Play Along Percussion Set! Create a box of percussion instruments out of household items (pots, pans, tupperware bowls, wooden spoons, dried beans in a small sealed container, what else?) and play along to instrumental music!
Indoor bowling! Put some objects on the floor and roll a ball to try and knock them down. I suggest using a "Gertie" ball like we do in music class. It...
One of the things I love about music is that it gives us a sense of passion and purpose! It is a driving force in our everyday lives. Whether we are listening to the radio, iTunes, a CD, maybe even a vinyl record, we can always count on music driving us in some way. When we shift from not only listening but to also playing and creating music ourselves..., well that is a whole new level and moving force that permeates and elevates the whole of our very being. THIS is what I adore about supporting parents and their little loves on their musical journey. It's so much more than a 45-minute music and movement class, once a week! And, I think our community of families would agree.
In early childhood, kids are soaking up every bit of their experiences, and they grow and develop so subtly, yet so fast. This small window of opportunity is vast in its entirety. Don't miss out on spending time with your little one this spring in helping them to bloom and grow in music, movement and min...
I took my 4-year-old son to the doctor last week. (No biggie, he just has a little cold and ear infection.) He REALLY likes the doctor's office, so it can be hard to drag him out of there! Many many questions, and a lot of interest in the different instruments and tools. As we were getting shoes on, putting away the book he'd been reading, etc., and he inevitably started dawdling. So I found myself improvising some lines of I Will Survive:
"Go on now go
Walk out the door
Let's get a move on
Don't need to be here anymore..."
We finally made it out the exam room door, where our doctor was filling out some paperwork and chuckling... at us! It was definitely pretty ridiculous, so I laughed back and said "hey, it works!"
It got me thinking - I've been making up little songs and singing to my son throughout his whole life. Part of it is to keep me sane and help me cope with difficult parenting moments. (Some of my greatest mommy hits were spontaneously composed while changing the grossest...