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We are very lucky in this day and age to have so many amazing baby and toddler groups in our local area. We love the experts sharing the many benefits of their fantastic classes. Today, Rachael Hickson the owner of the wonderful Boogie Beat Music and Movement Preston, Blackpool & Fylde, Shares the Benefits of Music and Movement.
Music and Movement is a fantastic way of encouraging the social and emotional development of both babies and children. Our Boogie Beat workshops and classes deliver a variety of engaging and stimulating learning opportunities through the use of Music and Movement.
Music and Movement allows both babies and children to explore the movement of their bodies in a safe and creative environment. At Boogie Beat we combine traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes alongside beautiful dance and movement themes to help tell traditional stories whilst using all our own composed music and illustrations. All of this allows imaginations to come to life.
Our workshops and classes allow the children and babies to be lively, energetic and grow in confidence as they dance and sing. Boogie Beat uses toy box songs, we experiment with instruments, scarves and beanbags and use delightful classical music to inspire all senses, allowing all ages from babies up to school age to enjoy our structured lesson plans.
Our workshops and classes are educational and cover all seven aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The Benefits of Music and Movement in Children
Here are just some of the many ways in which Boogie Beat can support a child through their early years and some of the many benefits of our sessions;
? Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
? Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.
? Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
? Literacy development involves giving children access to a wide range of stories, songs and rhymes; to ignite their interest.
? Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers.
? Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
? Expressive arts and design involves providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of music, movement, dance and role-play.
We can use Music and Movement to support children and babies with special educational needs which is something that we take great pride in – both baby and child develop their communicational, sensory and physical needs, but most importantly have fun!!
Our Boogie Beat Music and Movement workshops run within Nurseries and Primary Schools covering Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and After School Clubs– bringing new creative and imaginative ideas into schools and nurseries to enthuse both children and Teachers/Nursery Nurses.
The children can experience the variety of carefully planned activities tailored to their setting. We use music and movement to develop teamwork and the activities are great physical exercise for the children, allowing their confidence, expression and creative ideas to develop. Language and communication skills are strengthened as the children take part in this.
There are also great benefits of introducing Baby to Music and Movement in their first 12 months of life, this is something we are asked about a lot, but here are just some reasons why it is so important;
Introducing your baby to music and songs is an easy and enjoyable way to interact with your baby in his first year and can help set the stage for lifelong musical development. Plus, playing together with music can brighten their mood, benefit their brain, and boost their language skills.
Dance helps your baby to develop a good sense of rhythm, form, time and flow. Your babe-in-arms will internalise the rhythmic movements and continue developing the understanding of a steady beat, the underlying, unchanging, repeating steady pulse he would have heard during pregnancy. When dancing while holding your baby, you are replicating vestibular stimulation he would have experienced in utero – the rocking and swaying. This helps to calm your baby, helps him feel secure and provides many lovely parent/baby bonding opportunities. Dance allows for imitation, repetition, coordination and exploration of movement to the rhythm, mood and feeling of music. Dances and songs provide opportunities for memory training and coordination, even at this early stage.
Read our Review on the fabulous Boogie Beat Music and Movement classes by clicking here