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  • Increase body-awareness with fun dance sessions
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July 13, 2020

Listening Skills

Music class encourages the development of your bug’s listening skills!

When we sing our well-known (and beloved) songs, which include lots of rhyming and repeating words, we work on strengthening important listening and auditory learning skills – like, active listening, following instructions, and memorization.

July 7, 2020

Egg shakers!

We love to use egg shakers in class, to follow simple movement and rhythmic patterns.

Egg shakers can also influence and increase attention, as well as: ⁣
•Improve impulse control⁣
•Increase self-awareness ⁣
•Physical coordination ⁣
•Better listening, patience, and cooperation⁣
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Egg shakers are fun, colorful and easy for little hands to grab! You can even DIY using household items. Here’s a tutorial: DIY Shaker

One of the many benefits of singing and playing music together with your child(ren) is that it’s a perfect way to teach them about cause and effect.

Without you having to explain a word, through singing and playing, they will learn that shaking the maraca at a fast pace will produce a different sound than moving it more slowly; and, that hitting the drum harder will make a louder sound than if they hit it softly.

You can also ask them to make loud music or soft music, or to play slow or fast, etc. Questions like these help them make the connection between the concepts they are learning and the words attached to them.

Large movement songs are some of the best activities you can do for your child’s gross motor skills development. Through these songs, little ones work on their concentration and cognitive skills; also, on balance, coordination, and spatial awareness, while strengthening big muscle groups of their legs, arms, chest and core.

Apart from our free dance, some of the large movement activities we do in class are: lap songs like “Row Your Boat” and “Wheels On The Bus;” rhyme songs like “Jack Be Nimble” and “Shoo fly,” which allow for full movement of arms; and, of course, our choreographed dance songs like “This-A-Way, That-A-Way” and “Superduper Supersaurus,” which also work on their listening skills and ability to follow instructions.

Any action song or activity where kids can jump, bounce, skip, hop, etc, is great for their gross motor movement too. Gross motor play is such a vital part of a young child’s development and truly something that needs to be part of every kiddo’s day. And, in these times of staying at home, these are an awesome way to get those wiggles and jiggles that your kiddos need out, when the circumstances have you trapped inside.

June 5, 2020

Repetition is key!

In class, we often remind everyone that “repetition is key.” We repeat the same song a few times in a row, and the same song set a couple of weeks in a row, before moving on to new songs. This is key for learning, as it is through repetition that we see progress and, gain mastery of new skills and concepts, all of which help children build a strong sense of self-confidence.

Also, repeating actions (in our case, songs) encourages the learning of cause and effect, consequences, and helps little ones remember and build their memory.

In addition, repetition also helps a child predict what’s coming and understand -and keep- routines, which provides them with comfort and a sense of safety. And, it provides children with the necessary tools for self-control and, to cope with transitions and adjustments later on.

When screen time is interactive, it can be quite beneficial!

We understand that as a parent, screen time may be concerning but, did you know that interactive screen time helps babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn? 

Ladybug Music classes are now online, allowing your child to continue singing, dancing, playing and having fun from the comfort of home. Our classes are live streamed, interactive and require adult-participation. Parents are the interactive element in joint media engagement providing a lead role for children to imitate and learn from.

Classes are in session and tuition is automatically prorated for late registration.

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Dancing is an important way of expression, for people of all ages and cultures. It is a great way to improve strength and flexibility, coordination, range of motion, sense of space, and balance. In addition, dancing helps children develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.

During our FREE DANCE, every week (with scarves, ribbons, parachute, etc.), your child is working in all of the skills mentioned above, when you dance together. And, by imitating you, they feel comfortable and encouraged to express themselves, creatively, through movement – which is freeing and promotes a self-confidence.

Plus, when you share the experience of dancing together, it’s another opportunity to bond with your little bug, and boosts feelings of happiness. So, let’s dance, dance, dance!

 

Every week, at our Ladybug Music® classes, we sing a lullaby during our “cozy time.” Over the course of our 10-week sessions, we sing the same lullaby, so that we’re all familiar with it, and everyone can sing along -even some little ones will join in on the fun after a few weeks! Singing the same lullaby, at the same moment in class, every week, helps children develop a sense of structure and discipline. Plus, they gain all of the wonderful benefits of singing lullabies together.

Singing lullabies to your child(ren) helps regulate their emotions, and calms them down, making it easier for them to fall asleep. It also stimulates their language and cognitive development, and helps to establish a routine. And, most importantly, it strengthens the emotional bond between caregiver and child, and fosters a sense of security.

So, make sure to create your own routine that includes a lullaby… and, sing, sing, sing!

 

A family favorite is “Great Big Stars.”

 Take a listen!

This week, we’re introducing a song about the Roraima black frog, or Roraima bush toad, which is less than 1 inch long and lives only in the summit of Mount Roraima, in the tripoint of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. When threatened, it turns itself into a little ball and rolls off the rocks.

At Ladybug Music®, we sing about lots of different animals that do exist, like this black frog, the zedonk, and the blobfish. Some are cute, some are weird, but all have fun songs to sing to! Join us, as we sing about the little black frogs from Mt. Roirama, this winter.

Join us!