Happy half term.
Half term this week 17th -21st Feb – just a few exceptions: St Nich’s on Tuesday, Cheadle on Wednesday and Chorlton Friday ( half term next week for these sessions).
This music class for your baby or child is great for brain building and fun too! Rhythm and Rhyme is a funky and independent, local music group that has been providing fun, yet educational music classes for babies and young children in Manchester, Stockport and Trafford for over a decade.
Laughing, learning, singing, rhyming and bouncing for 0-5s.
Puppets, songs, dance, music parachute play, instruments, bubbles and balls all contained in a Rhythm and Rhyme session.
Rhythm and Rhyme is funky and fresh and full of new ideas. “This is the best toddler group ever!” Molly’s mum, Chorlton.
Things you might like to know:
Almost 90% of the brain develops in the first five years.
Neuro imaging shows that singing involves large swathes of both sides of the brain and uses and develops both sides of the brain.
As babies and young children bounce, laugh and clap through a Rhythm and Rhyme session the best kind of learning is taking place – active and fun!
The programme links with the national ‘early years foundation stage’ framework, which celebrates the development of young children, recognising that babies are competent learners from birth.
Sessions have been designed to accelerate babies’ learning in this vital early stage of life.
Songs and rhymes
Babies’ brains are built for music. They pick out high and low sounds before they recognise words and more often than not try to sing before they can speak! The repetition of tunes and words forge new pathways in their brains.
At Rhythm and Rhyme we always start with a few songs that encourage babies’ natural impulse to communicate and experiment with their voices.
” I’m convinced that Kurt’s speech is so good because of Rhythm and Rhyme.” Sarah, Bramhall.
Big Drum and pre-school instruments
This is the noisy bit for grown ups but for babies the relationship between cause and effect is an important one. Children learn to enjoy learning through imitation, exploring and playing.
“Finding enjoyment in making noise is one of the most exciting early experiences that babies and toddlers have. And one of the most important aspects of this enjoyment comes from sharing the excitement with other children and adults.”
National Literacy trust
Playing with the parachute provides the perfect opportunity for babies to explore through touch, sight, sound and movement. Waving at each other, playing BOO in a big way and rolling balls around together develops confidence and a sense of belonging.
” I’ve never been to a group with such a lovely atmosphere – there’s a real warmth to it!” Becky, Timperley.
Whether it be Abba or the Hokey Cokey dancing and moving with your baby develops balance and movements crucial for sitting, crawling and walking.
Listening time is a favourite with babies and parents.
‘We were listening to some really beautiful guitar music and blowing bubbles for all the babies. It was just magical.” Evie’s mum Chorlton.
Rhythm and Rhyme links with the early years/foundation stage curriculum and has been approved by Manchester City Council’s Education Services.