little beats blog
While two-year-old's LOVE dance, they are challenged by the experience of a structured class. Dance class for this age can take the form of organized chaos and let's be honest, it can be stressful for parents, teachers, and the little tots themselves!
Inspired from the wonderful book called "A Moving Child is a Learning Child" by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy. This book was recommended by my friend and mentor, Jessica (founder of Intellidance); there are so many awesome nuggests I can't help but share! So this is the first of my book club series where I will be sharing little clips of insight on on movement and early childhood development.
Insights from "A Moving Child is a Learning Child" by Gill Connell and Cheryll McCarthy.
Many people write about our society's tendendency to physically contain children. Whether it's for their own safety or for our own convenience, there is certainly a time and place for seats, strollers, carriers, gates, slings, and basinetts. But as we know, mind and body are working simultaneously to help a child grow therefore too much containment can be equally (though less visibly) restricting to mental development as well.
There is nothing more adorable than tiny, high-pitched, cartoony toddler voices with lots and lots to say. It is truly remarkable how quickly your child’s language development can sometimes creep up on you. One day it’s babbling, and it can seem like the next day, it’s full sentences.
Infants begin communicating with their world immediately. In the first few days, weeks and months of life, babies learn different cries to show different needs, they learn some early sounds and how to make eye contact with their parents and caregivers.
Daily routines are events (like mealtime, nap time, bath-time, and bedtime) that happen at about the same time and in the same way each day. There is a major difference between a ‘routine’ and a ‘schedule,’ as the word ‘schedule’ seems to have a clear expectation of time associated with it
Ever notice how all toddlers tend to fight and tantrum when cleaning up a favorite toy, turn taking with a friend or get buckled into a highchair? These all represent a transition for your little one. Toddlers do not learn how to control their impulses and to develop self-control until later in their third year of life.
Check out this article about the Rock-a-Baby program founded by Marc Trachtenberg from Providence RI and why it's such a fantastic music class for infants and tots. Marc was definitely on to something when he saw how the power of music can be used to engage young children but that it should ALSO be fun for the grown ups!