We have lots to say about the importance of what we do...
In our dance classes for babies, tykes, and toddlers, we are purposeful about what and how we teach our little ones. We know young, rapidly-developing brains learn best when presented with extreme opposites which is why we've chosen a conceptual approach to movement learning. In all levels of the Intellidance class (there's a level for the 0-1 age group, 1-2 age group, and 2-4 age group), we explore concepts including speed, size, levels, and body parts and we do this through using movement activities, music instrument play, and sensory props. This play-based approach allows children to learn through all learning styles, kinesthetic, auditory, and visual in a way that is natural and most engaging to them.
The above video from our "Little Beats From Home" collection explores SPEED! We love exploring speed at Little Beats as there are SO many awesome activities when it comes to contrasting fast and slow with creative movement and music. We also love speed because the practice of controlling our movements based on what we hear helps us develop rhythm, self-regulation, and prediction and anticipation skills. Rhythm is vital to everything we do as humans be it speaking language, walking, breathing. Self-regulation is a vital emotional skill that enables us to process our strong feelings and control our behavior in appropriate ways. Prediction and anticipation starts in infancy and continues through life! From babyhood, children are nothing short of little scientists and thrive on opportunities to make guesses and test outcomes. Using movement and their bodies is the first way they begin! This sets the stage for a childhood of problem solving, logical thinking, and a lifetime of discovery.
So, while what we do in Little Beats class is certainly fun and entertaining, know that it is SO much more than that for your child. As a caregiver, you want your child to thrive. To reach their potential in all developmental areas. And so do we! Knowing how critical the first 3 years of life is for their brain and body, you can rest assured that our classes are the best first stop for your growing baby or toddler. Enjoy this video class about speed from home with your child and we hope to see you in class soon!