From daily activities in the classroom, to our annual Crazy Hair Disco, September has brought extra focus on the benefits of music and movement here at Macarthy Road Education & Childcare.
Our early childhood educators are strong believers in music and movement as a way of teaching the whole child and benefiting them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.
We find that children learn best when they experience song and dance together, as it’s not only fun and engaging, but it’s an effective teaching tool which stimulates a wealth of learning dispositions and skills.
At our Marsden childcare centre, we use singing to promote active involvement in the development of strong communication skills and learning concepts. These include:
- Improved Vocabulary
- Development of Language Comprehension
- Improved Memory
- And Increased Focus
This could be practicing the words to a song and using visual aids and motions to help memorise it.
We also incorprate dancing, which has a wide range of both physical and mental attributes, including:
- Increased muscular strength
- Improved muscle tone
- Better co-ordination, agility and flexibility
- Improved balance and spatial awareness
- Increased physical confidence
- Greater self-confidence and self esteem
- Better social skills
Doing this as a group, not only benefits the indivual in these areas, but also teaches children to co-exist and learn together as a team.
Incorporating both music and movement into our early childhood education curriculum, encourages children to be their best, whether it’s improving their communication and language skills, or developing better coordination, it’s all a part of building a healthy self esteem and a strong foundation for a brighter future. In this way, we’re helping children to learn to move, and move to learn, all at the same time!
Yours in Education and Childcare,
The Marsden Early Birds Team