From 17 Months - 3 Years
Baby Signs -
Discovering Music, Rhythm and Language
The toddlers now are building a rich sign and verbal vocabulary. Signs support speech to help them be more clearly understood. This is a time of rapid language awareness and development and the real growth of confidence building. Speech tends to take over from the signs but signs are still very useful to support the next stages of gathering new words and concepts. Signs also at this time become very important for times with the little ones are tired or hurt and on occasions overwhelmed. The signs now give comfort and support.
In class our emphasis is on the building of vocabulary and focusing more on musical concepts. Using signs as a guide and a memory trigger.
Can you sound like an elephant or hop like a bunny? We encourage your child to discover an enchanting musical world building confidence, self-control & communication. Singing, rhyming & object identification foster language skills, supported by signing. Creative movement to various musical “moods” develops balance, timing & spatial awareness. Listening & turn-taking encourage blossoming social skills.
Building on the previous courses we now consolidate their understanding of signs and speech.
What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:
Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development -- Children will explore the physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually lead them to discover their potential for beat, rhythm, melody, and ensemble playing.
Vocal play --Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection. In Stage 4, vocal play is presented within the context of songs, chants, and activities done in class.
Exploration Time -- Children will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures, sounds, and movements.
Story time and early literacy -- Listening to stories enhances language and speech development and fosters awareness of sounds, teaches use of language, and sends the message that words and symbols have meaning. The same experiences that help toddlers learn to read a book also help them learn to read music.
Movement Activities -- Each class provides various opportunities for movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games, and even expressive movement.
Together Time -- Quality time together, each class allows parents to make the most of the fleeting toddler years, giving them the time and the tools to make music and memories together in class and at home.