Music gets toddlers going
Parents Centre recently started up its Music & Movement classes for both babies and toddlers and we went along to the first toddler class to check it out.
We were greeted at the door by one of the lovely Parent Centre ladies who welcomed us and showed us where to sign in and pay our money. The classes are $3 for members and $ 5 for nonmembers. It was morning tea time (held between the baby and toddler sessions) so there was already a large group of parents and babies in the room from the earlier babies’ class.
I sat myself down by a couple of friendly mums for a chat and a cuppa while Bailey played with the toys provided and other children. It was lovely meeting other mums (and one dad!) and having time to talk before class.
After morning tea, the friendly instructor, Katrina, introduced herself. Katrina has a background in musical theatre and singing teaching, and her strong singing voice made the songs that much more enjoyable.
First we sang a song to welcome each of the children by name to the class. Bailey couldn’t keep the smile off his face as everyone sung his name. Next we moved on to well-known nursery rhymes and fun action songs to get the kids moving and singing.
Bailey has been singing ‘‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’’ ever since (not always a good thing). The introduction of musical instruments, colourful ribbons and a big rainbow parachute were a hit. For the children, getting under the parachute and singing ‘‘Where are the children?’’ was definitely a favourite, and had to be repeated over and over.
To finish off the class we sung a few songs which used Baby Sign Language for actions.
Having used Baby Sign with Bailey I thought this was fantastic.
The songs introduced a few commonly used signs such as ‘‘milk’’ ‘‘food’’ and ‘‘more’’.
I found the class a lot of fun and I know Bailey enjoyed it.
While it can be a challenge keeping his very active body and mind focused on doing actions and singing along to the songs, he definitely got involved and enjoyed every moment.
The Parents Centre Music & Movement Classes are on every Tuesday morning (babies 9.30am, a joint morning tea 10am, and toddlers at 10.30am) during term time.
They are held at Pember House on Hartham Place (opposite the Court House and Police Station).
For more information on classes and activities for Under 5s in Porirua see toddlerintow.co.nz.
Kelly Eteveneaux is a local mum and co-owner of Baby Vintage in Plimmerton.
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