Our Friday classes began this week and boy where they a lot of fun!
At 9:15am we started with a baby class “Cuddle & Bounce” with the unit “Rise & Shine”. This unit explores routines and rituals, their importance and significance in your little one’s life. We “woke” baby up with a sweet poem and gentile massage, explored scarves, and shakers, moved to music and even did a choreographed dance to the well known song “You Are My Sunshine”. At the end of the class the babies were exhausted. Yawning and ready for a nap after such an active, musical class!
This classes was followed by a preschooler class “Move & Groove”. Our unit this month called “Jumping Beans” explores music, instruments, and places in Latin America. We crept through the rainforest and discovered different animals lurking about. We learned about played beats and silent beats and clapped, tapped and moved to the musical patter “ta-ta-ta-(rest)”. We even had some free dance while shaking mini maracas where we tamed an elephant she had earlier discovered while walking through the rainforest. Just before class ended we called the parents in for a sharing time where the children got to show/tell and teach what they learned in class. We finished with a goodbye song, and as the families were leaving, I over-heard that our imaginary elephant was going home with one of our students!
What will we discover and learn next? Only one way to find out…
Rise & Shine: Good morning, sunshine–it’s time to start the day! Babies can start their days in all kinds of ways–but the way to make the most of mornings is to establish a loving, predictable, day-to-day pattern. Up and at ’em routines and rituals take center stage in Rise & Shine!
Jump into the rhythms of Latin America with Jumping Beans! Peek into the rain forest, explore expressive movement, investigate quarter notes and quarter rests, sing and learn some words and phrases in Spanish, and—you guessed it—jump, jump, jump!