Do you sing in the car with your little one? Do they love music? If your looking for a great pre school class – have you heard of Musical Minis? When Erin was in her spica I actively looked for a pre school class that wasn’t too physical as Erin can’t walk. I found musical minis was starting up a new class in near Cheltenham and decided to check it out.
Erin has always loved music and this class is excellent. Our class is a small friendly little group with children ranging in age from 1-3. Each Thursday Erin gets really excitied to go. The session follows a structure so that the children soon learn the order of the activities.
The class begins with an instrument being introduced and they get to have a little go, this has included the ukeala, recorders and whistles. We then listen out for this instrument during the session. The second part includes singing popular and traditional nursery rhymes. Then it’s the turn of the bubble machine or maybe a parachute where the children are learning about starting and stopping, it usually involves pausing at specific breaks in the music. This obviously develops the child’s listening skills. Then out comes the huge box of instruments and a time for the children to explore and enjoy making music. This is followed by a short story – usually a nursery rhyme with puppets which makes the children giggle. We then have a more physical song which may include marching as soldiers or running, hopping somewhere. Children can have a go siging down the microphone – last week was particularly beautiful for me as Erin sang twinkle twinkle for all to hear. This did wonders for her self esteem and she was positively glowing afterwards! Finally an energetic rendition of the ‘hokey cokey’ finishes the session.
And breathe…. yes all that fits into each 45 minute session. The benefits of a musical class are twofold. Research shows that those children who regularly sing and know nursery ryhmes have a better memory, a better grasp of language and musicality. This obviously makes sense. So in addition to the fun element I believe you are giving your child the best start in preparing them for learning. Jo who runs the franchise is very experienced with pre schoolers having been a nursery manager in her previous role. Jo quickly builds up a natural rapport with the pre schoolers and brings out the best in them.
We really enjoy musical minis and it is one of the highlights of our week. There are a number of classes a week in and around Cheltenham and Gloucester and throughly recommend speaking to Jo to find out what is near you. When you contact Jo (01242 228232 or firstname.lastname@example.org) please do mention that you found out about the class from Emma and 3.
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