At Ministry of Dance, Early Learning Dance Specialists, our aim is to deliver creative dance & movement programs specifically designed for babies, toddlers & children from 6 months to 8 years, enhancing, encouraging & strengthening cognitive, emotional, social & physical development in a safe and fun learning environment.
Long before speech develops, babies instinctively rock to music, clap their hands, bounce to the beat, and "sing" along. Numerous studies show that music has a positive effect on children's reading, math, and science learning, as well as their teamwork skills and mastery of important spatial relationships. Music contributes to what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” This simply means exposing toddlers to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds - experiences that can forge more pathways between the cells in their brains. These neural connections will help toddlers in almost every area of school, including reading and mathematics.
Just listening to music can make these connections, but the largest impact is when toddlers actively participate in musical activities. Between the ages of 1 and 3 toddlers respond best to music when they actively experience it. Listening to music, such as in the car, is passive, look for opportunities to engage your child in active listening e.g. rocking, marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat.