Watching your little one skip and prance around a church hall wearing a sweet ballet skirt and pretty little ballet shoes is undeniably cute. However, why should we bother introducing ballet or any kind of dance into the lives of pre-schoolers?
Choose a class that is fun focused and that it is an accredited school either the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) or Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
Getting active with the children is not always as easy as it sounds: how can you fit any more activity time in an already busy day? Here are some simple ways to increase the activity levels in your family. Remember, every little bit counts, so keep a note of all these activities and work out your daily total of minutes spent being active.
Children should do about an hour of physical activity each day. See how close you are and praise them each time they want to do something physical. It is so good for them to start out actively as children, because then they are more likely to stay active as they grow older.
Nursery rhymes have their place, but don't forget to also introduce your children to the music you like to listen to! If your thing is classical music, then get them listening to Mozart. If you prefer ABBA, then have a dance to Mamma Mia! Get up and have a boogy too - especially if no one is looking!
Music can have a calming effect. Babies respond to music in the womb, even before they are born and even more so when they are newborn. Play something soothing and sit comfortably to listen together. When baby is trying to sleep, some nice quiet music can help to set the mood.
And, if your little ones get to like the music you like, it means when you're on a long journey you'll be able to listen to your musical choices and not endure endless hours of "Old McDonald Had A Farm", "Wheels On The Bus" and other classic, but nonetheless tiresome, nursery rhymes as you drive. Instead, you'll be singing along to music you all like!
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