Movement and learning go hand in hand! A recent study done in West Australian schools identified a direct correlation between young children who engaged in a movement program as they were also being taught to read. Reading, writing and fine motor skills improved, as well as students’ ability to focus.
If you want your child to be a better reader, you don’t have to live in Western Australia! The Kindermusik curriculum is evidence-based, and has been designed to enhance brain development (including literacy and numeracy skills).
“Thinking and learning are anchored by movement.”*
Here are a few of the ways we move in Kindermusik that help our Kindermusik kids be ready – ready for school, ready to read, ready for music lessons, and ready to succeed in life!
- Expressive movement: Whether it’s dancing in Daddy’s arms as a baby or learning the steps of a minuet as a big kid, dancing is an important part of self-expression and developing creativity.
- Synchronized movement: Bouncing, clapping, stomping, or playing an instrument to a steady beat – first with and then later without an adult’s help.
- Fingerplays, songs, and chants: Moving little fingers, hands, and arms is a big part of how we learn through labeling and how fine motor skills – essential for holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, and playing the first notes on a piano – begin to develop.
- Group dances and circle songs: Simple choreography or moving together as a group provides vital social interactions that also facilitate a sense of community and belonging.
- Spatial exploration: Exploring the “where” and “how” of movement as it relates to one’s sense of self and relationship to personal and general space is how the all-important skill of spatial awareness is developed.
* Dr. Carla Hannaford, Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head