The Kennedy Center shared this amazing early childhood learning article based on the Whole Child! I was not surprised to connect many of the learning objectives to that of the Kinderdance curriculum!
This informative video is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can find their Youtube site here. This video provides helpful scientific insight into the ways children develop through participatory enrichment. One thing comes to mind: The Science of Kinderdance.
I recently passed my one-year anniversary teaching Kinderdance!
Over the past several weeks, I have noticed immense changes in my students. Not only are the dancers stronger, dexterous, and becoming more and more innovative but they are communicating with emotion and consideration for the art and for each other.
I had to stop a particular parent at the Bright Horizons at Alston & Bird location to tell dote on the vast improvements her daughter has made in my class. This could not wait for progress report time! Her child had never spoken directly to me in the full year I had been teaching. This summer, she is now able to mentally associate her body with space, understand the cause and affect of her actions, and differentiate "right" from "wrong" rules.
Social competence not only involves the ability to cooperate with peers; it also includes such things as the ability to show empathy, express feelings, and share with one another. Kinderdancers are taught basic etiquette which helps develop a nurturing environment for all students.
Kinderdance is truly incredible, and I am so proud of my dancers!
The KDATL team has been discussing the different ways which Kinderdance affects the life of a child. We are continuously inspired by the genius we find in our students, and look for even more ways to enrich the development of the young dancer.
We began a dialogue on how infants love movement because they are accustomed to activity the womb. Movement naturally relaxes them! With the popularity of the "baby sling", there has been gaining interest in "sling and dance" classes for parents and babies. It's not just about getting in shape without a babysitter, either. Movement with your child creates an incredible bonding experience, while exposing your child to physical, visual, and auditory stimuli. If you know of "sling and dance" classes in Atlanta, please share the knowledge in our comment box!
It's fascinating to learn the different ways which we can bond with our children while strengthening their neural pathways. I have always been interested in items like Lullabelly, where you can comfortably play music to your child in the womb. Experts believe that prenatal music stimulation can help early brain development by laying a foundation for learning.
Very cool, right?
Shasta Bridges is a certified early childhood movement specialist and Founder/Director of Kinderdance Atlanta. With over 30 years teaching experience in all ages and genres, Ms. Shasta holds a special affinity for teaching to young children.