Is it worth taking your child to a music and movement class? Although I am biased, I would say definitely! I see first hand each and every day the huge scale of benefits for children that attend my classes.
Exercise and Mindfulness
I deliver Jiggy Wrigglers sessions to ensure that they have just the right mix of movement and relaxation. I want children to be active but also have time to chill both within the session and always at the end as it comes to a close. I use different ways to facilitate these parts including rainbow scarves, bubbles and twinkly lights. In an increasingly busy world, I truly believe that this quiet time mixed with opportunities to get up and get hearts racing has such a positive impact on all children.
Music is obviously a huge part of a Jiggy Wrigglers session. I use a wide range of songs with different tempos and dynamics. Because of this, the children that attend are able to react in different ways to the music – a 6 month old baby may smile and shake their instrument at a particular part of a song, whereas a 4 year old may join in with more complicated set of actions. Immersing children in a variety of music, no matter what age, is vital for their physical, mental and musical development.
Music also aids the development of the brain and can help accelerate the areas of the brain that process sound, speech, language and reading. The structures of music play a big part in helping young children develop in these key areas.
This applies to both children and their parents and carers. I take great joy in seeing many of the children that attend my sessions make new friends on a weekly basis. I also know first hand how difficult it can be to find time to socialise with other parents. My sessions provide these opportunities too and I regularly see the huge benefits for parents and carers.
Jiggy Wrigglers is a music and movement class for babies and toddlers helping them grow, learn and socialise using their special songs and the Jiggy Wriggler Puppets. Claire Potterton runs the Southampton West, Romsey, Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford district.
You can find your nearest class on their website. They also do parties and have Jiggy Vintage designed to entertain the elderly living in residential accommodation.- head over to their website to find out more!