How To Learn Like A Child

Babies, toddlers, and children are fascinating in their ability to learn. They learn quickly, efficiently, and seemingly easily, and accomplish huge amounts in their first years. They are not plagued with the self-doubt that creeps in as we get older. Instead, they develop and build their skills, while entering into a world of play, creativity and imagination. The smallest of achievements are celebrated by parents and teachers, but we often overlook the process children actually go through to learn. Continue reading “How To Learn Like A Child”

Winter Music With Your Toddler: February

By the time February gets here, I’m really ready for Spring! It’s cold (we’ve even had more snow…), dark, and wintry. However, young children don’t know any different. Summer is a distant memory in their short little lives, and to them today is just another day. They still require the same amount of energy-fuelled activities, and still expect to cram their days full of learning and discovering. There’s so much to be learnt from this attitude! Kids just put on their coats and wellies, and find joy in the smallest of things – splashing in muddy puddles, going to the soft-play, or making some cakes at home. Take inspiration from this get-up-and-go mindset, and try some of these music -inspired activities this February: Continue reading “Winter Music With Your Toddler: February”

Musical Love Letters – Straight From Your Heart

As J approaches his 18-month milestone, my thoughts are turning once again to his next musical love letter. Throughout his first year, I wrote in a ‘New Baby’ journal every month. I used this to track his development and little things that made me smile. Photographs were taken, videos were recorded, and memories were stored. When I had completed this ‘first year’ book, I was conscious that I needed to continue keeping a record of all the little things that would be forgotten. That is where the idea of ‘Musical Love Letters’ was born. Continue reading “Musical Love Letters – Straight From Your Heart”

Musical Mum Animal Singalongs – January 2018

This month we’ve had an ‘Animal’ theme to our Friday morning Singalong sessions! These go out live at 9am over on my Facebook page, and are 10 minute routines that you can follow with your baby and toddler and home. Singing and engaging musical with your little ones will do wonders for their development – I promise. In case you missed any this month, here are our 4 Animal Singalongs, complete with words and story details. Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading “Musical Mum Animal Singalongs – January 2018”

January 2018: 5 Best Musical Books For Children

Now that J is 17 months old, we’ve been taking him to Storytime more regularly at the library. These free sessions are funded by Bookstart, and are available in many public libraries, nurseries and children’s centres. They typically include several books chosen from the ‘story bag’, a hello and goodbye song, and several relevant songs and activities between each story. The books are generally suitable for children from around 18 months to 5 years. It’s a lovely 45 minutes, with the opportunity to explore so many new books. It teaches little ones to love books, and helps them to learn how to sit quietly and enjoy a story in a group (rather than at home, where J likes to turn all the pages and pull all the flaps himself).  Continue reading “January 2018: 5 Best Musical Books For Children”