On Monday mornings we have Jo Jingles originated in 1991 and is now a nation wide organization offering preschool children a fun and creative introduction to music, singing and movement.
The session last for 40 minutes and the classes are structured aiming to give children a fun introduction to music and singing through the use of various activities, songs, music/movement, sound and rhythm games,visuals, ''hands on''props and to experience playing different percussion instruments during each session.
The classes will also have an educational slant covering some of the basic preschool themes, numbers, colours, alphabet letters, days of the week, etc.
MOVING TO MUSIC DEVELOPS BODILY CONTROL AND SPATIAL AWARENESS
MOVING TO SLOW MUSIC AND FOLLOWING ACTIONS HELPS DEVELOP CONCENTRATION AND MUSCULAR CONTROL
USING TWO-HANDED I NSTRUMENTS GIVES PRACTICE IN HAND/ EYE CO-ORDINATION
SYNCHRONISING FINGER MOVEMENTS TO MUSIC ALSO HELPS CO-ORDINATION
MUSICAL ACTIVITIES ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO LISTEN CLOSELY AND RESPOND TO WHAT THEY HEAR
MUSIC CAN PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A MEANS OF RECOGNISING AND EXPRESSING THEIR EMOTIONS
REPETITION OF SONGS AND RHYMES BUILDS UP CONFIDENCE IN USING LANGUAGE
COUNTING SONGS PROVIDES USEFUL BUILDING BLOCKS TOWARDS FUTURE MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS
MAKING MUSIC AS A GROUP DEVELOPS SOCIAL SKILLS SUCH AS SHARING, WORKING TOGETHER AND TAKING TURNS
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR I NDIVIDUAL RESPONSE TO MUSIC ENHANCES SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-CONFIDENCE
SHARED, PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCES SUCH AS SINGING A ND DANCING STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIPS AMONG CHILDREN AND BETWEEN CHILDREN AND ADULTS
EXPERIENCE OF A WIDE RANGE OF SONGS AND INSTRUMENTS ENDORSES THE MANY CULTURES FROM WHICH CHILDREN COME
AND THE BEST BIT IS...THE CHILDREN JUST THINK THEY ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME