MADD About Creativity (18 months to 3 year olds)
music. art. dance. drama.
This class was created for children who love singing, painting, dancing and playing make-believe!
We will start each class with circle time and introduce the book for that day’s class.
We will then bring the book to life with songs, dances, an art project and creative drama activities.
Children react so instinctively to music. We have always played a lot of music in our home and, from being babies, all 3 of my children reacted to it. I was pregnant with my now 13 year old son when I started teaching music classes so he heard music, drums and shaky eggs since before he was born. He then was in lots of music classes when he was a baby and toddler. He continues to love music - he plays drums, guitar, bass and trombone. His older sister has played saxophone since she was 10 and is now doing a double-major in Physics and Music at the University of Chicago. So as a mother, I’m passionate about how important music is to children simply for the pure pleasure that it brings them.
In addition to music for the joy it brings, music has so many other benefits in a child’s development. Click here to learn more about the benefits of music in a toddler’s development.
The benefits of music include:
Music helps improve sensory development for toddlers;
Music improves literacy skills;
Music encourages math skills
Music helps improve your child’s mood;
Exposure to music helps children improve their vocabulary;
Music is a great tool for improving coordination and gross motor skills;
Music can help your child develop coping skills and process emotions.
Children’s natural response to music is to dance! Even before they are “taught” to dance, they instinctively dance in response to music. My husband is a ballroom and Latin dancer and so we play a lot of ballroom and Latin dance music in our home. Even as very young children, my children would somehow know how to dance in a way that made sense of the music that they heard. It was watching my children dance when they heard a tango or salsa song that led me to create Bailemos-Let’s Dance (a Latin dance and Spanish language class for toddlers) in 2005. I taught that while pregnant with my now 13 year old son and he has always LOVED to dance! He will be taking hip hop classes at Mile Square Theatre’s Dance Academy in the Fall.
Dance is a wonderful way to channel your child’s boundless energy!
Dance can help to improve a child’s social and communication skills as they learn to dance with a partner or as part of a group. There is nothing cuter than two toddlers learning to dance salsa or dancing “dramatically” to tango music!
Dance is also very repetitive so children learn focus and how to “practice” something again and again so that they keep getting better and better at it. This is an excellent skill to develop for anything that they want to master in life.
As children dance more, they get a better sense of their bodies and how strong and powerful they are. This leads to increased self-confidence and more willingness to express themselves.
Dancing and creative movement is pre-verbal and children can learn how to express their emotions through dance and movement when they may be struggling to express themselves verbally.
I LOVE this quote from an article on the benefits of art for children by The Artful Parent. Click here to read the full article.
At Creative Groove Studio, we have offered art classes for toddlers (and babies!) for a number of years and those classes have showed me just how much joy children find in creating art. Art is such a sensory experience. Some children made it especially sensory by painting with their hands or painting on their bodies while other children didn’t enjoy the sensory aspect of it but LOVED to paint with a paint brush and observing the patterns and shapes that they could make. One of my favorite parts of sitting with a child while they paint is hearing the story that they tell you as they paint. It is as if painting gives them a chance to spill their imagination onto a piece of paper or a canvas.
In our classes, we very much discourage any help from the adult who is attending class with the child. We are all about the joy and experience of the process rather than the product.
drama. oh, the drama!
Click here to read the full article by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool.
We will include fun theater games and dramatic play activities to encourage the children to bring the story of the week to life.
Fall 2019 Schedule
This class will be offered on Mondays in the Fall at Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken. It is a 10 week session starting on October 7th and ending on December 16th (there is no class on October 14th).
10.45am-11.45am (almost 2’s to 3 years) - $350