Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The learning process of 'scaffolding'

There is a reason children start out small. Changing diapers and clothes, strapping into car seats, bathing, feeding, sleeping (or not): It’s a steep learning curve for new parents! For many of us, it’s only after surviving that first year (and every year thereafter) that we recognize how much we learned along the way—and how much more we have to learn! Thankfully, as we built on what the previous day taught us, we gained both skills and confidence in our parenting abilities.

In Kindermusik, we call this learning process “scaffolding.” Each week in class, we support your child’s learning by building on your child’s current abilities and nourishing your unique role as your child’s first and best teacher. Scaffolding involves varying the level of the activity depending upon your child’s responses. So each week in class scaffolding occurs when you investigate together different ways to mend shoes with rhythm sticks or when you follow your child’s lead on how to move with the scarves on “Sing a Ling” while also offering suggestions based on the original idea. As with your parenting abilities, scaffolding helps your child gain both skills and confidence.

Everyday Connection: “Scaffolding Seuss.” During story time, use scaffolding techniques to support your child’s emerging literacy skills. Point out letters, label the pictures, ask your child questions about what is happening or encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next or even after the book ends. Let your child’s responses guide the conversation.

If you'd like more tips on how to use scaffolding to encourage your child's skills and development, visit HERE.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Learn ukulele in 5 easy lessons!

I remember meeting the wonderful Mike Jackson over 15 years ago, with his bright personality and engaging knowledge of entertaining youngsters.  He loves sharing his passion for music with children and he hasn't stopped!

Mike Jackson is an Australian Children’s Entertainer, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Radio Show Host and Author.  He is perhaps best known for his hit version of Bananas In Pyjamas and appearances on ABC Television.   If you're in my age group, you may even remember watching him on tv!

He's been kind enough to visit Musicroom in London and share some of his wisdom about playing ukulele – a talent which he’s cultivated over a career spanning 40 + years in the ukulele game.

Check out these 5 videos here on how to learn to play ukulele from scratch.

You can also find his books here if you'd like to know more.