Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will."

Scientific community is finally catching up, to what every Parent KNEW!

This morning I woke up to an interesting link on my facebook account.  I must thank Dara! What she had posted is just another, in many, many articles about the human mind.  The title "Researchers study how babies think.  Click here http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/03/28/researchers_study_how_babies_think/?page=2

“Even something that looks like random, exploratory play can help children to learn and in some cases help them to learn better.’’ Alison Gopnik. 
This statement alone should turn the academic world back to re-research the curriculums presently in modern day school rooms.  Essentially, something most parents already know, our baby brains are capable of learning amazing amounts of information in a relatively short time.  Hence the everyday parental question; "When did he/she learn THAT?!!!!" and as they get older; "Who taught you that?!".  The reality is your baby is capable of making incredible inferences about their world faster that most adults CAN.    


When I was a baby, as I have been told, my mother would put me under the mulberry tree in the backyard in my playpen.  She be off working on cleaning her gardens, planting, hanging laundry, mowing the lawn.  She would periodically, look over at me, and say, "What are you singing about?" With the mind music research and the creation of Little Folk's Music, I might now have the ability to answer her question.  EVERYTHING!  
"It turns out that the baby brain actually contains more brain cells, or neurons, than the adult brain: The instant we open our eyes, our neurons start the "pruning process," which involves the elimination of seemingly unnecessary neural connections. Furthermore, the distinct parts of the baby cortex - the center of sensation and higher thought - are better connected than the adult cortex, with more links between disparate regions. These anatomical differences aren't simply a sign of immaturity: They're an important tool that provides babies with the ability to assimilate vast amounts of information with ease." 1
The infant mind is loaded with seemingly fleeting thoughts and stray sensations but these thoughts and sensations are a highly developed intellectual source. " I think she knows something and just can't tell me." 


I could continue with how the frontal cortex differs between infancy and adulthood but Little Folk's Music encourages the differences, for many reasons.  One being the mirror I hold up in front of my own face or in a class the child that reflects who I am or was.  


Although babies are born utterly helpless, within a few years they've mastered everything from language - a toddler learns 10 new words every day - to complex motor skills such as walking. According to this new view of the baby brain, many of the mental traits that used to seem like developmental shortcomings, such as infants' inability to focus their attention, are actually crucial assets in the learning process.  Gopnik argues that, in many respects, babies are more conscious than adults. She compares the experience of being a baby with that of watching a riveting movie, or being a tourist in a foreign city, where even the most mundane activities seem new and exciting. 
"For a baby, every day is like going to Paris for the first time," 


Little Folk's Music has always encouraged the alure of activities that ARE exciting and NEW maybe to you,,, mundane. ..  constant beats can change everything!  It's all perception. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

The underlying theme is respect;

Children need freedom in a Little Folk's Music class to explore musical instruments without 'interruptions, that is why drums and jingles are laid upon the floor while entering a Little Folk's Music class.

Multicultural melody with a constant beat is added as children squeal with delight! 

Sometimes walking with this beat comes naturally while playing the chosen instruments. As the musical piece comes to an ending the ever important and constant, 'Pass it along' song guides the group in putting away all of the musical props. 

The class gathers into a group at the beginning, with a constant beat the whole class learns each others name with 'My name is.....' During activities the children's interest and attention is focused on a specific topic and communication relates to the task. 

These musical activities help develop listening skills and confidence to speak in groups, develop social skills.
 
Little Folk's Music provides musical activities that encourage communication and sharing. The underlying theme is respect; the adults respects the individuality of each child, the children are free to explore.



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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Little Folk's Music: Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Monday, April 16th, BAYSHORE/BRIGHTWATERS Library @ 10 am second class @ 11. Come one Come ALL!!!!   http://www.librarytechnology.org/lwc-displaylibrary.pl?RC=5247

We will be exploring 'FAMILY CHANTING'  How FUN!!




  

 


Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Little Folk's Music: "the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

"the claps are a blessin', the kicks are a lesson, creation is escape from the snares that got us stressin'/ the universe is the music, the mind is the dancer, the timing is the question- the movement is the answer"

Monday, April 16th, BAYSHORE/BRIGHTWATERS Library @ 10 am second class @ 11. Come one Come ALL!!!!

http://bayshore-brightwaterspubliclibrary.org/location.htm

 

The Art of Family Chanting will be explored!!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012



Sad news, East End Arts did not get the students needed for their week long winter programs.   

Little Folk's Music will be at Comsewquoge Library on March 7!
 


Little Folk's Music believes that parents are the child's most influential teacher. 


"Babies are born ready to learn. Early neural connections occur at warp speed. Learning is faster, easier and more fun than it will ever be again. By age 3, certain developmental windows begin to close. By the time a child starts kindergarten, 90 percent of structural brain development is complete. The foundation for lifelong learning is largely set."

Whatever or wherever you call home, the serenity, peace and security that is there, will be how a child's learning will take root and grow.


"Early experiences profoundly impact a child's social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Young children need consistent and supportive relationships with parents or other caregivers. They need frequent interactions with those adults. They need sensory stimulation, exposure to a language-rich environment and a feeling of safety and security."


Consistencies and routine are Little Folk's 

Music fundamental core!  

Sound imitation, rhyming, singing, and object / symbol identification foster language skills.  Moving to differing cultural music “moods” develops timing, spatial awareness and a sense of balance.

How does Little Folk's Music benefit your child?  
♥Exposure to new and ever changing world that allows the child's natural curiosity with families consistent reassurance and support.  
♥Promotes the interactive parent/child need for development through literacy, music and movement.   
♥Educates you on the fundamental impressionable, interactive role the parent and/or caregiver has on learning. 
♥Encourages successful learning through self-confidence, curiosity, self-expression, social behaviors and cooperation.  



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