Do you remember the first time you tried ice-skating, clinging to the wall around the rink and refusing to let go? There was likely a good deal of wobbling, flailing, and slipping. The experience was probably a bit more like ice-sitting! With practice (and some help from your vestibular sense), you learned to balance, adjust your speed, and stop. And then, of course, there's that crucial safety component - the skill that guides you to follow the curve of the rink and avoid crashing into the wall, or navigate around a maze of other skaters to avoid a collision. That's called spacial awareness, and it's the ability to comprehend where you are in space and to understand the position of objects in relation to each other and to yourself.
Your toddler needs to master spacial awareness in order to keep himself safe as he learns to walk, run, and negotiate the world around him. In Kindermusik, we support your little one's spacial awareness development through movement, songs, poems, and props. So, when we explore directions during fingerplay, dance forwards and backwards during "Lost My Gold Ring," or go on a swervy-curvy blanket ride, your little one gains a greater understanding of his body and where it is in relation to other things and people. This will help him learn to maneuver through a busy school hallway, kick a ball on the playground, and glide safely around another ice skater on a crowded rink (as you applaud from the safety of the bleachers!). But spacial awareness will do more for your child than just keep him safe. Studies show a link between spacial awareness and artistic creativity, success in math, and the development of abstract thought.
For the next 4-weeks in Sing & Play Class (ages 0-2) we will be singing and moving our way through our unit "Way Up High" as we focus on spacial awareness. We will be meeting on Thursdays from 6:00pm-6:45pm at St. Paul's Christian Church (3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612). To register for a FREE class click on the link below:
Everyday Connection: Hokey-Pokey at the Store. "You put your toddler in (the cart), you take your toddler out." Go ahead and use those directional words and songs throughout the day. Making personal connections helps your child gain a better understanding of spacial concepts.
Have a musical day!!
Ms. Leah grew up in Asheville, NC and was exposed to music at an early age. She played violin and then grew to enjoy participating in high school and church choral and drama programs.