You probably didn't realize this when your child was born, but you quickly realized that becoming a parent means becoming a teacher. You are actually your child's first and best teacher they will ever have. But you also quickly realized that becoming a parent also meant becoming a student. Our children teach us quickly how to respond to their needs. As they get older they begin teaching us through their vivid imagination. Children teach us how to move and sound like a garbage truck, an airplane zooming in the sky, popcorn popping in the microwave, or even how to spin in a circle faster than fast pretending to be a whirlpool.
This all sounds like child's play, but actually supporting your child's expressive movement helps connect the outer world of movement and sound with their inner world of feelings and observations. In class, when we dance around the room in time to the music, reach for a star in the night , or spread our robin wings and fly in search of food, your child taps into a growing imagination and experiences support from you for their early artistic expression.
Expressive movement isn't just for class. Tap into your child's imagination during bath time. After feeding all those baby birds in class, your little robin needs a bath. How would a robin (gently) splash in the the water, wash the dirt from their feathers, or even fly around the room to dry off?
Wish me luck getting this little robin to bed! Have a great 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.