A child’s natural desire for repetition is the brain’s instinctive way of helping them master skills and concepts. When engaged in an activity, the brain and body send electrical signals back and forth. The more practice the nervous system has at receiving and sending messages, the more efficiently it operates, and the more effectively a child acquires a skill. So, keep listening, singing, and dancing at home!
The average human has 642 muscles in their body. Dancing makes use of more of these muscles than most other activities, making it a great way to more fully develop a child’s body. Dancing promotes coordination, balance, strength and endurance. In addition to its physical benefits, dancing provides a creative outlet that stimulates imagination. And, when done in a group setting, such as in our Sound Beginnings class, dance becomes another way to experience socialization and promote teamwork.
Optional home fun activity: Color the Jump Dance on page 15 in your workbook.
(Remember, these activities are optional but can be a great bonding experience to do with your child during the week.)
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