Exploring musical instruments exposes children to pitch, timbre, and texture; Young children need these skills to learn speech.
Before elementary school. Before kindergarten. Before preschool. Children are learning. Not just learning; they are building the foundations that will support their education for years to come. Science has proved that birth to age 5 is perhaps the most important period of development in a child’s life.
Dance/movement therapy integrates children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical abilities. Group therapy sessions develop children's awareness of themselves and others. They are an opportunity for children to express themselves and communicate with each other in nonverbal ways. Therapists help children recognize when their symbolic movements reflect an awareness of the children around them. They also narrate children’s activities to encourage language development. As children gain greater self-awareness, they also develop the social resiliency that's so important to maintaining interpersonal relationships.
Our social skills therapist, Katie London, is bringing “I Love You Rituals” to JFTN classrooms. "I Love You Rituals" are part of the Conscious Discipline program, which integrates classroom management with social-emotional learning. These short games strengthen relationships between caregivers and children. If you've played peek-a-boo, stop and go, or similar games at home, you're already practicing "I Love You Rituals".