Friday, January 27, 2012
Balance..... And The Vestibular System.. Teething and all that jazz
Hello there Mommies and Daddies.. This is our wonderful String Bean Circus.
We perform in the summers at different venues and your little one is now an honorary Member...
It was great to meet more wonderful parents who love giving the gift of music to their kids.
Just being there and experiencing this magic with others is such an amazing loving exchange...
We love your in our family.
There were a lot of things we covered in our classes this week.
Loud and Soft
High and Low.
Slow Stop and Fast
Adagio (slow) , Allegro ( Fast ) and Andante ( Walking Pace )
Did you know that when you label the motions and movement you do with your child you are teaching them so much more..
Just imagine your with someone who speaks a different language then you.
The more you participate in a language from a different county .. the faster you start to speak it..
This is the same way babies learn to talk.
First they realize they recognize a word and that it has a meaning..
Then they recognize what the meaning is...after they do it.
Yes Children learn by doing then speaking. This s a proven fact.
So when you are walking with your baby... You can say Label things such as..
Do you like this ball. Can you throw the ball.
Your walking so fast..
Can you sit down fast
Lets clean these toys up really fast...
This labeling really does make a difference.
They have done studies with children who came from families where they were not held or stimulated to action or to speak. These same babies grew up as slow learners as well as experiencing a sense of feeling uncomfortable in society as an initiator.
Giving children the time to try to speak the sound of Old Mac Donalds Farm animals or to Say the words to the Story Silly Mouse.. is part of the lessons included in this months ABC Music and Me.
The stories all rhyme offering the opportunity for the child to memorize the story and to say the words out loud...I encourage to explore your home magazines with your children. They have many fantastic ideas of fun activities and make the songs on your cd's come alive as well.
I do not know any parent who can say they are satisfied with the amount of time they spent with their children when they were young.. there was never ever enough time.. cherish these next few years ,, they go by faster then you can imagine...
Thank you for sharing the beauty and love of your child with us at the Muse...
Primary Lesson Focus for Village and ABC Music and Me.
Up and down ,
Sitting and Standing
Dancing and Stopping
Listening and repeating...
All of these exercises are part of a demonstration in the importance of Stimulating the Vestibular System .
Here are some notes from Kindermusik international on the this very topic...
What is the Vestibular
The vestibular system controls one’s
sense of movement and balance. It
integrates the sensory inputs that give
us information about gravity and
motion, our body’s muscular
movements, and our body’s position in
Your baby’s vestibular system is
developing minute by minute and can
be stimulated by movements that move
her head off center (always safely
supported, of course). These
movements might be performed by her
alone (e.g. rolling), but many times
they also occur while she is being
moved by you—in your arms or in a
stroller (e.g. tipping, swinging,
swaying, turning, swooping, and
twisting). Try some with your child!
As you rock—from center to one side
and the other, or forward and
backward—there are alternating
experiences of being on-balance and
off-balance. Such gentle motions
stimulate the vestibular system.
Rolling is initiated from the center of
the body, with the body being propelled
in a prone state by the hips and torso. It
allows your baby to experience the
sensation of seeing the world from his
stomach and back all in one continuous
Gentle bouncing (always with Baby’s
head supported) stimulates the
vestibular system in many ways. It
keeps your baby alert and attentive and
it increases your baby’s muscle tone
when he has to adjust his posture and
position to stay upright. The surprise
element of the lift into the air or a
cradled fall backwards provides
immediate feedback to the vestibular
system so that your baby just has to
smile or giggle.
Do Try This at Home!
As you participate in these activities,
make sure that you support your baby’s
head and do not allow it to flop.
• Rock your baby as you listen and
hum to Sweetest Little Baby (Home
CD, track 7) . Not only is this good
for your baby’s vestibular system, but
it soothes as it provides gentle
• Gently bounce Baby as you play
and sing Ride a Cock-Horse (Home
CD, track 8).
• Move about the room and house in
different directions and a variety of
ways. Baby will enjoy viewing the
house in all different manners. This
also develops his vision as he shifts
his focus from object to object.
• For older babies, rolling around on
the floor can be tons of fun and
provides lots of stimulation. You can
help your young baby gently roll
from side to side.
• Take your baby for a walk in her
stroller. Move the stroller in different
ways for fun and stimulation. Gently
push the stroller in curvy or zigzag
patterns and change directions and
Children’s Sense of
“From conception to the first fifteen
months after birth, the vestibular
system is very active as a child gains a
sense of gravity and knowledge of the
physical environment through
movement. Every movement of the child
stimulates the vestibular system, which
stimulates the brain for new learning.
From this sensory ‘wake up’ and basal
understanding of gravity, a child is able
to perform the most remarkable feats of
–Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford,