Last August, a family friend came to our house to offer a music and movement class to Aiden and some of his friends. Somehow, we temporarily misplaced those photos, only recently finding them again when I was completing Aiden’s age 1-2 album. I’m now finally able to review our fun afternoon!
Gabriela Moutal, a lifelong dancer, has been teaching creative movement for 25 years. Her Movement Studio specializes in classes for kids age 2-9, focusing on teaching that encourages movement, rhythm and the exploration of music. The class used a variety of materials, from feathers to scarves, and incorporated song with movement. The toddlers were free to explore the materials in suggested ways or in their own ways. There was a tunnel that all the kids loved, as well as a toy bin that was fun to climb into.
Aiden loves to listen to music. We have music playing all the time when we’re at home and most of the time when we’re in the car. He prefers kids music, especially songs that have hand movements. This is a kid who could Roly Poly before he could point, so I’m not surprised.
We have recently completed one 10-week session of a music class, the Sunshine Song Time class that is basically a paid version of the free Mother Goose Program classes, but at a more convenient time for us. We learned some new songs via the program, and had lots of old favorites. Though Aiden spends most of his class walking around, he does absorb the songs and the movements.
Above is a video showing Aiden doing the movements to “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” and “Criss Cross Applesauce”. It’s on my to-do list to put together some YouTube clips featuring movements & lyrics to some of the best songs for kids under 2 – I wish I’d known all these songs when Aiden was little!