Repetition is KEY!
Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment. (Zig Ziglar)
Our music programme is built on repetition. Repetition and scaffolding for all abilities. With repetition comes comfort and ease, and with comfort and ease comes a relaxed mind ready to let everything soak right in, like a sponge. And our little ones are super sponges taking every little thing in. Creating an environment conducive to learning is key. Allowing them space to take the time to listen, mimic, repeat – offering a routine – until it becomes engrained gives comfort to your little one, allows them to relax and enjoy the process of learning and trying new things. Too much uncertainty can create more stress. Repetition is KEY! Here’s why:
╰☆☆ Babies ☆☆╮
You can foster repetition for your infant by making everyday activities “teachable moments.” Babies learn so much during daily routines like nappy time, feeding and bath time. These are great times to talk with your little one, sing songs and play games.
You might give your baby some everyday items instead of toys. A wooden spoon, a set of plastic bowls or a cardboard paper towel tube can entertain your little one and give her repeated practice in holding, nesting, stacking and many other skills that can only be perfected through repeated practice.
╰☆☆ Toddlers ☆☆╮
really love to repeat actions over and over again. It instils language, muscle memory and sequencing. If you begin to get impatient, try to remember that your toddler’s brain connections are being strengthened through this repetition!
When you find an activity or song that your toddler really loves, follow your little one’s lead and let him do it over and over again. You might offer suggestions to add a new twist to the activity.
╰☆☆ Preschoolers ☆☆╮ are ready for more advanced skills and can benefit from novel practice and repetition. All of the musical activities for preschoolers offer three levels: Basic, Make It Easier and Add Some Challenge. You might start with the basic level of an activity for your child’s age. If he struggles, go to the Make It Easier suggestion. After mastering the basic activity, try the advanced version to Add Some Challenge. If your child really enjoys an activity, let him repeat it multiple times. Repetition is the key to learning.