Rhythm, sounds, movement and more help improve literacy and mathematical abilities, as well as motor skills and cognitive function. Entertaining, catchy songs make learning thoroughly enjoyable and the sessions can be adapted for any age.
What is active music making?
Simply listening to music has numerous proven benefits. Being ‘active’ enhances these benefits by placing the child in the driving seat. Nursery staff will lead sessions in singing and movement set to Boogie Mites songs, mostly using homemade instruments and props. A child singing and playing the drum in time to a complex melody is training themselves in rhythm, harmony and patterning, all without thinking about it.
Words and numbers
Boogie Mites songs and rhymes use deliberate patterning, rhythms and sounds. Children increase their awareness of sounds from listening and singing along, which forms the basis of language and teaches them new words. Preschoolers will notice alliteration, rhymes and counting sequences. This contributes to an ongoing, gentle exposure to the structured learning they will encounter at school.
Creative art and design
The children supporting recycling activities often make instruments and props. An empty formula tin makes the perfect drum, while a drinking bottle filled with lentils becomes a shaker. Children are encouraged to make and decorate their own instruments, instilling pride in their musical journey.
It is well known that the early years are a crucial time for learning. Our minds are relishing in every new experience, taking in all they can. With the wealth of skills that are developed and enriched by active music making, it makes sense to introduce children as early as possible. Boogie Mites sessions cover all areas of the early years curriculum and provides you with another way of being involved in your child’s learning.
Bright Horizons has invested in Boogie Mites music training and resources. On Saturday 8th February, the staff team attended a training day, where staff engaged in an interactive, introduction session to Boogie Mites that familiarized them with the Learning Objectives, benefits and resources for this exciting programme. This will equip and empower all our staff to provide rich and varied, age-appropriate music making opportunities for all children in our care.
We will keep you updated, through our newsletter and displays around the nursery, on the modules, activities, songs and resources as we introduce to your nursery team. We will also be inviting you to come and take part in some sessions with the children, so you too, can sing the songs and enjoy the opportunity of making music and the promotion of language skills.
Keep an eye out for Boogie Mites sessions at your nursery!