Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Topsy-Turvy World for Tinies as Little Ones Do The

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Topsy-Turvy World for Tinies as Little Ones Do The

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Baby bop!

BOPPING babies are getting a head start in life at a new class launched in Teesside.

MARIE TURBILL hears how.

THESE tiny tots might not look like typical reggae fans but they are...

The youngsters are members of a new Gymboree class launched on Teesside.

At their latest session reggae music was the theme. Despite not yet being mobile, the babies enjoyed bopping to the beat.

Organiser Sharon Thompson explains: "Quarter Notes is a music class for non-mobile babies.

"We try to expose children to as many different music styles as possible.

"We have already done West End and disco and now we are doing reggae."

Sharon says the sessions are educational but also fun.

"Children just naturally really like music and some are rocking to the beat by the time they are just six months old."

She says the children's parents and carers are also encouraged to get involved.

"The children really love the sound of their mum's voice and love to listen to music."

By introducing the babies to some basic musical instruments, Sharon says they learn about cause and effect. "They begin to realise that if they shake the maraca, then it is going to make a noise."

Sharon says that research has also shown that introducing music to children from an early age can help boost their potential for learning.

She explains that each Quarter Notes session begins at the gathering drum, a large drum in the centre of the room which the children love to hit or even explore with their mouth.

"Babies explore through mouthing, so some will mouth the drum and that is how they learn."

The music class is just one of several Gymboree sessions launched in the region by the Sedgefield mum-of-two.

Gymboree is a series of activity classes for parents and children to help build cognitive development.

Through engaging in age-appropriate activities, the classes help children learn various concepts, skills and tasks to build a solid foundation for school and life in general. …

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