We grew up singing Nursery Rhymes and now our children are learning them. Where did these songs come from? What do they mean? Some lyrics are whimsical and are merely put together to provide entertainment and fun. Others however are deeply routed in our history and outline the story of events that were taking place in that period of time.
Over the years, the stories have been preserved thru song and children chanting them all over the world. If you would like to find out more about the origins of your favourite rhyme click here.
At this age, our momstown Milton tots are all about the nursery rhymes and the joy it brings hearing it recited over and over again. We had a great time at Indigo Milton with our Children's Book Club this month incorporating all of the little ones favourites into the program.
We started off by making our very own twinkle little star mobiles that each child could take home to hang in their bedroom to wish upon a star each night before going to bed.
We then sang classics and acted them out such as row, row, row your boat, Jack be Nimble, Little Miss Muffet, Pat a Cake and of course twinkle twinkle little star. We made the songs more personal by incorporating each child's name for example Little Master Jaxon sat on a tuffet... they absolutely loved it and couldn't wait for their turn to come around!
Check out some of our sister sites: momstown Oshawa-Port Perry and momstown Edmonton-North to see how they incorporated our Educational Ciriculum into their chapters.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Monday, March 21, 2011
Our field trip this month was to Mountsberg Conservation to check out their Maple Towne Event. We started off walking thru the woods to see how the sap was collected from the trees. Did you know that of the 7 species found in Eastern North America, only 2 are used to collect sap to convert to syrup - the Sugar Maple and the Black Maple. The little ones were excited to see the sap collecting into the buckets and wasted no time sampling the "sweet water" that had accumulated. It was enough to quench their thirst but not their appetites!
We then headed over to the pancake house where there was a never ending line up of hungry customers all wanting to try the famous hot cakes. The wait was worth it! The kids quickly went to work devouring the stack and not a morsel was left. We couldn't leave without visiting the Candy Shack as advised by momstown Guelph who had visited earlier this month. I enjoyed sampling some of their fine Hard Maple Candy and couldn't resist going back for seconds to satisfy my sweet tooth. The secret to making good maple candy is that the syrup needs to be boiled at a temperature of at least 122-125 degrees Celsius.
Overall the trip was a hugh success with our momstown Milton mamas and tots! Visit our other momstown chapters blog spots to see other reviews about this event.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
momstown Milton joined with Monkeynastix Canada to help educate our mamas about the importance of introducing fitness to our little ones at an early age. Their fun and creative approach to movement allowed our children to be children again. Monkeynastix is a broad-based, holistic program that combines creativity, music and storytelling with basic training in flexibility, balance, strength, agility, co-ordination and body awareness. Our momstown tots experienced the fun first hand by exploring all of the equipment and practising the different moves.
It was amazing to watch the instructors at work getting the kids to stand on a spot, stretch out and touch their toes and then jump up and down.They then moved on to the equipment which included trampolines, tunnels, balance beams, tread mills and an exercise bicycle. The thing that impressed me the most was the attention to details and proper posture that they were instilling right from the start. They had spotters that assisted each child to help build on proper technique and to avoid injury.
I also learned that the program is being offered in schools and even day cares to help lay the foundation to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise not only promotes physical health but also contributes to so many other facets such as improved concentration, building confidence and helping to lay a strong base for higher order learning. Classes are being offered to children as early as age one and continues up to age eight. My little guy had so much fun that I think I will try out a full session to see what it's all about!