Babigloo is an 8 week music programme that we held in our school for parents with babies from 0 to 12 months. The programme was sponsored by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Arts Council. It was a truly incredible experience for both parents and babies. As one parent commented "there is something about having no speech that is so brilliant, the best thing I've ever done since having a baby"
At the end of the 8 week programme Colin the man who was the inspiration behind Babigloo commented
"We know times are difficult with the demands of the ever changing funding scene etc. but yesterday something very special happened.
We can never re-create the moment and the camera view from above never does justice. 12/13 Reception/Year 1's came in and sang True Colours to us and then Harpist Jane Saunders continued for us to sing the chorus too. The children then sat and joined the babies, some were older siblings of the Babigloo babies and we just celebrated Life and Singing and Music.
We then went and did it all again at Old Town, without the schoolchildren but it was just as magical in it's own way (parents even singing with us!). "
• Sensory play helps build connections in the brain that support thought, learning, and creativity.
• Young children rely on sensory input to learn about their environment.
Young children learn a great deal through using their five senses. For these senses to develop, children should be given stimulating opportunities that will encourage them to learn. These sensory activities will give children a stronger set of tools to explore and investigate their environment. Through introducing sensory play we can also introduce a wide range of new vocabulary for young children that they might not otherwise learn.
How children develop through their senses
Children are constantly learning and developing through their senses. The five senses have different roles in development. Sensory Play helps to stimulate the development of all these senses.
Touch: One of the most important senses for babies, sense receptors in the baby’s skin respond to all forms of touch such as texture, temperature and pressure.
Sight: The sense receptors in the eye allow the sense of sight. These are stimulated by light, but are not well developed at birth. Young children should be given exposure to well lit environments, with different shapes and subtle colours.
Sound: The sense receptors in the ears need a range of different stimuli to promote their development. Providing young children with a wide range of different sounds, such as musical instruments and various human voices, will help develop these.
Smell: The sense of smell originates in the nose and is very well developed at birth. The sense receptors in the nose need actively stimulating so that messages can be sent to the brain.
Taste: The sense of taste is located in the taste buds on the tongue. These taste buds need to experience different flavours to become fully developed and sensitive.
We are learning lots of new sounds in Reception. We have also been learning to read tricky words too. Here is a PowerPoint that was presented to parents about how children learn to read and write in the early years. We hope you find this information useful and if you do have any questions, please ask your child's teacher.