Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sweet Christmas Singing

We are extremely lucky to live very locally to a charitable organisation that supports parents-to-be and families in early parenthood, the Pregnancy and Parents Centre in Edinburgh. They run a range of high quality classes for mums and dads-to-be and also for mums and babies up to school age. Having attended several of their classes in the past (ante-natal yoga, pregnancy singing, baby yoga, baby shia-tsu), we decided to give the new Saturday morning Baby and Toddler Music class a go today, as they were advertising a festive programme on Facebook. This way, we would be sure to address our remit of the day on our activity countdown garland, which was to learn a Christmas carol.

 After a few welcome and hello songs, Jackie, the class leader, sang several classics accompanied on her guitar, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Holy Night. Ju has been learning Christmas songs at nursery in preparation for the Christmas party next Wednesday, so he already knew a lot of the words, but enjoyed the session even more for it. There was a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star, and a great finger rhyme about Christmas trees being all alone in the forest, then getting chopped and going to happy families.

There were lots of movement games as well, to allow the children to express their creativity. Ju and Lilo both enjoyed balancing bean bags on different body parts, swaying and twirling colourful scarves to make them into graceful snowflakes,as well as jumping and stomping their feet.
Lilo balances a bean bag on his head
Sound blocks, tamburins, maracas, bells and drums were made available for the children to bang, shake and play along.

Maracas, Sound blocks and Tamburins
Juju and Lilo both shook bells along to Jingle Bells and Ju sang most of the lyrics too. As I just found out from this site, Jingle Bells, one of the most famous Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving in 1857. This is definitely one of Ju's favourite songs at the moment, along with When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney.

Bells were jingled and claves (two wooden sticks) were banged together in time with the Sleigh Ride by Ferrante & Teicher.

After the 45 minute class, there was a bit of free play for the children, and a cup of tea and biscuit for the mums. All in all, the boys had a great time and we definitely will be back. And we're so glad we got to practice our Christmas singing.

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