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You Wouldn’t Believe This! It’s Like She Read My Mind

I had an amazing day with my students today. Watching them reinforced to me why I do what I do. Today I was teaching a toddler class. These students are actually a combination of infants that sit and watch and move on the side lines and toddlers. The toddlers range in age from about a year or 12 months to 24 months. They love certain parts of the class and I can’t get away with not doing it or else they’ll just leave me out and start doing it amongst themselves, talking in their baby talk that nobody else can understand except them.

In today’s class we were using plastic balls the kind that used to be at Chuckie Cheese, as percussion instruments. The children have a blast banging these balls together to the song of “Conga” on the “Go Diego Go” Soundtrack. They bang these balls to the beat of the song while following and doing what I’m doing with my balls. The children really love this and are learning about beats, rhythm and timing.

After banging the balls together their second favorite thing is throwing the balls back into this large circular bin like object where the balls are stored. If you don’t know it already kids love to throw.

So this girl is trying and trying to throw a ball in the bin and she just keeps missing. She throws the ball. The ball hits the bin and falls to the ground. She chases after the ball and throws it again, and again and again and again. She must throws this ball about 7 or 8 times.

During these attempts I am encouraging her to try again. Which really didn’t make a difference because she was determined to get that ball in the bin. So finally I say to myself, if you keep trying something again and again and it’s not working, after a while  you probably should try something different.

I had no sooner thought this when the little girl finally figures out that she can climb up a couple of steps and then throw the ball in. And this is exactly what she did. The teacher and I looked at one another shocked. We then both shook our heads and said no one would ever believe us. But we were so happy that we both witnessed it together so we knew we weren’t imagining things.

After successfully getting the ball in the bin, she went on her merry way. What’s so big about this you say. Plenty!!!! First many children would have lost interest or got frustrated and started crying. The fact that she didn’t was a major accomplishment. Aren’t persistence and perseverance qualities that we want to develop in our children, especially when it comes to accomplishing their goals. The second thing is that she so quickly came up with her own solution of successfully accomplishing her goal. No one coached her, as a matter of fact it all happened within a few minutes or so.

How and why did this happen? I will tell you. Every week this young lady has been taking Creative Movement classes for at least 10 weeks maybe longer because I don’t remember when I first started teaching her exactly but I know it’s been a minimum of 10 weeks. During those ten weeks we repeatedly did movements that created pathways in her brain where the left and the right sides of the brain are communicating more efficiently with each other. Because of this more efficient communication and integration she processes information a lot faster and can problem solve so much faster.

I have experienced this time and time again which is why  I continue to do what I do.  Besides having an absolute blast and laughing the whole time I feel that I am making a major contribution to society. Not only am I helping her cognitively, I am also helping her esteem and feelings of accomplishment and empowerment. YAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! this makes me feel great! I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!!

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