What is Jo Jingles?
At Jo Jingles we run fun music and movement sessions for babies and children aged 3 months to 7 years. The organisation is now in its 24th year and has nearly 100 Franchises in the UK and Ireland, running classes in more than 500 centres, with over 12,000 children visiting classes each week.
Although originally designed with parent/child sessions in mind, demand has been such that the Jo Jingles programme is now successfully running in many early years’ settings including independent and national nursery chains, wraparound schools projects and Children’s Centres.
We are delighted to be offering Jo Jingles at Children’s House Nursery, Southwell.
What is our aim?
To encourage the physical, mental, and emotional development of every child attending classes through our music and movement programme.
To give children their first structured, fun, introduction to music.
To give every child attending classes the chance to play age specific musical instruments.
And…. to make learning fun!
What are the benefits of introducing young children to music?
It is widely recognised that music can be used to aid a child’s development in many key areas other than just musical ability.
Research undertaken in the USA suggests that children under the age of nine are particularly receptive to music – children are born with an abundance of “genes and synapses that make them immediately ready to learn Music” . If this natural sensitivity to music can be stimulated from a very early age it will help support development in many other areas. Research is even suggesting that the earlier music is introduced to a child the more potential that child will have for learning in the future.
Music is accessible to all regardless of age and ability. Jo Jingles classes promote active music making and offer all children the opportunity to enjoy positive learning experiences. Our programmes are carefully developed to be age appropriate, structured and work in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage
How does the Jo Jingles Programme help to develop children’s key skills?
The use of simple rhymes and lyrics, singing and other vocal activities help to support language development. Repetition, echo, call and response songs reinforce and practice listening and speaking skills.
The use of simple music and sound games helps children to develop the vital skills of listening and concentrating. We promote ‘active listening’ in all of our classes, they are interactive sessions where children are always encouraged to think and react to what they hear.
Learning how to beat and count to simple music rhythms, as well as singing basic counting songs assist with mathematical development.
Movement put to music aids physical development. Applying specific movements such as hopping or jumping to particular moments in songs helps children to distinguish between purposeful and non-purposeful movement. Actions such as beating an instrument, or even clapping help develop hand eye co-ordination.
Children will ‘pick up’ a catchy tune quite naturally, and will remember words and actions more easily when they are put to music. Repetition and noise games are used in classes to help build children’s sense of anticipation.
Confidence/Personal Social Skills
Themes are used every week to help children develop a sense of self and the world in which they live. Programmes do however always follow the same routine with which children become familiar and comfortable. Encouraging children to collect instruments on their own, taking turns, answering questions/sharing experiences all help to build confidence and develop social skills. The use of familiar songs and routines that children anticipate and in which they can actively participate builds confidence and a sense of achievement.
Imagination is used to a great extent in classes, often children will be encouraged to role-play throughout songs or may use basic props e.g. paper plates as steering wheels. In our older classes children are encouraged to think about sounds and noises made by everyday objects as well as musical instruments so that they can create their own sounds at home. We introduce a wide variety of different styles of music at age appropriate points in the programmes, and encourage them to think about how the music makes them feel and what the music might be about.
Guest Blog Post by Gaynor Smith, Jo Jingles Nottingham
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 Ref. wired for Sound: The Essential Connection Between Music and Development by Cynthia Black