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What are the benefits of music classes for babies?

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Happy New Year Everyone!

We’re getting very excited about Term One 2018 over here at Lucy Sparkles & Friends Canberra.
Our January Holiday Program is underway and our teachers are starting to delve into their lesson plans for next Term One.

We’re over the moon about our new found relationship with gorgeous children’s boutique Wolfie in Manuka and THRILLED to announce that we will be holding Baby Music classes in their beautiful space on regular Friday mornings starting in February.

We all already know that babies respond to music basically from the time they are born. As babies grow, music starts to bring them more joy as they start to find their own little voices and begin to have more control over their limbs.

Participating in music classes help babies develop a preliminary understand of the foundations of music. When babies shake a shaker with the help of their carer, they are able to feel the pulse of a song. As they grip onto the edges of the parachute and move it up and down they build strength, dexterity and coordination while also learning about pitch and the concept of ‘up’ and ‘down’. These are just two of SO many examples of ways each activity helps with development. Music classes also helps babies develop and understanding of language and has been shown to improve their memory. The Guardian has a great article on some of the benefits of music classes for babies and I definitely recommend giving it a read if you get a chance.

One of my favourite things about Baby Music classes personally, is how they can be such a powerful bonding activity for babies and their carers. I love seeing how children watch their parents and carers closely, listen to them singing and observing their actions with careful attention and often with pure joy. 🙂

Our baby music class in Manuka also includes a 15 minutes ‘play time’ at the end where babies can listen to music, roll around on the blanket, get to know each other and have a play with some special baby sensory play toys.

To book a spot for your child in Friday morning Baby Music in Manuka or in our Toddler Music (1-3 years) in Harrison, please visit our ‘Find a Class’ page.

It’s worth mentioning of course that babies are not the only ones who benefit from music classes! It’s a great social activities for parents as well!

I look forward to seeing many of you and your little ones soon for Term One. 🙂

Warm regards and many sparkles,

Ginny

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Introducing our January 2018 School Holiday Program!

 

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Hello Everybody,

These holidays we have done our best to make sure there is something for everyone!

We have a baby music class, three workshops for 2-5 year olds, a Unicorn craft workshop for 6-12s  and of course our usual fun dance/ drama workshops at Canberra Southern Cross Club for ages 4-7!

Our venues are in different locations around Canberra for your convenience. We are even trying out a fun collaboration with the lovely children’s boutique ‘Wolfie’ in Manuka in early January.

To view our holiday workshops and to buy ticket please visit THIS PAGE.

The Canberra Southern Cross Club are hosting us again for six days. The dates of the workshops will be the 8th, 9th, 10th and 22nd, 23rd, 24th of January. These dance/ drama and art workshops are for ages 4-7 years and are held from 9-11am and  include a yummy morning tea kindly provided by CSCC!

To book tickets to these workshops please visit THIS PAGE.

For any general enquiries please contact me on 0420 881 042 or on ginny@lucysparkles.com.au.

 

Looking forward to seeing many of you and your children at our fun workshops!

 

Warm regards and many sparkles,

Ginny

 

P.S

Just a reminder that our Early Bird Special of 15% off is only available until the 5th of January! To book a term ticket for your child please visit THIS PAGE.

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5 Ways Young Children Benefit from Drama Classes

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It is a magical thing to behold when children feel comfortable to engage with their inherent creativity and work together to tell stories. It brings Lucy Sparkles teachers so much joy to watch quiet children come alive and make fantastic contributions to drama class as they progress throughout the term. When children turn up to class brimming with energy and ideas, we know we are doing our job.

Here are 5 ways in which young children can benefit from drama classes.

Drama classes help children develop:

1. Confidence

2. Physical awareness and coordination

3. Communication and language skills

Through story-telling, play and pretending, children also:

4.  Are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively in a safe and controlled environment

5.  Develop an understanding of the world around them and the role they play in their local community.

Lucy Sparkles & Friends Drama classes are child-led. Each lesson, children are introduced to a particular theme and are encouraged to come up with and explore ideas surrounding that theme. While each lesson follows a similar structure, it is the children’s imagination and ideas that shape the outcome of each activity.

This term we are holding two drama classes for children aged 4-7 years. The classes are held on Mondays after school in Braddon and Thursday nights in Woden. To view our timetable and to learn about pricing please visit our ‘Find a Class’ page. 

If you are interested in drama classes for your child, please contact us today about booking in for a free trial class.

 

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Why Enrol your Infant or Young Child in the Performing Arts?

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow, what an exciting few months we have had since we moved to Canberra in October 2016!

We have attended lots of unforgettable birthday parties and sold out our very first 3 hour Canberra Holiday Dance/Drama Workshops for 4-6 years. Annie Sparkles and I were so blown away by the creativity and focus of every single child that attended those workshops and can’t wait to hold more workshops in the Easter Holidays!

At Lucy Sparkles & Friends, our focus is on early childhood learning and development. While it is widely known that the creative and performing arts have a significant role to play in helping small children develop social skills, physicality and emotional expression it is perhaps a lesser known fact that an introduction to music, dance and drama from an early age helps children develop an early understanding of literacy, numeracy as well as enhancing the ability to engage, focus and remember.

There is a lot of great information out there on the impact of creative arts in the early years. To start with, I recommend this short article from Ausdance on arts in the Early Years Learning Framework.

Each year we see shy children become confident collaborators as their love for music, dance or drama is nurtured and it is watching this that makes going to work such a joy for me and all of the Sparkles team. All complete Term One class bookings come with a detailed document linking each activity we do to Early Learning aims, so parents are in formed on why each an every activity is included in our curriculum and can follow their child’s development over the course of the term.

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Very exciting News!

Out timetable is finalised and we are now taking bookings for Term One classes! To view timetable, see information on pricing and to book a term ticket, visit our website.

All of our class venues meet the Lucy Sparkles standard of being lovely, community buildings that are clean, close to shops, have great facilities and ample parking.

 

If you would like to book a free taster class for your child, please email ginny@lucysparkles.com.au.

A bit more about our classes:

Music- 30 minute classes that include a capella singing games, action songs, rhymes, parachute play, listening and moving to live and recorded music and playing along on percussion instruments. All activities linked to Early Years Learning Framework, taught by trained musicians and no two lessons are the same.

Dance- 30 minute classes that include a warm up, locomotor movement and exercises to improve finger dexterity, a choreographed dance, action song, work with props and a warm down. All activities linked to Early Years Learning Framework, taught by trained performing artists and no two lessons are the same.

Drama- 45 minute classes in which we take children on a journey to an imaginary land called Storyland where they explore stories and themes through child-led activities, whole body movement, imaginative play, poetry, song, masks and storytelling. All activities are linked to Early Years Learning Framework aims and no two classes are the same.

 

That’s it from me for now. I hope to meet you and your child at a class or party one day soon!

 

Warm regards and many sparkles,

 

Ginny Sparkles xx

 

 

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Introducing Lucy Sparkles Canberra!

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Hello everyone! I’m Ginny Sparkles and I am so excited to be bringing the magic of Lucy Sparkles & Friends to Canberra and Queanbeyan!

As someone who has worked in the performing arts and in children’s entertainment for six years, I know the value of creative experience in the life of a child. I have seen first-hand how drama, music and dance can help bring a child to life and out of their shell. As well as this, it is now widely known that by engaging in the performing arts from a young age, children will develop cognitive, physical and social skills more aptly and with greater confidence.

At Lucy Sparkles & Friends Canberra, all of our teachers are performing artists with a passion for working with small children. Our curriculum has been created with reference to early learning education aims and developmental milestones and is expertly delivered with the use of live instruments and quality equipment by our professional and sparkly teachers.

Lucy Sparkles & Friends birthday parties are truly unforgettable and can be tailored to meet the wishes of you and your child!

Music, dance and drama classes will be starting in the New Year, so if you are interested in enrolling your child, please register your interest as soon as possible.

The great news is that we are currently taking bookings for our super sparkly, unforgettable birthday parties! To learn more about our parties and to make an enquiry visit our party page.

For updates and to see what else Lucy Sparkles & Friends Canberra has in store, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Lots of love,

Ginny Sparkles x

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New YouTube Video: Disney Princesses sing ‘Let it Go’ acapella!

In this month’s video Elsa, Anna, Belle and Snow White sing ‘Let it Go’ acapella. The arrangement was created by our very own Yasmin (Sparkles) Davey Corrigan.

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Lucy Sparkles & Friends YouTube Video has over 40K hits!

We are super excited because one of our videos has reached over 40 000 unique views on YouTube! In the video, Lucy Sparkles and Richard Sparkles sing Peter Combe’s classic children’s song, Mr. Clicketty Cane (with the help of Annie and Will). See below for musical aims, learning outcomes, lyrics and further activities.

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Baby Bumble Bee – NEW video!

This month Lucy Sparkles sings ‘Baby Bumble Bee’ with some of her little friends from Friday morning music at Punk Me Up Café in East Dulwich. Click ‘show more’ for learning outcomes and musical aims, further activities and to see our alternative bee friendly lyrics.

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