Looking for new ways to break the boredom for you and your toddler? Here’s how one mom sees the options.
Practically before your child is even born, you’re inundated with information about groups that you might want to take your baby to. It can be confusing to decide what to do and whether it’s even necessary to join up.
These groups are created to stimulate the development of your child though various techniques. Shop around to find the one that suits you. There’s no need to schlep to the ends of the earth as most of them have franchises dotted around the various cities. Also remember that if the teacher doesn’t ring your bell, try another one. Here are some of the groups that I have tried.
Kindermusik (birth to 7 years of age) aims to stimulate your child through music which is believed to nurture their cognitive, emotional, social, language and physical development. Children are encouraged to explore, express and discover. It claims to develop language skills, emerging literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem and musicality. Visit kindermusik.co.za for more info.
My experience of Kindermusik was not positive although I’m aware now that often the class is only as good as the teacher. I started taking Eva Rose from 6 months during which we sat around, sang nursery rhymes and I bounced her up and down on my knee for an hour. However, I didn’t feel that the teacher varied the classes and yet, because I had nothing to compare it to, I kept on going until she was one year! Don’t make the same mistake - look around and don’t settle as there are so many other options. The good thing was that it was dedicated time for me and Eva without any interruptions.
Mothers & Miracles believes that optimal stimulation will enhance a child’s ability in various ways. It offers a structured, interactive, early learning programme for children between three months and three years in the areas of:
Intellectual stimulation (cognitive/intellectual, language, creative and perceptual)
Physical (fine and gross motor skills) and
Personality (social, emotional and moral development).
There are also value-added things like photographic sessions, talks by experts on various topics like Baby Massage and First Aid courses as well as outings. Visit mothersandmiracles.co.za for more info.
I love Moms & Miracles and so does Eva! We started when Eva was 7 months and I still take her now at almost 20 months of age. The teacher is fantastic as she is a qualified educationist who makes every effort to make the each class unique. Each class comprises of an intellectual activity which requires problem solving, a fine motor activity and a gross motor activity. We end off with singing and instruments, the best part! I really feel that this is time that we both enjoy spending together which is well worth it.
Clamber Club is for kids between the ages of 1 and 8 and focuses on movement that stimulates the physical, perceptual, cognitive, psychological and social spheres. Sessions are geared towards experience through movement, using action songs and a wide range of equipment and props. Visit clamberclub.com for more info.
Jog the Frog is the Clamber Club Mascot and boy, do the kids dig him! This is my favorite of all the groups and Eva Rose seems to really look forward to it. Classes are themed and the highly-energetic teacher goes to so much effort to decorate the room. We sing, do exercises and then go outside to play on a range of wonderful toys and equipment which change weekly. Then it’s juice and biscuits.
Which groups have you tried and liked – or hated?