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Romp n’ Roll Kicks Off “Week of the Young Child” With Music Monday!

Enjoying music during Babies Class at Romp n' RollThis week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child! The annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Music Monday!

What we know is that music is the result of movement, therefore, music is movement – they go hand in hand! How may times have you seen someone driving down the highway with their head moving up and down and their hands tapping the steering wheel? How many times have you been somewhere with your child when a song comes on and causes he or she to bend their knees, bob their head, or shake their hips? Playing the drums at Romp n' Roll!This happens all of the time and that is because music is a physical event! Read more

We Agree, The Early Years are Critical…but in What Way?

Romp n' Roll, early childhood education, critical window of development, An interesting post was written in Psychology Today. We liked today’s post since we feel that it reduces some of the pressure on parents to take advantage of the critical “windows of development.” We have always believed that kind of pressure is not good for anyone, but particularly parents of young children who already have so much new to learn and experience with their children.

How children feel, and how parents feel, is incredibly important. Our philosophy at Romp n’ Roll is that providing a combination of physical, mental, and emotional guidance and stimulation is always the right approach. To make those experiences valuable, we find that “FUN” and “SILLINESS” are the secret ingredients that allow us all to “Nurture the Genius. Unleash the Goofball.” Crazy fun makes the kids want to participate, which in turn makes the parents want to participate. The shared experiences of classes are everything for kids and their parents. But, the shared experience goes beyond the child and the parent(s). It is also about moms, dads, and even grandparents being able to connect with one another during classes and/or making plans to meet outside of the Romp n’ Roll setting. This type of shared experience and understanding is invaluable and can often lead to lifelong friendships. We continually hear stories about parents who initially met at a Romp n’ Roll class and are still friends a decade later!

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Respecting Attention Span

IMG_5274Does it seem to you that activities at Romp n’ Roll can get a little chaotic at times?  What’s with all the free choice and independent play?  Why aren’t the children being required to sit still and pay attention to the adults?  After all, that is what is happening at a lot of other early education programs.  And isn’t that what will prepare them for success in school later on?

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The Academics of Infancy

DSCN2227While it is easy to see the educational benefits of Romp n’ Roll classes for preschoolers and toddlers, it may be difficult to see that infants are learning anything of importance in their classes.  Of course, these classes constitute an enjoyable out-of-the-house experience for both parent and child, but is the baby really acquiring any significant knowledge and skill? Read more

Goodness-of-Fit

Girl hanging upside down on swing at Romp n' Roll
An interesting concept in developmental psychology of which parents should be aware is the “goodness-of-fit” model. It indicates that an effective match between a child’s temperament and the practices of her parents prevents emotional distress and produces optimal mental health. Read more

The Visual Cliff Study

IMG_5257My all-time favorite study in the field of developmental psychology is the visual cliff.  Depth perception is such an important part of survival that it might be programmed into our DNA.  After all, our ancestors who walked off the edge of a cliff didn’t get to reproduce very much.  So researchers wanted to see if babies already demonstrated depth perception when they started crawling around in the latter part of the first year.

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