Romping and Rolling with Rhythm
Have you noticed how many Romp n’ Roll class descriptions contain the word “rhythm”? If you think this is merely a case of idle redundancy, you are mistaken. The fact is that rhythm is an essential element in enhancing the effectiveness of virtually all human endeavors.
From the palpitation of our hearts to our 24 hour sleep/wake cycle, our bodies run on a variety of rhythms. Consequently, whenever an activity conforms to rather than contradicts this natural phenomenon, we are likely to pick it up more easily and perform it more efficiently. Throughout history, everything from drumbeats to work songs have been employed to make people more comfortable and productive in all sorts of tasks.
And when it comes to early education, the importance of rhythm cannot be over-emphasized. Whenever little ones are permitted to use this inherent inclination in the process, learning new skills becomes something they pursue with considerable enthusiasm, great confidence, and ultimately with extraordinary competence.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.