Music, Movement, and Memory
At first glance, it might seem that referring to Romp n’ Roll as an “educational” program is somewhat erroneous as the children spend so much time immersed in music and movement. But the fact is that music and movement greatly facilitate one’s ability to process and retain information and experience, which in turn maximizes the learning process.
Think about it. You’re driving along in the car and a song comes on the radio. You hear the first couple of notes, and the next thing you know you’re singing along word for word – even if you haven’t heard the song in years. Or you get your kid his first bike and expertly demonstrate how to ride it, even though you haven’t been on a bike in a decade or two.
I’ll give you an even more impressive example. I have a granddaughter who can easily name all 206 bones in the human body. I would like to say that’s because she’s a genius. But the truth is that all the kids in her second grade class can do it. Why? Because they had a wonderful teacher who taught them a song-and-dance routine. Remember the Macarena? Well, this is My Cranium. You have little kids lined up going, “Cranium, scapula, patella, phalanges” as they touch the corresponding parts of their bodies.
So sit back, relax, and watch your little one sing and dance. And as you are doing so, it is nice to feel yourself being entertained, but never fail to appreciate how much and how well she is being educated.
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.