Term 4 is fast approaching and this means its time to find a term class…
Review: Hands on Heads Music and Movement Classes – Balgowlah
Are you looking for something new to occupy your child? Northern Beaches Mum Heather recently visited Hands on Heads, Balgowlah Heights with her toddler. They both had a great time and have sent us this review …..
Having signed up for a toddler Hands on Heads class I received a video from Rachel, the founder, with the songs that we would be singing in that week’s class so my little one and I could familiarise ourselves with them to get more out of the class.
The class was held in the Balgowlah Heights bowling club near Tania park so parking was super easy and free.
The class was more intimate than some others I’ve been to which makes it less overwhelming for little ones who take a while to get comfortable in a really noisy or busy environment. Rachel was warm and enthusiastic.
The theme for the week was farmyard fun and Rachel repeats the themes for a few weeks as she believes toddlers respondwell to repetition – and it gives us parents a chance to learn any of the songs that are unfamiliar!
The run sheet was written up on a white board so you could see exactly what was coming up.
Rachel uses six knitted characters to guide the activities and teach the toddlers. She is very knowledgeable about child development and was explaining the rationale behind the different activities from a developmental perspective.
We sang songs about different farm animals whilst the children were given ducks/frogs/sheep etc to play with during the relevant songs. They also had cute little interactive bags to play with that had zips, ties and other activities.
We played with newspaper, ripping it, playing peekaboo and creating balls that we then practiced throwing and kicking…though the most fun part seemed to be clearing up as the kids enthusiastically put all the newspaper balls into a big basket!
At the end of the 45 minutes we sang the goodbye song and bade farewell to the farmyard animals for a week.
Rachel also produces a weekly newsletter for parents keen to understand more about child development and how to play and interact based on the stage they’re at.
Find Hands on Heads at:
Balgowlah Bowling Club
NSW 2093, Australia
Email: h[email protected]