Tiny Toes Music
In her 2016 research paper, "Why Music Making Matters," Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf states, "live music can play a powerful role in development from the very start." Zion's partnership with Tiny Toes Music to incorporate music making into the Reggio curriculum lives the powerful truth that active music making in early childhood can support children's development in the following domains:
- Music Learning and Development
- Language Development and Emergent Literacy
- Social and Emotional Development
- Cognition and General Knowledge
- Physical and Motor Development
- Approaches to Learning
Our organized music making in the preschool classroom, and extended into your home, fosters growth in social bonds through play and laughter and creates a space for adults and children to interact informally through music and dance. It also improves mental health by providing a respite from life's pressures. Plus, it can be pure fun and it's easy to see how much learning is taking place!
Each week, Roberta Wentling, owner and director of Tiny Toes Music
or one of the teachers on her staff, leads children and their classroom teachers in a variety of songs, rhythmic chants, circle dances and large movement activities. There will be singing, chanting, dancing, and instrument play with egg shakers, drums, scarves, sticks, parachute, and more! Music making continues throughout the week in school, when led by the classroom teacher, and at home, with songs that can be shared with family and friends.
Tiny Toes Music and the ECEC will get your family singing and dancing right away! Here's what you'll find:
- You'll have access to customized playlists including those same chants, fingerplays, songs for transitions, gross motor songs, and ritual songs of hello, quiet rest, and goodbye that are found in the classroom each week.
- You will listen to the recordings at home and in the car, singing and dancing the days away.
- Tip sheets and newsletter articles outlining activities, small and large motor actions, variations, and extension ideas you can do at home with the songs to promote motor, language, and social development.
- We will all join together for several family music-making events throughout the year.
Join us! You'll be so glad you did.