Tiny and non-mobile BabyROO – Newborn to 5 Months
60 minutes per session
This program is structured for parents, not the babies. Newborn and very young infants sleep as much as 16-18 hours a day and it is unlikely to expect the baby to be able to attend to the classes consistently.
This stage is nevertheless the most important preventive and foundation building stage of the babies’ development.
Newborn and very young infants can see a little and hear very well, but have little understanding. At this stage, their nervous systems are immature and vestibular stimulation is critical as this is the basic building block towards future development. This is also the stage where they start to develop their “body map” and eventually gain awareness about themselves and environment. In our sessions, we teach the parents various activities and methods to provide the babies with as much visual and auditory stimulation as they can tolerate so that they build up a strong basic foundation. These activities are to be done with the babies at home whenever opportunities arise when they are awake.
These activities are highly critical not only in building strong foundation but they serve as an important first step towards reducing the chance of any learning difficulties and disabilities later on.
PENGUINS – Walking babies
Now infants are waddling like penguins as they strive to get their balance and body awareness. This is an exciting time, at last our little ones are upright, but eyes and ears also need to adjust for seeing and understanding from the upright position, things look different now! These aspects take precedence over speech, as little ones learn about themselves and their world. Infants are now focused on overcoming gravity as they gain the ability to move in an upright position. Speech at this stage takes a back seat, but the first stage of speech is the ability to understand simple instructions, so this is also part of our aim during these months.
The special sessions for this age aim at improving balance and muscle tone development. We provide ideas for you and activities for your child that increase balance mechanisms and strengthens their muscle tone in preparation for the exciting stage of 16 months. The use of flash words are introduced to these toddlers to familiarize them with those strange things called “words”.
WALLABIES – 2 to 2½ years
Wallabies are really into jumping on and off anything they can find… including your bed! Each hemisphere of the brain can now control the movements of each side of the body in coordination, and many can actually move their body parts on their own.
Dances are sequential now, in an endeavor to help children move and think – as they can now move their body parts with ease and hopefully in rhythm.
In KindyROO, we focused on activities that build on the strength of their core muscle group which are essential for later fine motor control. We also build encourage movements that are the final attributes of nature to help the child’s growing brain to work to the best of its ability.
POSSUMS – 3 to 4 years
Possums love to hang, swing, climb, run, gallop, hop and somersault, in fact they love all movement!
They are also becoming far more social and enjoy playing with other children. At KindyROO we encourage greater team work and provide circuits that promote sensory integration and laterality. This is also the stage where children are developing their higher thinking abilities of the brain.
Children learn to follow the instructions from the teacher and the CD’s for both the dances and the exercises. They also learn to work in groups, to line up and to follow multiple instructions. All these skills are essential for happy school experiences in following years.
Mobile BabyROO – Crawling and creeping
Now that the baby is moving, the floor is their playground. For an infant, crawling on their front and creeping on all fours is very important for the development of the spine, the back and neck muscles and the development of the postural reflexes. It is also vital for all sensory input such as the tactility, for the muscles and ligaments, the primitive cross pattern actions to stimulate the later integration of the two sides of the brain, and for coordination.
At Mobile BabyROO we show you how to use the floor for your baby’s best advantage. We provide you with loads of ideas about music, rhythm and movement; successful massage techniques for wrigglers and squirmers; movement ideas and games.
At KindyROO we know it is better to avoid potential problems if possible, so we encourage crawling and creeping in the first year of life.
KOALAS – Jumping toddlers
At this age toddlers are walking with greater balance, running everywhere and climbing everything!
Jumping is the exciting new skill at this age with two feet together, and of course hanging with two hands and arms together.
At this age, not only are their developing skills strengthened, but they are becoming able to initiate body movements, not possible before, as they enter the dramatic growth spurt of the two year olds.
Movement in rhythm – the basis of coordination, is encouraged through both exercises and activities. This is also the stage where we develop the fine motor muscles of the hands and fingers.
Toddlers are starting to learn their colors. Matching of colors is done on every possible occasion, with the beanbags, ladder rungs and parachute. Do not expect them to know the colors yet – matching comes before color identification.
KANGAROOS – 2½ to 3 years
Children at this stage are starting to build specialization of various body parts. They are likely to also pick up skills from both sides of the body independently and the development of many skills, such as riding a tricycle, peeling a banana and washing up are starting to build and blossom.
Sessions at KindyROO for this age group now focus on one hand and one-foot activities, as it helps to consolidate all the previous skills developed in the first two years of life. KindyROO teachers also encourage an increase in the comprehension of auditory memory skills from one instruction to two, or even three, and likewise in the visual memory through more advanced fun activities.
Speech and comprehension evolved with more complexity at this age. Instructions are increased in complexity to allow for the development of improved auditory and visual memory, imperative for survival at school.
EMUS – 4 years to school age
90 minutes per session
Drop off class
For children to learn easily at school, they must have automatic movement skills. They must be able to use one part of their body independently from other parts, be able to cross over the middle of the body, and be able to sit still when required to do so. Children who have difficulties with these motor skills will have more difficulty with reading, writing and general classroom coping skills.
These skills can be acquired in a high quality pre-school program, but it is more important to develop this in a neurologically based movement program. In KindyROO, we help ensure your child is ready for learning.
Bruce D. Perry (2000). Principles of neuro development: an overview.