Has your child been in your care since birth? Has she been in a small home daycare? Are you a stay-at-home-mom?
If so, you may be worried about her making the transition to Kindergarten. How will she cope away from you all day? Will she know how to interact with others? Being worried is a normal part of the parenting experience, but there are a few things you can do to ease her transition – and your worry.
Dance lessons are one of those things.
For many children that come to Princess Ballerin…
I have a lot of parents ask me if they should continue dance lessons as their child transitions into Kindergarten. Many parents are worried that they should stop all extra-curricular activities to reduce stress-levels on their children while they adapt to the new routine of Kindergarten.
However, research shows that preschoolers and young children thrive under routine.
Continuing your child’s regular routine – be it extracurricular activities like dance lessons, or Sunday dinners with their gr…
"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit" - E.E. Cummings
“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment” - Thomas Carlyle
"Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.” - Barrie Davenport
It’s never too early to build your child’s self-confidence. Self-…
Imagination is a beautiful part of being a child. If you’ve spent time watching your child play, you’ll know that imagination can transport them into a whole other world of fun, learning, and excitement.
It will probably come as no surprise that dancing is a wonderful way to exercise your child’s imagination. One of my favorite quotes, which captures the interplay between dance and imagination, comes from the book Pepito’s Story by Eugene Fern:
When he was dancing, Pepito felt as if he could…
Early childhood is an important period in a child’s life. It is when their brain undergoes some major shifts, allowing them to understand things symbolically, as well as make sense of cause and effect.
There are many studies that have been done that link the practice of creative arts (like dance) to healthy brain development.
Specifically, here are the ways that dance, art and creativity support healthy brain development:
- Physical development – art exercises brain-body connections like han…