Bouncing Bouncing Everywhere!

2014

A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE

KEY MESSAGES


ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD

DEVELOPMENT STORY 

KEY MESSAGE 9



CHILDREN’S SELF CONTROL IS CRITICAL FOR LEARNING,

RESPONSIBLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS



Self-regulation or the ability to regulate your behaviour, emotions and thinking according to the situation, is a cornerstone of early childhood development.  Relationships which respond to a child’s changing moods, feelings and interests, help a child develop self-regulation.
Simple rhymes where you can pause.... and children can anticipate the response.... helps children to develop self control, attention and concentration.

BOUNCING, BOUNCING EVERYWHERE



To a regular bouncing beat
Bouncing, bouncing everywhere
Bounce child on your knee 
Bouncing, bouncing in the..... air
Lift your child high in the air
Bouncing, bouncing like a ball
Bounce on your knee
Bouncing, bouncing then you..................FALL!!
Bounce and then hesitate – then pretend to let them fall
Gwen Rayner 2010

If you share this rhyme with a newborn do it very gently, hardly moving when bouncing and only lifting them in the air a little way and pretending to drop them a little way too.  Newborns should feel secure and safe in their parent’s arms so do as little movement as possible.  As children get older this rhyme can be more boisterous and fun and will become a family favourite.

  
Chanting the rhyme to a regular beat helps children to internalise the beat of the rhyme.  This aids their reading and math skills when they go to school.  Bouncing and moving helps to exercise their vestibular system – the sense of balance – which should be exercised every day.  If you chant this rhyme with a child before they can talk you will find that they understand the rhyme and will anticipate the ending and tighten up their body ready for the “fall”!



This demonstrates that very young children develop a receptive language before they can speak and understand a lot more than you thought!!! 

A TRADITIONAL RHYME TO HELP TO DEVELOP SELF CONTROL,

ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION


RING A ROSES
Tune: Traditional
Ring a ring of roses
A pocket full of posies
Atishoo Atishoo
We all fall..............DOWN!


The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
1,2,3 
And we all.....JUMP UP!



Dance around singing this traditional nursery rhyme with your very young baby holding them tight and just pretending to let them fall by moving them a little way.  As your child grows and can walk, dance around in a circle holding their hands and both of you fall over in a big heap on the floor – this is sure to encourage lots of laughter. 



Children will develop self control as they learn to fall over and to jump up when it is the right time!  Who would think such a simple traditional nursery rhyme could help children learn so much about self control and self regulation – magic!


WORDS OF WISDOM
  • Self regulation is the ability to regulate or adapt our own behaviour and thinking according to a situation.
  • Self regulation is a core task of newborns and it is only possible in a nurturing relationship.
  • Babies are born with some ability for self regulation but they cannot always control their strong emotions.  Infants and toddlers who are overwhelmed depend on outside help that responsive caregivers provide.
  • Look for cues your child sends when they are hungry, tired or ready to play. Respond to the cues.
  • Routine and consistency is important in providing structure and predictability for your family.
PLEASE NOTE - Some ideas and activities sourced from the 2012 Children’s Week Challenges,
Queensland Health Early Years Initiative, Browns Plains Community Health, Brisbane.

Reference - The neuroscience review from the first stage of the Engaging Families in the
Early Childhood Development Story identified a number of child development statements. 
Key Messages - to share with parents and the community. 
The child development statements convey evidence about the importance of the early years.

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN 

AND ENJOY BEING WITH EACH OTHER. 

TIME IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE A CHILD.