Down in the Jungle

2015 ANOTHER YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE KEY MESSAGES



These key messages were sourced from the Northern Territory “Tune into Little Ones” Key messages about children poster (2014) and Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story developed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) now known as the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCAEEC)

Key Message 2

 GOOD FOOD, HEALTH AND EXERCISE

ARE REALLY IMPORTANT
 


A healthy pregnancy, breast feeding (recommended), exercise, regular sleep and healthy food are good for a child’s learning, brain development and health. 


For this Neuroscience Key Message we will focus on movement and exercise.



THE IMPORTANCE OF DANCE IN THE EARLY YEARS


Dance is pre-verbal, beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language. Children move easily and naturally. They are not inhibited! They are able to express thoughts and feelings through movement.


Read more at: http://www.earlychildhoodeducation.co.uk/benefits-movement-dance-classes.html and http://www.ehow.com/facts_5535793_importance-dance-childhood-education.html 


Do lots of dancing with your child/ren – put on some music and just dance around the room with them. Encourage them to express themselves to the music. Do other community dances with them such as the Macarena or Chicken Dance. Invite other children to your house and put on some music for them to all dance to!! What a lot of fun!

DOWN IN THE JUNGLE
CHANTING TO A STEADY BEAT
Down in the jungle with the beat in your feet,

Think of an animal that you'd like to meet.

A (Lion), A (Lion) (Child’s name) wants to see a (Lion)!

Roar! Roar! Roar! Roar!

A (Lion), A (Lion) (Child’s name) wants to see a (Lion)!

(Dance around being a lion and roaring!)
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Holding a young baby or holding a young child’s hand stamp around the room to the beat.  After choosing the animal dance around the room pretending to be the animal and making lots of animal noises.  When they can talk or communicate ask your child to suggest the names of different animals increasing their language skills.
 

If your child enjoys dancing around and being silly with this rhyme have a look at the Down in the Jungle website for some different ideas related to this rhyme!

Our next rhyme is a simple and fun "rough and tumble” rhyme with fruit as a theme!

APPLES AND PEARS

Apples and pears grow high on the tree (Hold your child up high)

Apples and pears grow high on the tree (Hold your child up high)

And when they are ripe they fall down you see (Slowly lift them down)

And when they are ripe they fall down………………ON ME!!!

( Let them gently fall on you and roll around the floor laughing!)



REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN 

AND ENJOY BEING WITH EACH OTHER. 

TIME IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE A CHILD.