Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • Many of the songs and rhymes used in a mainly music session have more benefit than just 'a fun time'. When children use their right hand over the left side of their body and the left hand over the right side of their body, they are simulating nerves within the brain. Children in reading recovery groups often struggle with these concepts.

    Laterality is the term that refers to an important change in the brain that permits an 'internal awareness of the two sides of the body and their differences' (Newel Kephart). The brain is divided into two major hemispheres - the left and right hemisphere. Information comes to the brain from the body's sensory and motor systems, helping it to develop a 'picture' of the body - learning new tasks and learning what the body can do (that's why touch and movement are so important). The message pathways from the left side of the body cross over in the midbrain to the right side of the brain and the pathways from the right side of the body cross over to the left side of the brain.


    So what can you do at home?

    • Have some games where your child has to use their non-dominant hand to reach across their body to pick up an item.
    • With a book on their knee, encourage your child to turn the page with the opposite hand so they are using their hand across the central line of their body.
    • Ask your four year old or older child to hop on their non-dominant foot for ten hops.
    • Help your child use the monkey bars at the park.
    • Play marching around the house.
    • Reward your child for crawling from the living room to the bedroom - as a bit of a game - even though your child is now walking.
    • Have your child catch a ball in their non-dominant hand and throw it back.
    • Make a game of having your child reach for something on the opposite side of their body.

    Putting some time into your child's laterality is important for their on-going development, especially reading and writing. It's worth having a little bit of fun making this happen because your child will willingly get involved not realising their brain is growing and developing!

  • Have you looked at 'how' to speak love into your child using the love languages? While a child is young, it's good to love them through all five love languages so here's some practical ideas you could try this week.

    Time – take a moment to have a ‘date’ with your child. If you can, one parent with one child – at the park, go for a walk, make a craft; if you can’t, set aside a chunk of time to complete a project with your children.

    Act of service – does your child look after a job around the house? Maybe they feed the cat or dry the dishes. Why don’t you take their turn? Make sure you tell them WHY you’re doing this or it will go unrecognized!

    Physical touch – easy as! A rough and tumble on the floor. Read a book snuggled on the couch together.

    Words of encouragement – write a note to tell your child how much you love them and why. “I love the way you smile.” “I love you because just because you are my son – no other reason.” “I love the way you care for your sister.” Speak out what you see for little ones who can’t yet read.

    Gifts – children don’t have a ‘value’ for money. Something small – something big but cheap; children view the item’s value to them rather than what you paid for it.

    We’re grateful to Gary Chapman who wrote the book, 5 Love Languages, and recommend it to you as an essential parenting title.

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Fires, floods and other nasties
If there has been a natural (or man made) disaster in your country, like fires, floods or even terrorism, and you'd like to support the groups in that area, depending which country you give from, we'll make sure these groups get help. The money will go to celebration items (like Christmas books or birthday gifts) and financial support of the local groups affected.
Families at risk
We're connecting with families who don't always see the value of mainly music sessions first off - but when they attend other services provided by agencies and participate, their smiles return as they connect with their child. It fills mum's life and develops the bond with her children.
Bring connection during Covid-19
We have many stories where mothers say, "I went to my GP. I was told to go on medication. I found mainly music. I don't need medication at all." Post natal depression, social isolation, anxiety along with Covid-19 restrictions can stop anyone in their tracks. Contributing to this fund from anywhere in the world will help those mainly music groups who are struggling financially.
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