101/103 News Letter Feb 2016


 Wednesday Feb 17th 2016 from 4:30-5:45 we will have a Pot-Luck event for our infant parents.

We welcome Ezra Patterson and his parents, James and Karena to our Infant Room. We are happy that you are here.


                                Did You Know?…

  1. Gertrude B. Nielsen is a peanut free zone.
  2. We request that parents and children wash their hands upon entering the classroom.  This helps keep our children, families and staff healthy.
  3. Allstate offers the use of their internal road system for Nielsen’s family’s safety and convenience.  Ask the front desk about the safest route to and from our Center using the Allstate road.
  4. Tuition is due each Monday if paid weekly and by the 8th day of the month if paid monthly.


This Month’s Theme: Let’s make Music

 Music plays a vital role in an infant’s brain development in numerous ways.Various studies have shown and proven that early exposure to music increases an infant’s abilities in many academic areas, including math and language development.  Early exposure to music also serves as a positive impact on an infant’s physical development, particularly with premature infants.  Early music exposure for infants can be the road to calm and self-soothing baby.



Building Baby’s Brain: The Role of Music” by Diane Bales, Ph.D.

The Importance of Music in a Baby’s Brain Development

  It is just NEVER to early to start children on music.  (I had fun adding pics of my own kids playing around when they were little.)  Enjoy reading about these simple, yet effective ways to build those sweet little brains.  

My son Zach at age 2

Music has an influence over everyone’s emotions, young and old alike. As adults, we know certain types of upbeat music will lift our spirits, while slow, sad songs may send us on a tearful trip down memory lane. But music also has a much deeper affect on our brains. In fact, research (Diane Bales, Ph.D.) has shown music plays an important role in a baby’s brain development. Music, singing or playing an instrument does not necessarily make a child smarter, but it does improve cognitive skills, which in turn lead to developmental advancements at every stage of life.

How Music Works
We are all born with billions of brain cells. During the infant and childhood years, those brain cells form connections with each other. As we grow, the brains connections we use most often become the strongest. Listening to music helps strengthen the music related cell connections which strengthen thinking and reasoning skills.

Turn on the radio or your iPad and listen to some music. As soon as the first note is played, your brain begins to think and reason what the name of the song is, the timing of the first word in conjunction with the music, the name of the band or singer and recalls all the words to a favorite song so you can sing along. Several other subconscious thinking skills were involved with you being able to sing along to a favorite song. Those skills were encouraged and created when you were a baby and listened to music.

Get Baby Rocking
Experts are in semi-agreement to what kind of music helps a baby’s brain develop best. All agree that classical music is the best due to the complex structure of the musical composition. However, most of them also agree while Mozart and Beethoven are the best, pop, country and even a little rock and roll will strengthen brain cell connections.

My daughter Grace at age 1

Play Music
A simple thing like turning the radio on in the nursery can help your baby become smarter. Keep soft music playing in the background while baby plays or naps. While the music plays, brains cells are connecting and outside noise is blocked so Baby can sleep more soundly. The type of music will also impact a baby or child’s mood, so be selective about the music you chose. A lullaby will soothe a baby or toddler while a heavy metal beat may increase activity and energy level.

Sing To Baby
Sing to your baby to accelerate brain development. Your baby or child will not care if you don’t sing well, and it’s a great way to have bonding and play time with your child. Sing all the baby lullabies and silly childhood songs that you loved as a child (which you remember because of the strong musical brain cell connections) and your child will love them too.

Early Music Lessons
If you plan on providing music lessons for your child, start early. Even very young children can learn to keep rhythm on a tambourine or maracas. Introduce them to the piano, drums or other instrument before they start school to help foster a love for music and strong thinking skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetime.

Nick Hernandez writes about child development, parenting and education. His best work is about online education degrees.

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101/103 Lesson Plan Feb 2016



Vocabulary: clap, shake, play, loud, soft


-         Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter

-         The Itsy Bitsy Spider interpreted by Iza Trapani

-         Peter Rabbit’s Lullabies by DK Publishers

-         Book of Nursery Rhymes by Ian Penney

~ Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.


      Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:   “Five Little Monkeys”; “The Muffin Man”

        “Pat-a-Cake”; “The Wheels on the Bus”

Music:              - Play music on CD from different cultures

              - Use different instruments to create music

Dramatic Play: Mimic different movements to the rhythm of the music playing on CD

~ Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions through creative expression


             Science/Social Studies/ Math

Science:  On the stroller ride, listen to the birds chirp in the aviary


Social Studies: With the children, sit, kneel, or stand with them as you clap, sing, snap, stomp, jump, dance, etc.


Math: Practice counting as we clap our hands and stomp our feet


~ Children demonstrate interest and eagerness in learning about their world



    Physical Development: Movement /Outdoor

Activities: -

- Sing songs to the children on a stroller ride outside (weather permitting)

-Sway back and forth like the wind using colored scarves

-Take musical instruments outside to play on the playground (weather permitting)

~ An opportunity to be aware how objects and people move and fit in space. Also develop language and cognitive skills.


                                    Art Appreciation: Art/Sensory


- Finger paint while the music is playing in the classroom

- Paint with soft colors and bold colors

- Wash our instruments in the sensory bin

- Explore different cultural instruments in the sensory bin


~ Finding their creative ways to make art will inspire children and spark their imagination



”            Parent Participation


Parent Involvement Opportunities:


- If your child has a favorite CD that he or she likes to listen to at home, please bring it in to share with the classroom.

- Play a game of “Floaty Scarf”: fling a scarf in the air and let your child watch it settle or land on their head or the floor

- Sing songs to your child in the car, at the dinner table, in the bath, before bed, etc.