Ever notice how your little one loves doing some over and over again? Even if drives you crazy, they will ask for the same book to read, the same song to be played, or same game to be played again and again! When young children use repetition, they are learning and refining new skills their growing brains need every day.
Think back to something you were learning how to do, maybe riding a bike, learning to code, or having better eating habits. None of these things (typically) are achieved on the first try, it takes a lot of repetition until they are mastered. While we may consciously plan the how and where we will practice our desired new skills, young children naturally do this every day.
When a young child is learning to master a new skill, they go through a lengthy trial and error process as their brains discover the best way to achieve this skill.It can be painstaking to watch them fall or fail as they are learning, but with time and practice, they are usually able to achieve what they desire. Through this repetition, their brain is figuring out what does or doesn’t work, the best way they can do this skill, and the most efficient way. Once these neural pathways are set, they are able to do this skill with ease. Amazing right??
For instance, the first time children come to class they may be focused on the new space they are in, trying to figure out what is going on, and just taking in everything that happens in 45 minutes. When they come consistently, they are comfortable with their environment, they know our predictable routine and expectations, and they then are able to develop whatever skill they are naturally working on at that time. Whether it is singing along, tapping to the beat, jumping off the ground, or discovering how to use the musical instruments, it is important that they have this time each week to build upon these skills.
We can encourage their natural development by giving them time to repeat experiences over and over. That is one of the main reasons why Zumbini is only offered in a session-format.
We believe that children need consistent opportunities to experience and grow their skills at their own natural timeline. When children only try something once or twice, or at inconsistent intervals, they aren’t able to really develop a skill.