Tasmania has some of the poorest literacy levels in the country, with a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 2011-2012 showing half of all Tasmanian’s aged 15 to 74 are functionally illiterate and more than half are functionally innumerate.
ExitLeft Performance Academy’s Director, Ian Williams, says parents can start to help developing their child’s language, literacy and numeracy skills in the first year of life through involving their children in music.
“The research on the benefits of music on a child’s development is endless. Music contributes to what experts call ‘a rich sensory environment’. This simply means exposing kids to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colours, and sounds can help enhance children’s communication skills at an early age,” Mr Williams explains.
ExitLeft Performance Academy provides weekday 30 minute Toddler Tunes workshops for children from birth to 4 years.
“In these workshops music ignites all areas of the child’s development from intellectual, social and emotional, motor and language skills. Essentially, it helps the body and mind work together”
“For toddlers and preschoolers, participating in music can be a dynamic social learning experience. Research has shown that the younger children start participating in music the more beneficial it will be to a child’s development, including their speech and reading skills later in life,” Mr Williams said.
Toddler Tunes is an adventure into a magical half hour of fun-filled laughter and unbridled joy run by the ExitLeft Performance Academy in Hobart and Kingston. The perfect activity for parents and little ones 0-4 years!