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  • 14Jul

    Family Learning, Learning For Life

    An area of Boogie Mites’ work that you may not know about is our Family Learning courses across London and the South.

    We have been involved with this work for many years now, taking many of our programmes to parents and children through partnership work with children’s centres, pre-schools and primary schools.

    So what is Family Learning, and why does Boogie Mites do it? 

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    Posted at 11:06

  • 22Jun

    Time For Transitions

    Well, here we are again – the summer term; a time of transition, moving on from nursery and pre-school towards Reception year. We wrote about this very subject three years ago, and noted that there wasn’t an agreed national definition for the term ‘School Ready, and guess what?! There still isn’t!

    By not having an agreed, single definition of what ‘School Readiness’ really is makes it a lot harder for families to actually understand what is being prioritised, and how they can support their child move into the reception year.

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    Here at Boogie Mites, we have thought about this a lot, and our School Ready music programme is perfect for supporting that transition for families and settings.

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    Posted at 10:49

  • 10May

    Win When You're Singing

     

    When we sing together, we win together…or so football fans would have you believe!

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    Have you ever noticed that when people get together, the joy is tripled when we start singing and dancing? Smiles break out, people are more animated, and there’s a lot more connection between them. Even us socially awkward British can muster up a few football chants for 90 minutes to get behind our teams and spur them on to a win!

     

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  • 25Apr

    Music and Mood - Music and Food!

    “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth …”

    I’m sure you’ve all heard the infectious song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and you may have even seen any number of wonderful videos on social media with children (from 2 to 92!) dancing along to it. But what is it about music that can really lift our mood or help to calm us down, and what could this mean for our work with young children?

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    Posted at 18:36

  • 01Mar

    How Can I Keep From Dancing?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises that childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. The latest figures reveal that over a fifth of children in Reception year (aged 4-5) are overweight or obese, which can have serious implications for longer-term health.

    Let’s just think about that for a second…

    Over 20% of children are overweight or obese when they start school

    It’s quite a figure – which means, as parents of children in the early years, or the practitioners who work with them, we have to be part of the solution to the growing problem.

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    Posted at 21:34

  • 14Feb

    Intergenerational music-making: creating communities, sharing songs, finding friendships

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    “Intergenerational music-making? What on earth is THAT?!” I hear you ask! Yes, it certainly does sound complex, but the reality is that it is just people from different age groups making music together. You may have seen a lovely film circulating in both print and social media about an intergenerational learning centre in Seattle. A preschool is situated next to a centre for older people and they come together for lots of different activities (including music) and have found that both groups have the time of their lives!

     

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  • 10Jan

    How To Make A DIY Music Kit For Pennies!

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    Your basic music kit for active music making can be very simple and best of all can be made by you very inexpensively. When you involve the children in making instruments you are also offering them an opportunity for creative play where they can develop their language, physical and social skills – and that’s before they have even started to play the instruments. So read on to find out how to make your DIY Music Kit!

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    Posted at 08:08

  • 10Jan

    How To Make Their First Week Fun With Drums! (Series 1/4)

    How To Make Big School Fun With Drums No Text
     
    If you are a reception teacher – or even if you are getting ready for your new pre school intake – you have one thing on your mind: what on earth to do with 30 children when they arrive in September.  With all your concerns about routines, settling in, classroom organisation, behaviour management systems etc you may be forgiven for thinking that you really don't have time to thing about making drums for heavens sake! I'm here to change your mind with video training and downloadables that make implementing music easy!

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    Posted at 07:49

  • 09Jan

    Recycle Christmas Debris Into Junk Percussion: Here's How!

    Remember this??

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    Christmas may seem like a distant memory but you may still have some reminders of the fun - like sweet tins, disgarded wrapping paper, cardboard tubes and boxes.

     

    STOP! Don't throw away your rubbish, let's all see what noise it makes!!

     

    Read on and discover how to create EYFS music activities using recycled 'rubbish'.

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    Posted at 19:48

  • 10Nov

    Music For Children With Hearing Impairments: 5 Top Tips

    Following on from our last blog about ‘why’ hearing impaired and deaf children can and should be given the opportunity to access music, we’ve compiled 5 top tips to help you omake your music sessions more accessible for them.

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    Posted at 06:50