Kids absorb how to do dance and sing, which is helping their memory, vocabulary and rhythm.
Chippewa Falls, WI (WEAU) - Summer vacation is almost over, but some local kids are waking up to bust a move, before they return to school.
When it comes to caring for babies, toddlers and kids, their minds are like a sponge. However, they're absorbing more than just letters and numbers in Chippewa Falls, they're movin' and groovin' to help their development.
For Jean Kosiara and her 18 month old named Lily, the local Movin' and Groovin' class is part of their Monday morning routine.
"Even on days it’s not Movin' and Groovin' that were here. She'll run to the gate and want to go to the music room to go dancing,” said Jean Kosiara, Chippewa Falls.
I'm a “Little Tea Pot or “Old Macdonald had a Farm” are classic songs most of us remember growing up. Thanks to the River Source Family Center, Lily and other kids can sing and dance to them too.
"The Movin’ and Groovin’ helps kids in a lot of different fronts. It teaches new vocabulary, and not just speaking it but the rhythms that come with the music helps kids remember,” said Tasha Wheiss.
"I can see when she'll start to say words to the certain songs and I know what song she means, where she'll start to do the hand gestures and stuff and she definitely remembers,” said Kosiara.
So whether it’s movin’ their feet or groovin’ to the beat, listening to music helps their memory and senses too.
"Interacting with other kids and picked up on rhythms and dancing and she recognizes certain songs even when were at home and listening to music,” said Kosiara.
“A lot of memory retention, their not only remembering the words, but the rhythms and actions that they learned maybe with the songs as well,” said Wheiss.
Even with a little reading mixed in, kids and parents are spending quality time with one another.
"I think we have a lot of technology which is great in our society today, but I think its really great to see parents and kids interacting,” said Wheiss.
"It's a fun class and we enjoy it every Monday,” said Kosiara.