(Kids & Co. Child Development Center)
– Toddler classroom teachers Danielle Combs and Madison Bragg decided to get their groove on in Giles County at Kids & Co. Child Development Center to celebrate Music Monday for Week of the Young Child. The children shimmied, spun, and wiggled to a wide variety of global beats with different music from Latin, African, Celtic, Asian, Caribbean and even animal sounds.

“The children love any activity with music! We used music from different parts of the world and different cultures,” says Ms. Combs. These two-year-old musicians also discovered a variety of hand-held instruments, such as: rhythm sticks, bells tambourines, maracas, and drums. Hearing music lets children explore dance concepts such as speed, force, and time, and moving their bodies develops spatial awareness and movement control. Bringing music into the toddler classroom not only energizes the children, it also gives their young minds a workout.

 

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ABOUT THIS SERIES
This story is part of United Way of Southwest Virginia’s spotlight series highlighting five programs in our Virginia Quality network during the 2017 Week of the Young Child™, when we formally recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy and celebrate the providers who bring early childhood education to young children. Through these stories, you will see the investment these programs are making in the lives of tomorrow’s workforce – teaching them to create, learn, eat healthy, sing, dance, problem-solve, think, engage, and celebrate – and preparing them for the next steps in their journey through life in Southwest Virginia. To read other stories in this Week of the Young Child™ spotlight series, visit www.netnswvarelief.wpengine.com/week-of-the-young-child.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life. Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change. With a footprint that covers almost 15% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia serves Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton. For more information about United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit www.UnitedWaySWVA.org.

ABOUT WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children. For more information and inspiration on how you can celebrate Week of the Young Child™, visit www.naeyc.org.