The Petit Paris Playgroup pedagogy
Playgroups to grow and flourish through music.
Created in 2016 with artists, singers, musicians, and early childhood animation professionals (Gymboree and Conservatory), the Petit Paris Playgroup pedagogy is based on personal development, feelings and the pleasure that music brings.
The musical awakening workshops are bilingual and last 50 minutes.
The speakers are first and foremost artists , with varied and complementary musical profiles and skills. Native Anglophones or Francophones, all bilingual, even trilingual (French, English, Spanish), they transmit their passion through music as well as key musical concepts through a series of recurring activities in English and French.
A clear and fixed frame
A multitude of themes are discussed throughout the year in order to arouse musical curiosity. Nevertheless, the workshops are very structured in order to give a fixed framework and benchmarks to the children, whether they are 5 months or 5 years old. Thanks to this framework, they gain confidence because they know from one playgroup to another the structuring activities and songs. After one or two workshops, they become more autonomous and "get into the dance" with the others.
The playgroup includes the following activities:
Warming up to become aware of your body,
Action songs, songs with gestures to develop observation, memory, language and synchronization between the hand, the eye and the word (song).
Rhythmic games with transmissions of key musical concepts
Handling musical instruments: perfect fine motor skills and stimulate the same areas of the brain as during scientific activities.
Dance: express your emotions and share a strong moment with your mother (or other adult) and the other children
Songs of hello and goodbye: to give spatio-temporal landmarks
The songs covered are 30% children's songs and 70% contemporary (adults) because it is also about transmitting the taste for "good sounds" from the cradle (The Beatles, Estelle, ACDC, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Harry Bellafonte ...).
Likewise, not all children's songs are classic because we draw on traditional and exotic repertoires.
Just like in Montessori schools, children are in multi-age workshops.
Why and what are the benefits for children?
This age diversity benefits all children. Indeed, we work on the awareness of the other and on the dissemination of artistic knowledge while respecting the rhythm of each one.
The youngest are stimulated by the older ones.
The older ones play a role model with the younger ones and see their self-confidence strengthened.
The artist, as for her, interacts with all the children whatever their age: by speaking to them one by one, by distributing them musical instruments to handle, by presenting them the gestures and choreography, the rules of the musical games. ..
It will also make older children more responsible in rhythmic games, but also in the way they address them, ask them questions, have them repeat words in English and French, and listen to their answers.
The little ones who do not yet speak, see in the older ones a role of model, to which they aspire by imitation.
This environment based on exchange between all is highly stimulating and fulfilling. It reproduces the reality of social life, where we are in regular contact with people of all ages.
The goal: to have fun and arouse musical curiosity.
In the end, the whole pedagogy has the ultimate objective of awakening artistic sensibilities as naturally as possible in order to help children gain confidence and flourish.
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