Don't rush my childhood
We came across this image the other day and it really hit home with us. It reminded us of the very core of our product and why we believe in tiny toes ballet. It is so developmentally accurate and everything our tiny toes programme is built upon.
It's not always easy understanding your little ones behaviours but when we start to delve into the whys and hows, we can stop and consider it from their perspective.
Emma Morgan, our founder and director says "When I founded Tiny Toes Ballet, I was determined to find a way to combine the enormous benefits ballet brings with my belief that children learn best when they are given space to explore their imaginations. I wanted to find a way to harness that natural desire to dance that I saw in my son, but in a way that fostered confidence, learning and above all, joy.”
Childhood is precious and we should embrace that. Our tiny toes sessions are designed to encourage creativity and independent thinking. In an ever-changing world, the ability to adapt and think creatively is essential. By 2020 'Creativity' will be one of the top three skills required by every employee.
Take a read of each milestone. Are these things you recogonise in your own little one?
I am new- nuture me
I am a bundle of potential and need
I am a consumer of information. I watch, listen, taste, hear and smell
I am a busy brain driven to learn
I am a scientist and problem solver
I am hope and joy personified
I am 1- I am NOT a lttle baby
I am a curious, observant, energetic, determind, focused and sometimes stubborn scienctist
I am a natural born learning-all-the-time explorer of stuff...an insatiable consumer of sensory expierences
I am highly evolved and very capable future adult, eager to engage the world
I am 2- Dont underestimate me
Its not easy. Im realising the world no longer revolves around me like it did when I was younger
Still, lifes not so terrible. Its just a bit complex and overwhelming at times
Im trying to understand the world and my curiosity and drive sometimes look like trouble. I am a force to be reckoned with, a busy brain on the go
I am 3- Let me play. Trust me, Im learning
I am not built to sit still, keep my hands to myself, take turns, be patient, stand inline, or keep quiet
I need motion, I need novelty, I need adventure, and I need to engage the world with my whole body
I am 4- Challenge me
Im a smooth talking, agile, and observant seeker of adventure
I am kind of a know- it -all, as in I want to know it all
I have more questions in me than you have answers
I am perseptive enough to sense this can frustrate you, but please don't discount my inquisitiveness
I am 5- Don't rush my childhood
I am a risk taker and mess maker
I am confident doer of exciting things. I'm not built for desk sitting. My busy brain craves action and novelty
I am not as grownup as some people think- I still need to play, move, and explore