Pomelody launches to give children the gift of learning through music

It’s Launch day for Pomelody! These guys are promising to give children the gift of learning and development through music and I thought I’d weigh in with my tuppence to let you know why I’m rooting for them and the value I place on music throughout the early years (and beyond.)

You may or may not know that prior to being a blogger and social media manager I worked with children, clocking up 13 years in total. During those years I studied and pretty much immersed myself in the amazing concept of child development. Towards the end of this career stint I ran classes for parents and their babies and toddlers where speech and language was the main focus. While singing may not be my strong point, especially when your class co-host sings like a Disney princess, I did have a firm belief that singing and rhyme had a huge effect on a child’s language development.

I sang to youngest every day, even now we have a sing off most bed times and I have no hesitation in saying that it influenced his talking and understanding. Sometimes to my detriment, usually at 5.30 am when he can articulate, very vocally, what he wants. On repeat.

So if we’re singing on the sang hymn sheet (see what I did there?) read on as this Pomelody kickstarter sounds fantastic.

Home-based e-learning music platform for pre-schoolers aims to unlock a child’s innate musical talent and potentially increase IQ by 18% –

Pomelody is a comprehensive online music education system for children 0-6 and their families. It’s the world’s first music education e-learning platform for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It’s designed from the ground up to stimulate a child’s music potential while giving parents (even those with no music ability) an opportunity to bond and have fun. Every quarter, Pomelody delivers an online (via PC, laptop, tablet) series of music.

The idea came from professional musicians Adam and Anna who, whilst raising a young family and knowing how powerfully music impacts on a child’s development, tried to find musical content that they could use in order to interact with their children.

There was very little musical content available and what was available was unstructured. They set about designing, testing and recording a series of specially recorded songs, music theory tutorials for parents and animated stories for kids. The result is the first simple to access (online via PC, laptop or tablet), fun and engaging platform for parents to embrace music along with their young children. Indeed, the first music-making classes for families ever put on video.

The production of content (season one is finalised) and building the platform is nearly finished. Pomelody is now turning to Kickstarter to secure funding of $30,000 to help develop further seasons (delivered quarterly) and to finish the platform build.

 

Pomelody are promising to give children the gift of learning and development through music and this is why I think thats great!

What do you get as a series backer of Pomelody? (earlybird discount $69)

  • Collection of 25 songs – composed, recorded and produced with 12 different bands/artists
  • 10 Pomelody classes recorded
  • One songbook
  • 3 animated lectures with music theory for parents
  • Animated stories

Importantly, Pomelody also has a of $55,000 on Kickstarter which will enable the development of an institutional version of the platform, giving free access to orphanages around the world.

Adam, Weber founder of Pomelody, said:

“Music is such a powerful medium to stimulate a child’s imagination. Its benefits stretch way beyond childhood with many reports suggesting that it can boost an individual’s adult IQ by up to 18%, compared to children with no early years music exposure. Whilst this is motivation in itself, it’s the sheer joy and bonding between a child and its parents that makes interacting with music so magical. With Pomelody we have a created a unique opportunity for families to bond, to learn, to have fun and to stimulate the next generation. We are very excited to bring this project to market and, fingers crossed, we can achieve our stretch goal and give free access to underprivileged children around the world.”

You can always watch the video below to see it in action;

 

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I received compensation in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Fostering Enthusiasm At Little House of Science

Many moons ago, in a previous profession I delivered parenting and baby development classes. They weren’t your run of the mill ‘do this, do that’ type sessions, more about teaching you about how your baby and child see the world. It was something I was very passionate about, you see a whole new perspective on things when looking through their eyes

It was during these classes that I would find myself handing out the same key message over and over again and no-no matter what the age, was to think of your baby, toddler or child as a little scientist. Everything they do, is about testing a hypothesis and understanding how something works. It’s how they figure out life and play is the best way to do it.

I’m not alone in seeing childhood as such a vital time of learning, the ladies who founded Little House of Science also saw the ever-growing demand from children wanting to learn more about how the world works!

From Little Discovery classes for 6 to 24 months where preschool activities are designed to support the love of learning and encourage all the children to interact with the world right up to Big Science classes where 8 – 11 year olds have a weekly project based science workshops.

With a drive to wanting their own children (1 boy and three girls between them) to explore and find answers to the questions about their world around them…such as how plants breathe, the universe, its galaxies and stars to name a few. The partners at Little Science  felt it would be great to have a safe and fun environment for kids to learn about science and all the questions around it. An environment which is active, full of project based learning, hands-on and stimulating.

With a guiding principle to ensure the kids go away with inspiration and enthusiasm about learning and wanting to know more about nature and the supportive facts, Little House of Scientists  hope to capture that enthusiasm from preschool while encouraging characteristics of learning identified in the EYFS,

and with that setting up a love of how things work.

I love that idea!

(There classes are currently London-based at present but if enhancing learning and early years experiences is something you feel passionate about why not check out the franchise options?)

the little house of science is the perfect baby, toddler or kids class to help extend children's natural curiosity into how things work

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Tips for Moving Your Toddler Out Of A Cot Into A Bed

The topic of sleep always comes up when you have a baby, whether it’s people asking the dreaded “is he /she sleeping through yet?’ to the desperate pleas of a sleep deprived parents wondering if they’re ever going to sleep again.

I speak from experience!

So I decided, after having two babies who needed a little extra reassurance during the night, that I wasn’t going to make sleep an issue when number three came along. But I’m not going to pretend that it made it an easier, there were still moments when I wondered if I should be more strict and enforce a tighter routine. Especially now we’re in the transition of moving the Toddler out of a cot into a bed.

With experts suggesting that children need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night for optimal learning and development as well as obesity, a reduced immune system, bad moods and behaviour and even depression also being linked to sleep deprivation. I need to get this transition right so we don’t set up any bad habits, it’s also a great time to start working on a new routine.

With the cot gone, we’re looking at creating the optimum sleep environment. Creating a relaxing room and making sure that it’s as comfortable as possible is the main focus of the move. We’ve switched from using blankets to a light 4.5 tog duvet, soft, comfortable cotton bed sheets and he now has a pillow.

With the introduction of a toddler bed (which is the same size as a cot bed) we’ll be getting a new, more supportive mattress and with potty training on the horizon, a mattress protector is a must! The anti allergy mattress protector and the protector pad from The Fine Bedding Company  are both on my tick list for using at home and for taking on holidays.

During the actual move, I give extra reassurance and with the bath, book and bed routine in place. It’s a gentle, gradual transition. We also spend more time playing in his room getting him use to the change during the day.

Furniture which allows your toddler to move freely around and access toys and the bed it’s self really helps them get a sense of the room being their space and ultimately a place they’re happy to be left in. While a soft night-light, which they can operate them selves, will help settle them down for the night. But keeping other distractions and electrics to a limit is also worth considering,

We’re always kept our kids rooms screen free until they were much, much older and I avoid sending my boys to their rooms as a punishment, I never wanted them to see it as a negative space, although this could explain why the teenager now rarely ventures out of his, other than in the search of food!

At the end of the day, bedrooms should be fun, safe and imaginative spaces  which help their physical and emotional development so it really does pay to give it some thought into how you finish it and the products you use.

helping your child to move from a cot to a bed with these tips and ideas

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Grabbing Life With Both Hands – Living Arrows

I wasn’t sure how to introduce this photo, or whether it needed an introduction at all. It caters for everyone; a lovely view of a tranquil beach at low tide with the stunning Jurassic Coast sweeping out into the horizon, for those with little interest in cute kids. And a toddler taking it all in for anyone who does love to see what my bonkers son has been up to this week.

But what I love and you may or may not have noticed is the look of wonder on his little face. This is one little boy who is grabbing life with both hands, who touches and fiddles with everything just to experience it, process it and store it away in his busy brain for the next time he needs it and who experiences life at such a bewildering speed, taking in and doing as much as possible that he’s rarely still.

We used to call them ‘flitters’ at work. Those kids who flitted from one task to the next, we were even given advise on how to encourage them to stay at one activity. As a parent, I see this enthusiasm and inquisitiveness as a gift. Life’s just too dull to sit at one toy and play with it over and over again. My boy is testing the waters of everything in his path until somethings grabs his fascination.

And once he’s found that momentary fascination he will do it over and over again until he’s worked it out in his little brain. (look up schemas if you want to elaborate on that one)

Some weeks he wants to help with the household chores, others its trying to get into his brother’s bedrooms to copy what they do. (it’s quite a sight seeing a toddler sat on a computer chair, typing a key board and babbling through a mic!)

Lately it’s puddles. Muddy, road side or a spillage in the kitchen. He loves them all. Wellies or no wellies, a puddle, what ever the shape or size, is for jumping and stomping.

So when I caught this moment of brief wonder on a trip to the beach, I suspect he was psyching himself up to the biggest puddle jumping session ever known to man. I watched as he took a moment pausing to work out if it was a puddle at all.

And then charged towards it without a care in the world.

With a very nervous mum running after him!

standing on the beach in Sidmouth, this week's living arrows

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Talk to me baby | Living Arrows

I’ve always talked and chatted to my boy, ever since he was a tiny baby. Explaining what I was doing, what his brothers were doing and what his dad should be doing. knowing that children learn how to speak from hearing and seeing words and I’ve noticed that he understands so much more than he can say.

It’s quite an amazing thing to witness your toddler following instructions the first time and helps avoid some frustrations (notice I wrote some and not all!) it also reminds me on a daily basis to never to under-estimate what little ones are capable of.

As a teenager I spent some time with my cousin and her children who were 1 and 3 at the time. Living in a small town in Anglesey , they were being brought up bilingual, and at such a young age the pre schooler could speak many words in Welsh as well as English. She was also, rather cleverly, able to insult me in a language that I couldn’t understand. I was too impressed at the time to be cross that she knew that my Welsh was very limited and had no idea what she was saying!

I’ve followed the golden rules of early language development with my boy; giving him time to answer (those neurons take a while to process and work out a response) making sure we get lots of eye contact and chatting in a normal way, rather than baby talk. Explaining how things work, why I’m doing it, where we’re going and not ignoring his attempts to start a conversation. And it’s certainly paying off.

There are times when I really have to watch what I’m saying around him as he’s showing so many new words at an astounding rate. There is the tell-tale of a ‘sh’ on occasions when he drops something which I’m hoping won’t develop into what I think he’s trying to say! But there are also the moments he bless’ me when I sneeze, babbles “lub lu” and says hello to every passing person.

I’m sharing a photo of a long babbling conversation we had this week at the dinner table, the expressions and seriousness told me that he had something really important to tell me.

I’m loving these moments more than anything at the moment, especially as they make up for the lack of conversations else wear in the house!

how I'm making sure my toddler gets the best start in his language development

 

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