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;

 

Disclaimer

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

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Teenager unplugged

We don’t live in an area renowned for its surf, the south coast of Devon is more of a sailor’s hot spot, but now and then we get some easy rollers hitting the shores of Sidmouth and with the promenade too busy for skateboarding, Teenager and his friends took to the sea for the 1st surf of the year. surf rollers in Sidmouth, Devon by Mum in a Nutshell It was changeable sunny day but I still had to give a hyperthermia pep talk as despite being protected by his winter wetsuit, the sea is still unbelievably cold. I actually came straight home and searched the internet for some wetsuit boots, he grows so quickly that I’m often caught short of clothing. A day out surfing with the teenager by  Mum in a nutshell I’m reading a fabulous book, How To Unplug Your Child by Liat Hughes Joshi which recognises the screen rich world teenagers live in, but at the same helps you mange their technology with ways to enjoy real life. how to unplugged your child, activities for families to help encourage some screen free time   It’s made me really assess how much time the boys have plugged in and we’re trying to encourage them to get out and about and do more away from the WiFi so I have no problem at all driving Teenager around to meet up with friends for activity fuelled days like these. 1st surf of the year, encouraging the Teenager to get off the Xbox is all the more easier when you live by the sea.  by Mum in a Nutshell However, I’m still in the crux of keeping a watchful, albeit distant, eye on him as I adjust to life with an child on the verge of becoming an adult. It’s still a minefield as to how much freedom we give him and how much protecting he needs. He’s never too bothered when I rein him in a little as he knows I always do it out love and not to mean. None the less, I was still nervous about letting him hit the waves without a beach lifeguard or adult keeping watch so Hubby and I casually dropped by with hot drinks for them all which were a welcome relief from the biting cold water. A five minute surf stop to fill up on hot drinks; h=getting your teenager off the wifi and out in the fresh air 4 hours later and we returned to take home 2 very tired, cold boys (the extra one being Teenager’s best friend who was on a sleep over.) They piled into the car, still in wetsuits that were too difficult to peel off with cold hands, turned the heating up and returned them safe in the comfort of the Xbox after hot showers and roast dinners which began an evening of non stop refuelling to replace the extra energy burnt. While I rinsed out 2 sea soaked wetsuits and worked on the endless food shopping lists that consume my life as a mum to a teenager. In an ever growing technological world, teenagers are hooked up to WiFi more often than not. Trying to get them away from their screens is no mean feat. By Mum in a Nutshell

 

 

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