Music with a strong beat.
For a child who is sitting independently, play some fun music and see if the child moves to the beat spontaneously. Also see if he can imitate your movement patterns with body, arms, or head.
Movement to the beat of the music demonstrates awareness of physical movement patterns.
Parents often do not know that the simple things they see their child doing, like lifting an unfamiliar cup to their mouth, demonstrates learning. Explain that noticing different kinds of patterns, whether they are physical, tactile, visual, or mental helps us organize the world in a meaningful way. “I do this with things that look like a ball, and something different with an object with a different shape.” As infant’s move from mouthing everything, encourage parents to notice the child’s growing ability to understand different patterns.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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