• Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™

    A Peek Inside
  • Dance Exploration’s Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ class allows your toddler to dance, learn and grow with you by their side. Your child’s movement and motor abilities are improved as they learn basic gross and fine motor skills as they tip toe, twirl, and tap along under your watchful eye. Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ offers conceptual based learning as different parts of class focus on levels, shapes, speed, tempo, directions and more to really tap into your child’s cognitive learning development. Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™️ is designed to brighten your day as you watch your child grow physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Our learn at your own pace class structure allows you to enjoy this unique bonding experience with your toddler in a fun and stress free environment! We can’t wait to welcome you to the Dance Exploration Family!

  • Enroll in Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ Class

  • Dance Exploration is excited to offer a class to caregiver’s and children that are under the age of three. If you’ve ever been turned away from a dance studio because your child is too young, we have a solution for you! Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™  is a class designed for children 18 months (or walking age) up to age 3. Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ offers a relaxed atmosphere designed for each individual child and caregiver to study and learn at their own pace. At Dance Exploration, we understand that all children grow and develop at their own rate. Therefore we open the class up to early bloomers – the children younger than 18 months that may already be walking and talking; as well as the children who still love spending time with mom or dad and aren’t quite ready to leave them behind for a 45 minute class like Creative Dance

    Class begins with parachute play. Parachute play is great for young kids as it enhances their visual cues as they observe the  parachute flying up and down, while also strengthening their fine motor skills as they grasp the handles to manipulate the parachute floating up and down. We love saying “peek-a-boo” to our friends on the other side! After sitting, we come to standing and carry the parachute round and round as we walk in a circle. We manipulate the parachute by putting it “little in the middle” (making it small) and big to take up the whole space. We reverse directions and take the parachute high to the sky and low to the floor. Of course parachute play would not be complete without going under the parachute! 

     

     

  • Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ also includes shaking music makers and shaking scarves. We love using props that explore different textures and make different sounds. Musical Eggs, Tambourines and Maracas make up our music makers. While the scarves make it so much fun to twirl high, low and all around! Both activities are focused on improving the child’s ability to grasp and manipulate objects; which is important for fine motor development. We are also working on hand-eye coordination as we play with levels and following the props with our eyes. Gross motor skills during this part of class may include marches, twirls, twirls on one leg, crouching and tip toes.  

  • Our favorite toy in class is of course the Teddy Bear! We play several games with the Teddy Bear including a relaxation time which includes child and caregiver cuddling, and hugging as they interact with their teddy bears. This part of class is an important bonding moment between caregiver and child. There are no directions or teacher led instructions. This moment is 100% at your own pace. After our relaxation we dance to the song “Teddy Bear Turn Around.” We follow along to the words of the song twirling around, touching the ground, showing our shoes, marching up stairs, and stretching to say goodnight. Then we all go to sleep. The last Teddy Bear Game, and perhaps the favorite, is Teddy Bear Twist. We place all the Teddy Bears in our parachute. We make the Teddy Bears shake rattle and roll in the parachute. The game ends with the dancers going for our a ride with their teddy bears in the middle of the parachute. 

    Class ends with some bubble time with mommy or caregiver. 

    Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ is currently offered on Tuesday mornings 9:30-10:00am and Saturday mornings 9:30-10:00am at the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center located at 2301 Woodlands Blvd in Castle Rock, Colorado. To view our full schedule of Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ classes click here. To request a Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ Class at your center or school please email us at info@dancexploration.co

  • Enroll in Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ Class

  • Class Details

    • Ages:
      18 Months - 3 years old
    • Class Style:
      Parent Participation
    • Class Length:
      30 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:10
    • Class Location:
      Castle Rock Community Recreation Center

      2301 Woodlands Blvd Castle Rock, CO
    • Day of the Week and Times:
      Tuesdays - 9:30-10:00am

      Saturdays - 9:30-10:00am
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Children will learn basic fine motor skills and improved hand strength when they grasp props and toys
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture
    • Children will improve hand-eye coordination by waving and playing with scarves, parachutes and bubbles
    Cognitive Development
    • Children will learn concepts such as over, under, through, around, etc during Story Dance Pathway™ Activities
    • Children will improve memory skills as they complete weekly progressions
    • Children will learn how to adjust movement when hearing tempo changes in music
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving
    • Patience and sharing are practiced skills in the Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ classes
    Language Skills
    • Children will learn new dance terminology and how to associate that terminology with the correct movement
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to not only their care givers, but also their dance teacher
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