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Learning through music singing and movement

Published: Fri, 29 Jan 2016
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Happy Tots children get to grips with some of the new toys.
Happy tots
There are happier families in Portadown thanks to an initiative which is helping promote good relations across the community.
The music and movement classes are run by Happy Tots with our support.. At the core of Happy Tots’ work is offering all children aged between 2 and 4 years old a safe environment which they are encouraged to play and learn together. The fun educational Jo Jingles classes are helping children develop their language skills while they learn about colours, shapes, numbers, animals using well-known nursery rhymes and action songs.
Our Cohesion team was pleased to support the initiative by Thomas Street Methodist Church.
Michelle Hazlett, our Good Relations Officer for the area, explains:
“We are committed to developing good relations through improving communications and developing good language skills is vital and this is a captivating project. Through music and dance the children are learning to speak and it is proving fabulous fun. We were pleased to support the children to have the chance to experience other cultures as they play together and learn within a wider group.”
The Housing Executive's Michelle Hazlett and Melvyn Spiers along with the Happy Tots enjoy playing the new musical instruments
Happy tots playing instruments
We have also been able to support the group to purchase equipment which will help the children benefit further by learning from an early age to respect difference, share and learn together.
Olivia Black, Playgroup Leader for Happy Tots at Thomas Street Methodist Church, added:
“The Happy Tots project encourages children from young age with diverse backgrounds across community to play and learn together. The new music and movement class is proving a terrific vehicle for this and is helping to improve the children’s language skills. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our project, it is greatly appreciated.”