Tomorrow marks a sad day for us. It will, unexpectedly, be our final session at Jo Jingles.
We have been going to Jo Jingles each week since Daniel was around eight weeks old. In those first early weeks he could only manage to stay awake for the welcome song. Slowly, he managed to stay awake for the whole session, but would then fall sound asleep for a few hours at home.
How I loved those Thursday afternoons. It was my afternoon to get on with all my jobs and Daniel would wake, fully rested. He loved Jo Jingles and in half term weeks he would find his Jo Jingles t-shirt and bring it to me. I would then try to re-create the Jo Jingles experience…. never quite living up to it.
Emma has been going to Jo Jingles since she was conceived and her first session was when she was just 11 days old.
Sadly, our class has now been cancelled as the numbers attending haven’t been consistent for a long time now, and the venue used isn’t great (poorly heated and the floor was filthy last week). If I’m truthful I am surprised it has managed to continue as long as it has done.
I had expected Jo Jingles to be something that I would do with the children until they went to nursery/school. I hadn’t expected to find out the group would end so unexpectedly, but can fully understand why it has.
Daniel and Emma have had the same brilliant class leader since day one. She is fantastic and Daniel loves to give her hugs goodbye. Daniel has learnt so much from attending the class, he loves to join in with ‘tidy up time’ and playing sleeping bunnies and playing with the bubbles. Emma too is now recognising the pattern of the sessions and is really enthusiastic, waving to Jo and playing all the instruments.
We do have the option to attend a different group but I am not sure if I can make it work at the moment, and we really wanted to stay with the same teacher.
So, tomorrow morning may well be our final time jingling. It has been such a wonderfully important part of Daniel and Emma’s early lives and they have learnt so much from attending. If you have a Jo Jingles group near you I really do recommend trying it out. There is all sorts of research which shows the positive impact music has on the development of young children. I am sure it is all true, and we have our own musical time at home when the box of instruments come out and the Jo Jingles CD goes on. I never quite provide the same level of Jingling skills as our class leader does, but Daniel and Emma join in enthusiastically.
Tomorrow truly marks the end of an era for the children (and me), but we will have some fond memories.