G8 introduces a rhythmic movement program to support children’s self-regulation
G8 Education introduced an evidence-based rhythm and movement curriculum to its Early Childhood Teachers (ECT) through a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The professional development partnership between G8 Education and the world premiere of QUT Rhythm and Movement Program for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) will see more 600 ECTs from across Australia have been trained to deliver elements of the RAMSR program – enabling them to help thousands of children improve their self-regulation in their learning environments.
Self-regulation includes the important skills of regulating attention and emotions, working memory, the ability to shift attention between information and tasks, impulse control, and concentration, all of which affect learning. and social development.
RAMSR sees children perform complex and coordinated movements to specially developed pieces of music to help support the development of their attentional and emotional skills.
“Research has established that musicians have more connected and efficient brains and that group musical experiences contribute to social cohesion,” said Associate Professor Kate Williams, developer of the RAMSR program.
“Our research showed greater teacher-reported self-regulation skills in RAMSR children throughout the kindergarten year than those in control groups.”
The program includes some “brain tricks” to practice impulse control, such as asking children to being still even when the music is playing – the brain’s ‘air traffic control system’ must activate to limit the natural impulse to move, Associate Professor Williams explained.
Throughout the program, G8 ECTs will be equipped with practical skills and resources to be able to immediately implement the basics of RAMSR in their learning environments.
RAMSR travels the country with the G8 education team for its first event on early childhood Teacher Roadshow, which will see ECTs collaborate with leading researchers and professionals such as RAMSR.
“I think what’s special about the RAMSR program is that we know what incredible benefits it has for children, but it also supports the well-being of educators and teachers by promoting the importance of ‘play’ for adults,” said Ali Evans, G8 Head of Early Learning and Education.