TOTS preschoolers make a musical night

Date Published: 
Nov. 2, 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Preschoolers are movin’ and groovin’ at a music night at Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) in Frankford.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Preschoolers are movin’ and groovin’ at a music night at Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) in Frankford.These preschoolers were ready to boogie. Live music filled the gym this month at Indian River School District’s Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) program.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, Nancy Curry of Makin’ Music Delaware led the children in singing and dancing. She will give three TOTS nighttime shows, plus several classroom visits, this school year, made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Freeman Foundation.

TOTS serves kids ages 3 and 4 who have developmental disabilities or delays.

Kids sing throughout the day, such as the clean-up song. But on their music night, they used listening skills to dance and follow motions.

“This was something that I thought was just little bit different. … This was just pure entertainment,” said Loretta Ewell, TOTS coordinator.

Besides being fun, music can help develop young brains.

“Music has a lot of value in teaching not only social-emotional skills, but academic skills. We can count in music, we use our bodies,” said Ewell, a former music therapist.

The evening also got parents involved with the music, dinner and a parents’ council meeting.

“I just wanted something parents could enjoy as well, as part of parent nights,” Ewell said. “It was a lot of fun. We had 71 total in attendance.”

The TOTS program is located within the G.W. Carver Educational Center in Frankford.