My name is Christine and I am a mother of two beautiful children, Gabrielle & Christian.
During my 29 years of teaching, I completed my N.N.EB, Montessori, NVQ in assessing, practical language diploma in French, Portage special needs course, Drama tots training, and an “Emotional well-being” training seminar in New York.
I began managing and teaching a small nursery in Camden Town, Alpha Beta Nursery. It was here where I developed my passion for teaching as the rewards and feedback from parents, children and colleagues were extremely rewarding.
After 10 wonderful years at Alpha Beta Nursery I left to have my beautiful daughter Gabrielle and devoted myself to being a full-time mother.
In 2006 I dedicated time and passion in developing my own French club called Dansez et Chantez (dance & sing), which has been extremely popular within nurseries in London.
In 2008 I introduced my Boogie Bear Music & Drama classes, and was able to extend my age range, which was very exciting to work with babies!
With the popularity of my Boogie Bear classes growing, I decided to share my success with others and I now begin my new and exciting journey of franchising.
After completing a well-being course in New York, I decided to focus and study more on the child’s “emotional well-being” and added more emotional developmental exercises into the Boogie Bear classes.
I created four new focus bears to help me achieve this. This area is close to my heart, and the most vital to all areas of learning. I have incorporated all I have learnt from previous courses, combined it with my knowledge from Maria Montessori philosophies and my previous teaching experiences in early years, and created my unique BOOGIE BEAR MUSIC AND DRAMA classes.
Aims of the bears and why they were created
The bears have been specially designed and created as to nurture the most vital and most important of the prime areas of learning in the Early years foundation stage. These areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development.(PSED)
Through magical stories, music & drama, the four focus bears are used as to help children
Make healthy relationships,
Develop confidence &
Develop a Sense of worth.
The children are presented with a five minute short story with Boogie Bear each week. Boogie Bear presents his story with, Special bear, Night bear or Boogie Bear Baby each week to demonstrate a different situation example; How Boogie bear and night bear waited patiently for their turn. The children are then given opportunities to talk about their own personal experiences. The stories give opportunities to discuss emotions and the different ways we manage them.
The short stories are developed around;
Grace & courtesy skills (Montessori)
& Personal, Social & Emotional development
Children are given lots of phrase and encouragement for sharing their experiences. Boogie Bear story examples are; Speaking in a polite tone/ Blowing ones nose/ Greeting someone /Asking for help When feeling sad /Sharing my toys /Waiting for my turn /Looking after a pet.
Bears Aims & objectives
Boogie Bear Music & Drama is the brain-child of Christine, mother of two who wanted to create a music and drama class to fully immerse, educate and captivate children of a variety of ages. Find out all about Christine and her Boogie Bear classes right here!
Emotional skills are crucial for children to become successful both socially and academically. Developing skills for managing a range of emotions is extremely important as they help children recognise and deal with emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Having a balanced well being enables children to build and maintain good relationships with others.
The Montessori method is a holistic approach to early education which aims to develop “THE WHOLE CHILD”. It encourages children to become confident, self-motivated and emotionally secure.
“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.”
Drama is a great way to break down barriers of reality and explore their dramatic side. Dramatic play is often a very comfortable place for children who are shy.
Sensory play allows children to use all their senses. It is great for children to learn about textures, developing their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skills.