EXPERIENCES IN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT helps you develop a movement-oriented setting for teaching children ages birth to eight years. In addition to providing a complete, ready-to-implement movement program, the author presents techniques for weaving movement and music into your day and across your curriculum. Ample resources and appendices include websites and other sources for ordering music, instruments, equipment, and props, and more.
Rae Pica is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (www.movingandlearning.com) and has been a children's physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the award-winning GREAT GAMES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN and JUMP INTO LITERACY. Rae is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, and is a member of several advisory boards. In addition, Rae is cofounder of the BAM Radio Network (www.bamradionetwork.com) and host of an Internet radio program called "Body, Mind and Child," for which she interviews experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more. She also co-hosts, along with Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC Radio.
Part 1: THE BASICS OF MOVEMENT EDUCATION. 1. Movement's Role in Child Development. 2. Movement's Role in Musical and Creative Development. 3. Child Development Characteristics and Their Impact on the Movement Program. 4. Content of the Movement Program. Part 2: PLANNING FOR MOVEMENT AND MUSIC. 5. Lesson Planning. 6. The When, Where, and What of Movement Sessions. 7. Choosing and Using Music. Part 3: FACILITATING MOVEMENT EXPERIENCES. 8. Teaching Methods. 9. Creating and Maintaining a Positive Learning Environment. Part 4: MOVEMENT AND MUSIC THROUGH THE DAY. 10. Movement Across the Curriculum. 11. Using Movement and Music for Transitions. 12. Bringing Movement Education Outdoors. Appendix 1: Appropriate Practices in Movement Programs for Children. Appendix 2: Sources and Resources.