Movement Stories for Children

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Are you a preschool teacher, primary grade teacher or day-care provider who is looking for fun, imaginative activities that foster physical development, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills? Are you a dance educator who is searching for new inspiration in teaching young children the concepts of body, space, and quality of movement? Or are you a parent, home schooling or seeking new ways to share the joy of movement with your child? If your answer to any of the above questions is "Yes," Movement Stories for ...
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Overview

Are you a preschool teacher, primary grade teacher or day-care provider who is looking for fun, imaginative activities that foster physical development, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills? Are you a dance educator who is searching for new inspiration in teaching young children the concepts of body, space, and quality of movement? Or are you a parent, home schooling or seeking new ways to share the joy of movement with your child? If your answer to any of the above questions is "Yes," Movement Stories for Children Ages 3-6 is the book for you!

Professional children's dance and theater educators Helen Landalf and Pamela Gerke guide you in narrating ten Movement Stories - wonderfully imaginative, active stories that encourage young children to explore, experiment, and create through movement. These creative tales, based on movement concepts and kinesthetic educational theory, help children develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills - while having a lot of fun!

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The authors explain in a clear and succinct manner the reasons for integrating movement in the classroom and provide a solid rationale and several instructional tips for their methods....The stories are simple, and incorporate the movements smoothly, realistically, and in a complementary fashion.
School Library Journal
Early childhood teachers interested in exploring dance and creative movement with their students may find a use for this title and its novel approach to learning. The authors explain in a clear and succinct manner the reasons for integrating movement in the classroom and provide a solid rationale and several instructional tips for their methods. Teachers will also discover how these movement activities benefit a child's development, as the authors discuss the relationship between movement and social, emotional, physical, and mental skills. After explaining their concepts and rationale, the authors provide 10 stories containing movement exercises that demonstrate those concepts. Children and their teachers then can perform the movements together while the teachers tell the story. The stories are simple, and incorporate the movements smoothly, realistically, and in a complementary fashion. The authors suggest conducting a half-hour movement lesson as a part of the classroom's daily structure, and include a sample lesson plan. A discography and bibliography contain source information, but not enough recent sources or information on ordering and availability. While these stories and activities may not be suited for a traditional story program, public libraries could consider this as an additional resource for their early childhood collections. School libraries will want to consult with early childhood staff to determine need.Kevin Wayne Booe, Boise (ID) Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575250489
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Young Actors Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 789,793
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Landalf is co-author of Movement Stories for Children Ages 3 with Pamela Gerke and Moving the Earth: Teaching Earth Science through Movement, Grades 3. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing dance in the Seattle area since 1987, with an emphasis on teaching creative and modern dance to children. She is on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle and has served as an Artist in Residence for the Montana Public Schools. She frequently presents workshops for preschool and classroom teachers on integrating dance into basic curriculum.

Pamela Gerke has been Director and Playwright for Kids Action Theater Play Productions in Seattle since she created it in 1988. She has written and produced over 25 children's plays, as well as being composer and music director for several other shows. Pamela understands the needs and issues of elementary education - having worked as an elementary school music and movement specialist since 1985. She currently divides her time between Kids Action Theater and choral conducting.
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