Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement with Children, from Infants to Age 14

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Energize your story programs by infusing them with the power of movement! This guide offers you dozens of interactive, ready-to-use, age-appropriate and story-based activities that get children actively involved in learning. Designed to expand the child's self-awareness, range of expression, and aesthetic sensibility at particular stages of development, from infancy to puberty, these literature-based programs are simple enough to be used by any educator, even if you have little or no dance experience. Included for each program are learning goals/skill development, a literature-story connection, and detailed instructions for movement and vocal improvisation and creative dramatics. A great resource for after school programs, home schools, and daycare centers. Ages Infant-14

Stories on the Move develops a child's emergent, cultural, and interpretative literacy skills. The first three chapters for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are based on nationally recognized standards and methods for tapping emergent literacy skills. The fourth chapter takes children on StoryTrips to other countries and includes language, stories, dances, and customs of those countries. The fifth and sixth chapters for older children show them how to interpret story structure and the elements of character, setting, mood, plot, and theme.

Included for each program are learning goals/skill development, a literature-story connection, and detailed instructions for movement and vocal improvisation and creative dramatics. A great resource for after school programs, home schools, and daycare centers. Ages Infant-14.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Aimed at librarians, teachers, and parents, this volume presents story-based programs that use movement and dance to get children ages 0-14 actively involved in learning. It is divided by age group into six chapters. Learning goals are clearly identified for each activity and required materials and equipment are listed. Some programs include a craft project. Cohen is a storyteller, librarian, writer, and dancer."


Reference & Research Book News

"Written by a professional storyteller, this book includes a variety of interactive story-based activities that have children engaging in dance and movement. Each activity is described in detail and includes skill development connections, resources, and follow-up ideas."


Teacher Librarian

"While this title may not be for everyone, it is full of enthusiasm, imagination, and high on creativity! If your programming style needs a new twist, this may be just the book for you."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591584186
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLENE COHEN is a professional storyteller and dancer who performs for groups of all ages, and conducts workshops on movement and story. Educated as a children's librarian, she has also taught storytelling at University of Hawaii.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xvii
Jiggles and Jingles Programs for Babies: Pre-Walkers     1
Introduction     1
Bathtub Ballet     3
Summary     3
Program Preparation     3
Program     5
Going to Town     13
Summary     13
Program Preparation     13
Program     14
Dancing Rhymes Programs for Toddlers: Walkers     23
Introduction     23
Growing Toward the Sun     25
Summary     25
Program Preparation     25
Program     30
Down on the Farm     39
Summary     39
Program Preparation     39
Program     41
Dance-About Programs for Preschoolers: Ages Three to Five     51
Introduction     51
Why, Oh, Why?     53
Summary     53
Program Preparation     54
Program     55
Let's Go to the Circus!     62
Summary     62
Program Preparation     62
Program     64
Ocean's Alive!-Snorkeling and Diving with the Dolphins     66
Summary     66
Program Preparation     66
Program     69
Ocean's Alive!-Submarine Trip     71
Summary     71
Program Preparation     71
Program     73
Arroyo Loco-A Crazy StoryTrip to the Mexican Desert     75
Summary     75
Program Preparation     75
Program     76
StoryTrip Programs: Ages Six to Eight     83
Introduction     83
StoryTrip to Mexico     84
Summary     84
Program Preparation     84
Program     86
StoryTrip to Africa     93
Summary     93
Program Preparation     93
Program     97
StoryTrip to India     102
Summary     102
Program Preparation     102
Program     104
StoryTrip to Japan     109
Summary     109
Program Preparation     109
Program     111
StoryImage: Ages Nine to Eleven     119
Introduction      119
Hawaiian StoryImage-Setting Interpretation     120
Summary     120
Program Preparation     120
Program     122
Hawaiian StoryImage-Character Interpretation     131
Summary     131
Program Preparation     131
Program     132
Hawaiian StoryImage-Narration and Story Structure Interpretation     139
Summary     139
Program Preparation     139
Program     140
Poetry StoryImage-Selection, Analysis, and Memorization     147
Summary     147
Program Preparation     147
Program     148
Poetry StoryImage-Improvisation and Performance     152
Summary     152
Program Preparation     152
Program     153
Mirrors of Trees     155
Summary     155
Program Preparation     155
Program     156
Moving Stories and Fables: Ages Twelve to Fourteen     163
Introduction     163
Moving Stories-Characters     164
Summary     164
Program Preparation     164
Program     166
Moving Stories-Settings and Narration     177
Summary     177
Program Preparation     177
Program     178
Moving Stories-Events     190
Summary     190
Program Preparation     190
Program     191
Moving Fables-Selection, Analysis, and Rehearsal     198
Summary     198
Program Preparation     198
Program     199
Moving Fables-Improvisation and Performance     205
Summary     205
Program Preparation     205
Program     206
Dancing Parts of Speech     211
Glossary of Dance Methods     213
References and Suggested Readings     215
Index     219
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