Moving And Learning

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

According to Montessori course, “early movement experiences are helpful to optimal brain development”. In fact, early movement experiences are considered necessary to the neural motivation needed for healthy brain development. Still, many early childhood care professionals are unwilling to incorporate movement into the set of courses. They may feel there just isn't sufficient time in the day or they may lack a gym or other such space in which to conduct movement activities.

Art
Concepts like shape, size, spatial relationships, and line are part of both art and movement education. Whenever kids arrange their bodies in the space around them, it can be said they're discovering creative concepts as well as physical ones. When they move into different levels, in different directions, along different pathways, and in relation to others and to objects, they're growing their spatial consciousness.

Language Arts
the potential for discovering language arts through movement are infinite. Consider acting out the meaning of individual words from stories, poems, or even spelling lists. Through movement, kids can begin to understand the meaning of action words like slide, follow, jump, or stomp – or expressive words like elegant, smooth, or vigorous. According to pre primary teachers training course preschool kids can work in pairs to display the meanings of simple opposites like sad and happy, or up and down, with primary-grade partners challenged to show possibilities for tight versus loose or open versus closed.

Mathematics
Quantitative ideas are part of the verbal communication of mathematics, and movement is an ideal, physical means of conveying many of these ideas to kids. For example, activities linking levels and body shapes can show the concepts of big and little, long and short, high and low, wide and narrow. The movement element of force is all about light and heavy.

Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.

Music
to experience movement and music together, sing the scale to the kids, explaining how each consecutive note is higher in pitch than the previous one. If probable, show on a keyboard or show the scale written on a staff. Ask the kids to sing the scale with you. Then ask them to lay their hands in their laps, raising them a little bit higher with every note you sing. Once the kids have grabbed the idea, confront them to show with their whole bodies, beginning close to the floor and getting as close to the ceiling as probable.

Science
many themes classically explored in classrooms fall under the science category, as well as the human body – body parts and their functions, the senses, cleanliness, and nutrition, seasons, and other topics related to nature – weather, animals, plants, and the ocean. All of these naturally lend themselves to movement experiences. Relaxation exercises that require the kids to contract and relax the muscles are also excellent for increasing an awareness of these important body parts. Similarly, relaxation exercises focusing on the breath can generate an awareness of the lungs.

Social Studies
Lessons in social studies for young kids begin with the kids themselves because that is where their world begins. Self-concept, therefore, is a logical starting point. Ask kids to imagine walking as though sad, madding, arrogant, scared, tired, or happy. Can they show these emotions with hands or faces alone?

Possibilities flourish for exploring such social studies themes as holidays and celebrations, occupations, and transportation. For the latter, you can ask kids to think of and portray modes of transportation found mainly in cities, on water, and in the sky. Introduce the kids to traffic lights by playing a movement game with three sheets of paper – one red, one yellow, and one green. When you hold up the green sheet, the kids walk. They walk in place when they see the yellow sheet and come to a complete stop when you hold up the red.

Conclusion
every teacher and every child brings new ideas and new potential to the concept of moving and learning.

Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Updated: March 16, 2018 — 11:03 am
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