The Book of Movement Exploration

GIA Publications

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Alt. Part # G-5876
UPC Code 9781579992644
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Written by leading early childhood pedagogue John Feierabend, The Book of Movement Exploration is an indispensable collection of traditional activities that present many possibilities for movement for children. Through engaging in these activities, children will develop a movement vocabulary as they
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Written by leading early childhood pedagogue John Feierabend, The Book of Movement Exploration is an indispensable collection of traditional activities that present many possibilities for movement for children. Through engaging in these activities, children will develop a movement vocabulary as they develop their gross motor skills and enhance their creative movement ideas. These activities bring out the strong movement impulses as well as the gentle ones. Some activities explore fast or slow, sudden or sustained, heavy or light movements. Other activities explore the possibilities of moving in response to a partner or a group of other children. Children can enjoy these activities silently or with accompanying music - activities are presented with and without suggested accompanying music and should be thought of as recipes in a cookbook. The activities are organized according to 10 movement themes that are inspired by the work of Rudolf von Laban, a Hungarian-born dancer who studied human movement and inspired several generations of dancers and educators.
For children of all ages, especially nursery/preschool to early elementary.
Contents: Introduction; Foreword; Movement Themes Checklist; The Five-Course Meal for Movement Classes.
Theme 1 - Awareness of Body Parts & Whole:
Whole Body Movement: Are You Moving or Not; Stop and Go Dance; The End Is Near; Listen and Move; Paper Plate Balancing; Shake and Freeze; Whirl and Stop
Isolated Body Parts: Put It Somewhere; Read My Mind; John's Knee; The Most Important Part; Duet for 2 Body Parts; Glue Dancing
Leading with a Part: Elf Ride; Going Fishing; Roller Coaster
Initiating with a Part: Making Circles
Theme 2 - Awareness of Time:
Quick and Slow Movement: Fast Land Slow Land; Big Bubble; Butterfly Hands
Clock Time: How Long Is a Minute; I'll Count to 10; Different Parts Different Times; Being Bigger and Smaller;
Theme 3 - Awareness of Space:
Personal Space and General Space: Inside the Bubble; Couple Dance
Direct/Indirect Pathway (Straight/Twisted): Here and There; Here and Indirectly There; We All Stand Up; We Raise Our Twisting Hands; Crossing the Circle; Shape Gossip; Finger Drawing; Walk My Walk; Walk This Way; Home Decorating
Inward Movement (Narrow): The Shrinking Bubble; Cave of Spider Webs; Inner Tube Squeeze; Subway Squeeze; Shrinking Room
Outward Movement (Wide): Expanding Bubble; Balloon; Fireworks; Sewer Pipe; Finding Your Way; Growing Apart
Direction of Movement: Mass Move; Looking Up, Looking Down; Facing the Wall Direction Dance
Distance of Movement: Measure the Distance; Walk How Far; With These 2 Parts I Show; Loud Is Big Soft Is Small
Theme 4 - Awareness of Levels:
High/Middle/Low: Sit Down; Refrigerator Box; Counting Shapes; Group Shapes; Elevator Ride; Parts on the Floor; Not My Level; Vertical Twister; Trio Statues
Theme 5 - Awareness of Weight:
Heavy/Light: Push the Refrigerator; Building a Snowman;
Strong/Gentle: Break the Balloon; Tap the Bubble; Eggshell Floor/Imaginary Drums
Tense/Relaxed: Trust Your Partner; Resist Your Partner
Theme 6 - Awareness of Locomotion:
Do as I Do; Move When I Stop; Don't Move Like Me; Word Cards; Skipping Dance
Theme 7 - Awareness of Flow:
Sudden/Sustained: Statues; Paint the Room; Breathe and Flow
Sequential/Simultaneous: Wave; Who's the Leader; Marionette
Bound/Free: Room of Jell-O; Magic Gloves; Rusty Tin Man
Theme 8 - Awareness of Shape:
Becoming Shapes: Shape Cards; General Shapes; Object Shapes; Letter Shapes; Spelling Dance; Pass the Space Ball; Space Ball Dance; Make My Shape; Shape Chain
Theme 9 - Awareness of Others:
Partners: Mirrors, Traveling Mirror- Close and Far Apart; Distorted Mirrors; Gumby; Tap and Flow; Magic Fingers; Finger Follow; Complement a Shape; Same and Different; Echo Motions and Shapes; Movement Conversations; Connected to You
Groups: Mob Move; Group Shapes; Balloons; Bigger and Smaller; Group Sculpture; Group Sculpture on the Move; Changing Group Sculpture
Theme 10 - Student Created Movement:
Representative Movement: Machine; Star Dance; Space Ball Dance; Halloween Dance; Bubble Dance; Ceiling Dance; The Looveroos and the Hop’n Pops (a story)
Non-Representative Movement: Sometimes Free; Dancing with Form; Dance with the Music
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