Have you ever wondered: Why do we have a movement component in our music classes? What types of movement experiences should I expect?
Young children experience the world through movement. Movement plays an important role in how and what children learn. It is a crucial component to ALL learning at this age. This is why it seems to us adults that the child is constantly moving.
Our classes use circle dances, finger plays, free/expressive dances, imitative movements (ie: moving like a car, train or animal), and much more in every single class.
There are several important movement concepts that are used in our Kindermusik classes:
Body Awareness: Labeling, moving, focusing on and controlling specific and isolated body parts as well as the whole body.
Spatial Awareness: Fostering an understanding of how our body’s move in space and understanding our personal space. We use important directional words like: around, through, over, under, up, down, inside, outside, behind, next to, to the side, etc.
Fine Motor Experiences: The movements made by coordinating small muscles such as fingers, hands, toes and feet. These experiences greatly help children develop writing skills! Read more