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!
Gross Motor Experiences: The movements made by coordinating the large muscles such as arms, legs and torso. Jumping, running, walking, marching, skipping, etc are important gross motor experiences.
Bilateral Movements: This refers to simultaneous movement of corresponding body parts together, such as two hands or two feet.
Unilateral Movement: The movement of body parts on one side of the body.
Cross-lateral Movement: The movement of body parts from one side of the body to the other, meeting or crossing the midline of the body. This is extremely helpful in developing crawling, walking, running, writing and reading.
Locomotor Movement: These are movements that take a body through space, transferring the weight of the feet.
Stationary Movement: A movement where the body remains in one place.
Creative Movement: The combination of movement skills and expression.
Movement Demonstrating Steady Beat: These include synchronized movements which help foster the development of the steady beat.
Movements Utilizing Props: We use tons of props in our classes to help expand on these movement concepts. Props include: hoops, balls, parachutes, streamers, scarves, stuffed animals/dolls, bubbles, etc.
Helping your child develop confidence and coordination in the movement of their bodies is very important for their growth. In fact, it is one component that sets them up for success in Kindergarten. Want to experience these movements for yourself? Come and try a free class.
Written by Amelia Vitarelli of My Little Conservatory