Family Engagement Post: Martin School of Early Education

Creative Dance

Creative Dance Students participating in “Dance to Learn!” Curriculum

By Samantha Mattei

Hello Parents/Guardians!
Another very successful and fun-filled week! Your children are incredibly imaginative, eager-to-learn, and energetic… they are such a joy to teach each week. I started out by meeting all of the new students by having everyone pass around the ‘Happy Hat’, which is a little bowler-hat covered in smiley faces. I asked each student to introduce themselves with their name, and one thing that made them happy. After that introduction game, and kids having a few minutes to share their stories, we moved on to the dance! This week, we still did a lot of stretching for warm-ups that involved animals, because the students respond very positively to these imaginative and interactive poses. I used the flashcards that promoted color-coding and reading the names of animals (cat, dog, bear, etc). We then moved onto ‘across the floor work.’ I placed green, yellow, and red circles on the ground. The students were instructed to do specific movements (tippy toes, stomps, cat crawls, etc) fast to the green, slow to the yellow, and then stopped at the red, where they would then give us their favorite dance move. It gave every student a chance to shine and show us their stuff! And finally, we wrapped up our day with a break-dance circle, where each student on the outside clapped and cheered-on their classmates, as they individually went into the center and danced to Devo’s “Whip It”. At the end of class, every student participated so well, that each was given a ‘smiley’ sticker and a high-five. Another great class!



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