Family Engagement Blog: Parker Core Knowledge

Dancers participating in Dance Exploration, LLC Creative Movement Classes are taught "Dance to Learn!" Curriculum

Dancers participating in Dance Exploration, LLC Creative Movement Classes are taught “Dance to Learn!” Curriculum

Written by Samantha Mattei

Hello Parents/Guardians!
Another very successful and fun-filled week! Your daughters were incredibly imaginative, eager-to-learn, and energetic… they are such a joy to teach. I started out by meeting both of them by having the girls pass around the ‘Happy Hat’, which is a little bowler-hat covered in smiley faces. I asked each student to introduce themselves with her name, and one thing that made her happy. (Both Ashlyn and Macy said they were happy that their families were coming into town for Thanksgiving—too cute!) After that introduction game, and the girls had a few minutes to share their stories, we moved on to the dance! This week, we 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). They also came up with a few of their own ideas, such as ‘snow angels’ and ‘unicorns’. We then moved onto ‘across the floor work.’ I placed green, yellow, and red circles on the ground. The girls 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 each student a chance to shine and show us her stuff! And finally, we wrapped up our day with a freestyle dance, where they both danced and taught me their dance moves… and we cheered-on each other, as they individually went into the center and danced to Devo’s “Whip It”. At the end of class, each girl participated so well, that each was given a ‘smiley’ sticker and a high-five. Another great class!

 

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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!

 

Family Engagement Post: Denver Montclair International School

Week of November 6
Class Name: Creative Dance
School: Denver Montclair International School
Teacher: Miss Jamie

Class Theme: Painting

What Warm Ups did you do?
Circle of friends
Chasse to right and left in circle
Butterfly stretch, stinky feet
Straddle stretch, paint the rainbow
Fingers are spiders and go forward in straddle
The center is a pool of water and they need to take each part of their body and touch the water but quick before the fishes bite
Sleeping mice feet

We learned the basic dance movements for Skips, chugs, slides, zig zags and hops on one foot.

For our “Dance to Learn!” Activity, we created a dance story. The story focused different parts of the body. The Dance Story was about mice that sneak into their aunt’s studio. They use different color paints to paint themselves, the walls, and the floor.
The children learned creativity, self confidence, and had fun!

We started learning the dance Be Our Guest!

Family Engagement Post: Denver Montclair International School

Week of October 30
Class Name: Creative Dance
School: Denver Montclair International School
Teacher: Miss Jamie

Class Theme: Halloween

What Warm Ups did you do?
Circle of friends
Chasse to right and left in circle
Butterfly stretch, stinky feet
Straddle stretch, paint the rainbow
Fingers are spiders and go forward in straddle
The center is a pool of water and they need to take each part of their body and touch the water but quick before the fishes bite
Sleeping mice feet

We learned the basic dance movements for Skips, chugs, slides, and zig zags.

For our “Dance to Learn!” Activity, we created a dance story. The story focused on teaching quality of movement and weight of movement. The story was about mice that go on a trip to the moon. They have to walk heavy or light depending on where they are.
The children learned creativity, self confidence, and had fun!

Family Engagement Post: Ebert Elementary

Week of November 9
Class Name: Ballroom Funk
School: Ebert Elementary
Teacher: Miss Jamie

This week’s class theme was Swing.

Warm Ups Included:
side stretches
Runners stretch
Butterfly stretch
Straddle stretch
Legs in front stretch
Shaking hands and feet

We learned 4 different swing basics. We practiced them alone and we also did them with a partner.
For our “Dance to Learn!” Activity, we played free social dance which teaches creativity and retention. Everyone dances with a partner using the moves they just learned until the music stops, then the “girl” partner moves one person to the right in the circle and continues to dance.

We are coming along great on our end of session dance routine!

Family Engagement Post- Ebert Elementary

Week of November 2
Class Name: Ballroom Funk
School: Ebert Elementary
Teacher: Miss Jamie

This week’s class theme was Salsa.

Warm Ups Included:
side stretches
Runners stretch
Butterfly stretch
Straddle stretch
Legs in front stretch
Shaking hands and feet

We learned 4 different salsa and cha cha steps. We practiced them alone and we also did them with a partner.
For our “Dance to Learn!” Activity, we played free social dance which teaches creativity and retention. Everyone dances with a partner using the moves they just learned until the music stops, then the “girl” partner moves one person to the right in the circle and continues to dance.

We are coming along great on our end of session dance routine!

Family Engagement Post: Ebert Elementary

Week of November 2 and November 9
Class Name: Poms/Cheer
School: Ebert Elementary
Teacher: Miss Jamie

This week’s class theme was Cheerleading.

Warm Ups Included:
Head isolations
Side stretches
Hip isolations
Shoulder isolations
Runners stretch
Butterfly stretch
Straddle stretch- paint the rainbow
Hands are spiders crawling out in front on straddle
Legs in front stretch
Balancing contest in parallel passé
Sleeping feet

We practiced more advanced movements today:
Cartwheels, Leaps, pikes, toe touches
For our “Dance to Learn!” Activity, we played Freeze dance which teaches creativity and body control. Everyone dances until the music stops and then they need to freeze. The children also learned creativity and self confidence by creating their own moves and control by having to freeze on cue.

We are coming along great on our end of session dance routine!