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Rhythms and Dances forAges 4–6

Supplements the time between preschool and more structured learning.

by Susan Kramer

How to teach students ages 4 to 6 in the year before kindergarten, and kindergarten, with varying abilities or special needs rhythms, floor exercises / axial movements, large motor skills, expressive dance, kinesthetic mini-lessons, and full dances. Achievement Standards from United States National Standards for Arts in Dance Education, and Basic Lesson Plan included. Includes the Anneke and Hans story: The Bully. Perfect for Pre-Kindergarten, TK, Junior K, and K teachers, home schoolers, and dance instructors, 9,024 words. 100 pages. Many illustrations.

Print out the pages of PDF ebook edition and put in a binder for ease in teaching.

Key words: pre-kindergarten, T-K, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, junior kindergarten, dances, ages 4 to 6, basic rhythms, dance children, expressive dance, arts in dance, dance education, floor exercises, axial movements, clapping rhythms, National Standards Dance, The Bully story,


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I. Clapping Rhythms

1. Clapping in 4/4 time

2. Clapping in 2/2 time

3. Clapping in 2/4 time
4. Clapping syllables

II. Floor Exercises / Axial Movements

Achievement Standard: [1.1] [4.1] [6.1] [7.1]

1. The Rocker
2. The Squirrel
3. The Owl
4. The Starfish

III. Basic Rhythmic Motor Skills

Achievement Standard: [1.1] [2.1] [3.1] [4.1] [5.1] [6.1]
1. Walking
2. Running
3. Galloping

4. Marching

5. Balancing
6. Hopping
7. Swinging
8. Sliding

9. Jumping

10. Skipping

IV. Practice Combinations–Rhythmic Dances

Achievement Standard: [1.1] [2.1] [3.1] [4.1] [5.1] [6.1] [7.1]


1. Sliding Dance

2. Marching Dance

3. Skipping Dance

4. Galloping Dance

 V. Expressive Dance

Traditional Verses for Expressive Dance

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill

London Bridge Is Falling Down

Pop Goes the Weasel

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rock-a-Bye Baby

See-Saw Margery Daw

VI. Mini-Lessons in Movement
1. Which Way Game
2. ABA Sequencing
3. Circle Dance for Making Shapes

4. Making a Straight-Line Game

5. Curving and Zigzag Lines

6. Practice Making Horizontal Lines

7. Stretching in Vertical Lines

8. Diagonal Line Shapes

9. Shaping Outlines

10. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Circles

VII. Mini-Lessons in Living, with Twins Anneke and Hans

1. Forgiveness, 2. Losing a Pet, 3. The Bully

VIII. Large Dances with Songs

Achievement Standard: [1.1] [2.1] [4.1] [5.1] [6.1] [7.1]

1. Jingle Bells: running steps 2/2 time
2. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: galloping 2/4 time
3. Bobby Shaftoe: sliding 2/4 time
4. Mary Had a Little Lamb: galloping 2/4 time
5. Allouette: walking or marching 4/4 time
6. Frère Jacques: marching and sliding 4/4 time
7. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: galloping 2/4 time

IX. Basic Lesson Plan

X. Appendix of National Standards for Arts Education in Dance, and Links


About the author - Susan Kramer is the author of The Rhythmic Movement Dance Series of the Gateway to Educational Materials of the United States Department of Education, a graduate of Peabody Preparatory Institute Dance of Johns Hopkins University, and dance specialist.

Susan Kramer Book List

Adaptive Dance and Rhythms
Classical Ballet Beginning to Advanced
Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
Meditation for All Kids
God Speaks through the Holy Spirit

Meditation for Teens and Adults
Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Yoga for All Kids
How to Sew Cloth Dolls and Costumes
Fundamentele bewegingen voor kinderen met dansjes, meditaties en yoga

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