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Kinesthetic Lessons for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Susan Kramer


1. ABA Sequencing Lesson
2. Benefits of Young Kids Learning Motor Skills
3. Circle Dance Using Rhythmic Motor Skills and Songs
4. Curving and Zigzag Shapes Lesson
5. Diagonal Line Shape Lesson
6. Climbing Stairs Lesson
7. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Lesson
8. Developing Concentration
9. Learning Right and Left Side
10. Outlining Shapes
11. Straight Lines Game
12. Making Horizontal Lines Lesson
13. Stretching in Vertical Lines Lesson
14. Moving Forward and Backward for Young Kids
15. Three Beginning Rhythmic Motor Skills
16. Three More Advanced Rhythmic Motor Skills
17. Moving in Directions Lesson
18. Straight Line Kinesthetic Lessons
19. Circles and Circling Lines Lesson
20. Curved and Bending Lines Lesson
21. Developing Language Skills Birth to 5

13. Stretching in Vertical Lines Lesson

This lesson is to help toddlers and preschoolers understand the concept of "vertical" by doing various moving games. The lesson can be of benefit to most children of varying abilities.

Written language and math use vertical shapes, so any head start activities toddlers and preschoolers can learn will be an advantage for kindergarten and beyond.

The vertical shape is so basic to math. Think of "1" or "11" - and how "1" is repeated every 10 numbers, and in language the vertical down stroke begins many letters in printing. These are just a couple of the basic examples from written math and language.

Stretching in vertical lines

Have enough clear space ready. If you are using an indoor space clear the center of the room by pushing the furniture toward the walls.

It is best to wait half an hour after eating to do physical activities.

Children should wear comfortable clothes for moving about.

1. Stretch up high with arms together overhead to form a long vertical shape like a high rise building.

2. Ask the children to stand in line and remark they are like the posts of a fence. That gives them an image of vertical.

3. Have children pretend to be tall pine trees growing straight up.

4. Children can pretend to be the metal poles that hold STOP signs.

5. Children can run to the corners of the room and notice the corner is a vertical shape from floor to ceiling.

6. Have children bend over to touch their toes making a vertical shape of their arms and legs.

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