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Kinesthetic Lessons for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Susan Kramer

Contents



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


15. Three Beginning Rhythmic Motor Skills  


Here are 3 large rhythmic motor skills for toddlers and preschoolers, listed in order of difficulty; easiest first.

If necessary at the beginning, stay at the student's side, facing the same direction, holding one of his hands, moving along together.

stay at the student's side

First, concentrate on just moving to the rhythm; perfection of technique follows with practice.

Move in straight lines, curving lines, circles or other shapes.

Teacher or onlookers clap the rhythm using hands or rhythm instrument.

tum = a strong beat of one count.
ta = weaker beat of half a count.

1. Walking

walking

Continuous steps alternating feet.
Arms swing in opposition:
That means when right leg is in front,
left arm is in front.
Tempos, directions, levels innumerable.
Clap:
tum, tum, tum, tum

2. Running

running

Even quick steps varying in length and dynamic energy.
Each foot pushes off to the other foot.
Arms swing in opposition:
When right leg is in front, left arm is in front.
Many directions and levels.
Clap quickly:
ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta

3. Marching

marching

Brisk even steps.
Supporting leg remains straight.
Working knee bends with thigh raised parallel to floor.
Many directions and patterns possible.
Arms swing in opposition, one forward, one back,
(arm of the front leg swings back).
Clap:
tum, tum, tum, tum

Article by Susan Kramer



Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids


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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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