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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

16. Three More Advanced Rhythmic Motor Skills

Here are three more advanced gross 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.

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.

Numbered 4. to 6.

4. Galloping


Rhythmic loping movements
leading with the same foot forward throughout.
Front foot steps forward
and back foot pulls up to front foot with a shuffle.
Arms in opposition, (as described in marching).
ta tum, ta tum,
ta tum, ta tum

5. Sliding


Many variations of basic step
of keeping knees slightly bent
while feet slide along the floor.
One foot leads, the other slides to meet it,
and then the opposite foot leads.
Moving side to side or forward or backward.
Arm position varies:
Hands on waist; arms outstretched to sides;
arms in opposition for big slides.
tum, tum, tum, tum

6. Hopping


Always done on one foot with a very brief pause between.
Hops are usually in a series.
For balance, hands on waist or arms outstretched to sides.
ta, ta, ta, ta,
ta, ta, ta, ta

Article by Susan Kramer

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