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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

20. Curved and Bending Lines Lesson

Here are 2 kinesthetic lessons for learning basic bent and curved line alphabet shapes.

Age: 4+ Preschool and Kindergarten and older learning disabled students.

For: Teachers for the benefit of students.

Skills learned: Curving and bending lines, circles.

Introduction: Alphabet letters are made up of sticks, curves and circles, formed by moving in directions. By practicing the stick and circle shapes kinesthetically, with their full body, kids experience an alphabet letter shape. This gives them more in-depth insight that just seeing the written shape and tracing with their pencils or hands.

And, moving from one shape to the next gives students an idea of the flow of letters that make up words, sentences: the flow of language.

I've had a lot of fun inventing these shapes with pre-K and primary students and those with learning and physical disabilities, both in the regular classroom and special education as a dance specialist since 1965.

Suggestion: To begin, clear enough floor space, perhaps by pushing desks or tables to the sides of the room and using the center story time carpet.

Lesson 1. Standing in Curved, Bending Lines

You can divide your class into groups so some are moving and the others watching until it is their turn.

With a small group of students have them join hands in a horizontal line with everyone facing the front of the class.

While they are still holding hands, ask the students at the 2 ends to take one step forward, and the student in the middle to take one step backward.

What happens?

The line shape is a curve like part of a ball and the line shape is shorter from side to side.

Tell the students that this curving shape is part of many letters in the alphabet.

Let each group that was watching have a turn to make the curving bending shape.

As an added feature have the students go back to their straight line again so they can experience both shapes alternately.

Follow up the lesson with students drawing curving lines on paper.

Lesson 2. Make a fist to learn curved and straight

With students seated, either at their desks or on the carpet have them stretch their fingers out straight and then make a fist.

Explain that stretched out fingers are like straight lines, and the fingers shaped into a fist are like curved lines.

A little verse to remember:

"Curving in so tight to wait,
For fingers to again stretch straight."

Article by Susan Kramer

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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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