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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

6. Climbing Stairs Lesson

This motor skills lesson is to help a toddler or beginning walker learn the technique for climbing stairs.

Toddlers crawl along the floor before trying to crawl up the stairs.

When the child can stand and stretch his legs far enough to alternate legs while walking up stairs, and also balance one side to the other on each foot, the switch from going up one step where both feet come together, to alternating legs on each step can develop.

Exercise to Practice

An exercise to develop this alternating balancing act, stair-step to stair-step, alternating the leading foot is to have the child hop on one foot, then switch to hopping on the other foot without a break in action.

Example: The helper claps once per hop and says "hop, hop, hop, hop & hop, hop, hop, hop" The symbol '&' is to change feet.

The helper holds one or both of child's hands if necessary for balance.

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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