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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


7. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Lesson


Young children love to spin in place, and probably don't realize this fun game is really part of the skill of learning about clockwise and counterclockwise directions of movement.

Movement while spinning in place, both clockwise to the right, and counterclockwise to the left, also develops right-left brain connections - important in later academics where both sides of the brain function back and forth in language, communication, and problem solving.

As this is an important skill to learn before being able to tell time from the hands of the clock, here's a kinesthetic lesson to practice using these concepts:

Moving like the hands on a clock

Provide a large space to move; if in a room push the furniture toward the walls to clear an area.

Wait at least half an hour after eating before beginning this lesson.

To begin

1. All children and partners, and the teacher amongst them, take hands and form a big circle, then drop hands and stand in place.

2. Next, the teacher demonstrates turning in place in a clockwise direction (to the right) and asks the children to copy her.

3. Then the teacher demonstrates turning in place in a counterclockwise direction (to the left) and asks the children to do the same.

4. Next all join hands and slide toward their left in the circle so the whole circle is moving to the left. She tells them this is a clockwise direction.

5. The action is repeated sliding in the circle to the right and she tells them this is a counterclockwise direction.

After practice while the children are seated and resting is a good time to show them that the hands on a clock move "clockwise - to the right".

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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