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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

8. Developing Concentration

Objective: This lesson plan uses the 'Which Way Game' to develop and strengthen concentration, visual perception, and non-verbal observation/communication skills.

Participants: A leader or teacher, and students.

Ages: 3 through adult.

sliding forward

Preparation: Enough space for students to move around; in a regular classroom the center space can be used by sliding furniture to the sides.

Materials: A flat surface the students can move on such as tile, wood, indoor-outdoor carpet, tarmac, grass.

Accompaniment: Recorded music to fit the level of movement the students are capable of such as a march, or another selection with a steady rhythmic beat.

'Which Way Game' - While leader has students standing up and facing him in a group, he signals the direction to move just by his arm and hand waving motions. No verbal instructions given during game.

All possible directions - forward, backward, sideways - and high and low levels of moving can be explored such as close to the ground, (low level), walking upright, (middle level), or on tip-toe, (high level).

The game can use any movement the children have learned. The leader announces beforehand what kind of steps to use: Younger students can use walking steps, progressing to marching steps and slides, and skipping for advanced students. The students remain facing the leader throughout all the movement.

In the photo above, Kathy, almost 5, is sliding forward.

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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