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Dance & Movement

Children have a talent for expressing their feelings and moods through dance and movement. Movement games contribute to the development of the senses, perception, feelings, language and mental activities. Dance and movement are activities that enhance motor skills and increase a child’s body awareness and self-esteem. It has been employed to develop reading readiness in very young children, and the study of music has provided a context for teaching language skills. Dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. Children need to understand how their body can relate to the space and to others, how their body can move from one side to the other, and the use of various directions and levels. This is how we practice space awareness and space perception. The four basics of rhythmic are space, time, force and form. It is partly through music and movement that children learn.

  • Space - by becoming aware of the different dimensions of the room,

  • Time - to experience the body's heart beats, breathing and pulse,

  • Force - to get to know their body's ability to move by moving in various manners and

  • Form - to experience form through the things that are all around them.

— Curriculum for the Preschool Lpfo 98, 2010

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