Residency Overview: The Creative Beginnings Movement residency encourages children to explore the way their bodies move in space. Students create movement based on ideas from their every day lives. Creative movement provides easy and fun tools to support learners across the curriculum while affording opportunities to promote wellbeing in the child’s day.
Before starting any dance activity you must have an open space away from distractions. Remove all distracting items such as small toys, and books. Be prepared to support the learner’s ideas. Any experience you offer should stimulate and support children to actively engage with their imagination. The creative play of your students should guide the direction of the activity. If the teacher has limited mobility or is initially uncomfortable working with creative movement, they can participate from a seated position or focus on observation.
Classroom teachers often have scarves, hoops, blocks and music. These items provide ways to extend the learner’s movement ideas and should be introduced very intentionally so children have a clear understanding of how the prop becomes part of their movement.
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