Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
by Susan Helene Kramer
How to teach toddlers, preschoolers and special needs kids rhythms, floor exercises, motor skills, expressive dance, and full dances. Basic lesson plan and more than 10 kinesthetic mini-lessons included. 98 pages with illustrations.
Whether using the "Basic Lesson Plan" or not, teach toddlers and preschoolers rhythms, floor exercises, large motor skills, expressive dance, kinesthetic mini-lessons, and full dances in 98 pages with photos and illustrations.
You'll find something to benefit most kids of varying abilities and special needs in these pages. A fun way to build essential early skills before kindergarten!
Perfect for parents homeschooling, dance instructors, and early childhood education teachers.
I. Basic Lesson Plan
II. Clapping Rhythms
1. Clapping in 4/4 time
2. Clapping in 2/2 time
3. Clapping in 2/4 time
4. Clapping syllables
III. Floor Exercises
1. The Rocker
2. The Squirrel
3. The Owl
4. The Starfish
IV. Rhythmic Movements
V. Expressive Dance
Nursery Rhymes for Expressive Dance:
Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Humpty Dumpty; Jack and Jill
London Bridge Is Falling Down; Pop Goes the Weasel
Rain, Rain Go Away; Rock-a-Bye Baby
See-Saw Margery Daw
1. Climbing Stairs Alternating Feet
2. Which Way Game
3. ABA Sequencing
4. Circle Dance for Making Shapes
5. Making a Straight Line Game
6. Curving and Zigzag Lines
7. Practice Making Horizontal Lines
8. Stretching in Vertical Lines
9. Diagonal Line Shapes
10. Shaping Outlines
11. Right Side and Left Side Cargo Train Game
12. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Circles
13. Moving Forward and Backward Game
VII. Large Dances with Songs
1. Jingle Bells: running steps 2/2 time
2. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: galloping 2/4 time
3. Bobby Shaftoe: sliding 2/4 time
4. Mary Had a Little Lamb: galloping 2/4 time
5. Allouette: walking or marching 4/4 time
6. Frère Jacques: marching and sliding 4/4 time
7. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: galloping 2/4 time
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