Talk about movement and learning with Kate Kuper
I have been wanting to start a blog ever since Kerry Bevens (NY) started writing and asking me specific questions about her teaching.
Seems like lots of us need to stay in touch and share our ideas about teach and learning.
Since I train present and future teachers — from pre-school on up — and I also continue to work with children, there’s lots to talk about.
In this blog, I’ll be sharing things I’m observing and thinking about in our field.
I encourage you to respond with your comments and observations.
Together, we can continue to improve as teachers and learners.
By the way, when I say ‘we’ in my posts, I’m talking about the students that work with me in my Creative Dance for Children program at the University of Illinois.
Let’s get started!
#1 CONSTRUCTIVE RESTING
Kids really enjoy resting. I mean constructive resting. Letting your bones and muscles just GO.
We adjust and lengthening the sacrum by holding at the ankles and releasing the lower body. Then we walk up the body to the wrists, holding and lengthening through the arms to release the scapula (shoulderblades). Finally, we walk around to the head side. Looking down the length of the body, we align nose to sternum to pubic arch and we lengthen the cranium at the base of the occipital lobe (back of the head).
To the children, we say: “Fake sleep, like you pretend when you want to be carried to bed.”
Music is gentle. I use Brain Bop tracks #13 and #14, or lullaby music. Also Eric Chappelle’s CD Contrast and Continuum Vol IV # 17. Actually, there’s lots of nice gentle wordless stuff out there.
As to when we rest….we do it after leaping across the floor and before our final creating activity. It takes max. 3 minutes.