What to do with…. Here We Go Round and Round

Here We Go Round and Round  is from Songs for Dancing.

Here’s an adaptation for 3-5 year olds!

Using the downloadable visual that comes with the CD, sing/play the song and point to the pictures, so the children get the road map.

For the verses: Teach/co-create the movement for ‘head,’ ‘arm,’ ‘leg,’ and ‘whole self.’ You can brainstorm with the children to decide specifics for in, out, and shake.

For all the chorus parts (“Here We Go Round and Round”), circle different body parts in place. During the transition, after “all on a beautiful day,” count down as you jump on your spot “4,3,2,1!”

Start with Dancer’s Choice or Teacher’s Choice (I do hips…. the hula hoop variety…. circling one way, then the other)

After that, for every chorus, use the body part that matches the verse.

Example:

Verse: Let’s put our head in…..
Chorus: Circle head one way, then the other.

 

Develop your own ideas for how to circle arms or legs. Brainstorm with the children and try different things on different days.

Conclude with ‘whole self’ turning around in space and help the children stop by saying “Feet Stay!” as the music ends!

I guarantee that these adaptations make a complex dance manageable for little ones!

Teach this to support naming and using parts of the body, moving on a steady beat, remembering a sequence, and for aerobic exercise.

Remember your job will be to cue or signal the transitions between each part. Leave the picture on the floor in front of you for quick reference.

 

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June 10, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Creative Dance Lesson Plans, Developing Skills, Kate Kuper on Teaching Creative Dance, Studio Teaching, What to do with...., Working with Kate's Material.

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