Lesson Plan Series for Ages 3-5: Lessons 1-5
This is the first of three posts. Each will provide you with a set of five lesson plans.
Here’s the back story: I have been providing creative dance instruction at an early childhood center every spring for the many years. Since teaching is always an opportunity to mentor the educators in the room, I also provide them with detailed lesson plans. The plans here are from spring, 2014.
These lessons progress through a variety of dance concepts, such as place, direction, level.
You’ll get a good idea for how to shape a curriculum that moves the children from simple to more complex learning over the course of time, and for the value of repetition. We know that learners benefit from the comfort of repetition and the excitement of novelty. Striking a balance between the two is part of our job as educators.
For the most part, I teach in a gross-motor room, blocking off part of the space if it is too large, and indicating where to start as children enter the room in a moving line. This start spot can be a yoga square or polyspot. From that start spot, we travel until we arrive in a circle.
I do this to model a different way of experiencing a space that is usually dedicated to tricycle riding, running and climbing.
When I teach in the classroom, we form a circle. Sometimes, when space is very tight, I bring spots to scatter so we aren’t bunched up together or bumping into the edges of the space (radiators, bookshelves, etc.)
If you teach in a studio, these lessons will work nicely as well.
I use a CD player or, when possible, I use an ipod or iphone with the playlist programmed in. I also carry a binder with visual supports that I’ve made by downloading images from the internet, drawing my own pictures, or using the downloadable visuals on my Songs for Dancing CD.
In a previous post, I gave you images for Imaginary Journey (a song from Alphabeat). Check that out to get an idea for how you can let the pictures explain some of the key images and ideas, and empower the children through visual literacy.
As always, I welcome your comments on your experiences with working with the material. Lesson 1 on Place 2014Lesson 2 Warm Up 2014Lesson 3 Direction 2014Lesson 4 Direction 2014Lesson 5 Level Direction 2014
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