Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement with Children, from Infants to Age 14

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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Energize your story programs by infusing them with the power of movement! This guide offers you dozens of interactive, ready-to-use, age-appropriate and story-based activities that get children actively involved in learning. Designed to expand the child's self-awareness, range of expression, and aesthetic sensibility at particular stages of development, from infancy to puberty, these literature-based programs are simple enough to be used by any educator, even if you have little or no dance experience. Included for each program are learning goals/skill development, a literature-story connection, and detailed instructions for movement and vocal improvisation and creative dramatics. A great resource for after school programs, home schools, and daycare centers. Ages Infant-14

Stories on the Move develops a child's emergent, cultural, and interpretative literacy skills. The first three chapters for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are based on nationally recognized standards and methods for tapping emergent literacy skills. The fourth chapter takes children on StoryTrips to other countries and includes language, stories, dances, and customs of those countries. The fifth and sixth chapters for older children show them how to interpret story structure and the elements of character, setting, mood, plot, and theme.

Included for each program are learning goals/skill development, a literature-story connection, and detailed instructions for movement and vocal improvisation and creative dramatics. A great resource for after school programs, home schools, and daycare centers. Ages Infant-14.

 

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Contents

Jiggles and Jingles Programs for Babies PreWalkers
1
Table 11 Readiness to Learn BabiesNonWalkers
2
Drawing I Am a Swan
8
Dancing Rhymes Programs for Toddlers Walkers
23
Table 21 Readiness to Learn ToddlersWalkers
24
Figure 21 Rain Stick Puppet
28
Figure 22 Sunflower Stick Puppet
29
Drawing I Am a Sunflower
32
Figure 41 Anansi the Spiders Hat PatternTop
95
Figure 42 Anansi the Spiders Hat PatternSide Strip
96
StoryImage Ages Nine to Eleven
119
Table 51 Readiness to Learn 9 to 11YearOlds
120
Drawing My Kinesphere
124
Drawing Tree Perspectives
158
Drawing Composite Tree
159
Moving Stories and Fables Ages Twelve to Fourteen
163

Drawing I Am a Swinging Pendulum
42
DanceAbout Programs for Preschoolers Ages Three to Five
51
Table 31 Readiness to Learn Preschoolers
52
Figure 31 Elephant Ear Pattern
64
Figure 32 Snorkel Mask Pattern
68
Drawing I Am a Dolphin
70
StoryTrip Programs Ages Six to Eight
83
Table 41 Readiness to Learn 6 to 8YearOlds
84
Drawing Seņor Coyote and Borreguita Line Up
89
Drawing Mexican Hat Dance
90
Table 61 Readiness to Learn 12 to 14YearOlds
164
Drawing Floating Head
170
Drawing The Floating HeadThree Directions
193
Drawing Gliding Floating and Exploding Arm
194
Dancing Parts of Speech
211
Glossary of Dance Methods
213
References and Suggested Readings
215
Index
219
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About the author (2007)

Arlene Cohen is a professional storyteller and dancer who performs for groups of all ages, and conducts workshops on movement and story. Educated as a children's librarian, she has also taught storytelling at University of Hawaii.

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