Write Dance in the Early Years

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SAGE Publications Ltd, Jan 15, 2010 - 128 pages
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'Write dance is a unique programme with links across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Not only does it help to develop the prerequisite physical skills and co-ordination for writing, it also encourages creativity, self expression and confidence' - Chris Dukes, Early Years Area Senco

Praise for the first edition:

'A useful resource to have in any early years setting, providing a wealth of information within a very neat and compact book' - Special

'The Write Dance materials are wonderfully done. After meeting with Ragnhild a few years ago, I have been using many of these principles in my work with children. The methods definitely work and are definitely needed by today's kids' - Delina Robair, Developmental Child Specialist, USA

Write Dance is an exciting and innovative programme which uses music and movement to introduce handwriting to children. Write Dance movements are designed to help children feel happy and comfortable with their bodies, improving their motor skills and providing a strong foundation for writing.

Ranghild A. Oussoren developed the approach in Holland ten years ago and it has gone on to capture the imagination of children and teachers across Europe. In this new edition of Write Dance in the Early Years, practitioners are provided with a package of songs, stories and illustrations, as well as guidance on implementing Write Dance in their early years setting.

This book and audio CD introduces the nine themes of the Write Dance approach at the appropriate developmental level for the early years. The programme supports the Be Healthy, Enjoy and Achieve outcome of the Every Child Matters agenda. It also links to the following aspects within the six areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation stage:

-Creative Development through imaginative play, music and dance

-Physical Development through movement using equipment and materials

-Communication, Language and Literacy through handwriting

-Personal Social and Emotional Development through increasing self-confidence and self-esteem

This programme benefits all children, but has also been found very helpful for children with special education needs, from learning difficulties to dyspraxia.

 

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Contents

Foreword
9
The Story of a Piece of Paper
13
Introduction
14
Summary of the Basic Movements
24
Home
26
2 KRINGELIKRANGELI
32
3 PATACAKE
38
4 The Staircase
44
10 STRAIGHT BENT CROSS HAPPY
80
Funfair
86
1 WATERMILL
87
2 MY DINKY CAR
91
3 MERRYGOROUND
95
4 THE PROCESSION
99
5 AIR TRAIN
103
6 TREE FAIRY LIGHTS
107

5 THE TOY TRAIN
50
6 TICKLE TREE
56
7 LITTLE WATER SHUTE
62
8 THE RAINBOW
68
9 LITTLE SUN
74
7 BIG WATER SHUTE
111
8 THE GATEWAY
115
9 DEAR SUN DEAR MOON
119
NOTES
123
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