Whether you’re in the dance studio or school classroom, connecting dance and music concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, learn and create using multiple senses and intelligences. It increases self-esteem and confidence. It is holistic, beautiful and child-focused. Regardless of what paths and interests our students choose to pursue, we want what they have learned in our classes to be valuable.
Today we’re sharing with you an Early Childhood Classroom (ECC) Spotify Playlist created specifically for the concepts of directions (forwards, backwards, sideways, up, and down) and relationships (over, under, on, off, around, through, beside, in front, behind). This playlist includes 35 engaging songs that will have your students moving forwards, backward, over, under and more!
If you’re curious about the ECC School Teacher Certification, take a look at our previous post HERE.
Directions and Relationships
Direction describes the way a body leads or intends to move through space. Children have explored directions since birth; however, they’re now ready to label these movements and explore and practice movement skills in new directions.
Directions relate to spatial awareness skills and will increase your child’s emerging confidence as a mover!
Did you know…?
Exploring the concepts of direction helps children work on body control and coordination, as well as supports problem-solving skills.
Cultivating safe, loving relationships is the core of the Intellidance® programs, and it’s a movement concept we love to explore!
Relationships describe how our bodies move in relation to our own body parts, other people and the space. Discovering various relationships between people, body parts and props supports a child’s physical, cognitive and emotional development.
Did you know…?
Exploring the concept of relationships supports children’s ability to successfully and independently relate to others in a group setting.
Play at home
Here are two great activities that support the concepts of directions and relationships for at-home play!
Rocks and tunnels: Explore relationships between people by playing “rocks and tunnels” with your child. Make a small “rock” shape and ask your child to go over and around you. Make a “tunnel” shape so your child can explore going under you
Directions Red Light, Green Light: add a fun new twist to this favorite game by adding a direction cue each time you say green light. For example, drive backward – green light! Your child will love this extra challenge.