Today before creative movement I was thinking about skipping. It is my goal that 4 year olds be able to skip by the end of the year. For some kids this is really difficult, and for some it seems so natural. I get bored fairly easily if I do the same movements the same way every single week. And you certainly know what that means, if I am bored, 4 year olds are bored!
I came up with an idea on the spot. I usually have the kids sit while their classmates go across the floor. But today, I lined them up like setting them up for a square dance, in two lines. (See picture!) Two dancers move to the top to skip down the middle and the side lines move down a dot until everyone gets to the top to go down the middle. We practiced chasse too, just to get used to moving down a dot. I loved it because EVERYONE needs to pay attention, and everyone is participating. I love to present ideas that includes and manages the entire class at once.
I am sure this idea has been done before, a billion times probably. I was just so happy it worked out like I had hoped. I am pretty sure they liked it too!
What do you like to do to make skipping, chasse, and traveling across the floor fun for the littles? I would love to hear!
(picture via Country Living)