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Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry selects a book and I use it in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with the kids in hopes of giving you some ideas to use in your classes! Here is the May book. Enjoy!
Like A Windy Day was a big hit with me and the kids! I used it with my 5 year olds and I thought it was perfect for this age group. There are so many movement words and ideas in this book, it’s almost too much for one dance or lesson. I gave all the students scarves and we used the scarves as a way to enhance our dance. Here are some of the kids (and my) favorite pages from the book to dance!
To start the dance I asked the students to make the same shape as the girl on the front cover. (pictured above) It was really neat to see. I need to do more make a shape like this picture. 🙂
Windmills! We made our arms straights and spun around and around. Moving one arm up and keeping the other one down. We also used our legs. That was tricky, but fun! After seeing this windmill dance I think I will incorporate it into my warm-up from now on.
Zooming down hillsides. You know how much kids love to run? The fact that I told them they could was really freeing. I gave them the image of the wind pushing them from behind. I could really see how they were thinking and running down a sloped hill. All we needed was a sprinkler! 😉
Snap wet sheets! Snap is a really fun word to explore. We used the scarves at first and snapped them at different speeds. Then we explored the word snap with our body parts. It was interesting and really opened them up to new movement and new ideas.
Falling leaves from the trees. We explored throwing our scarves in the air and catching them in different ways. Using the low level. Spinning around and then catching it. Jumping. Throwing it behind us. It really reminded me of the fall and playing in the leaves.
There are many other pages in the book that lend to great movement explorations. These were just a few of my favorites. I love to use books in class because it gives other creative ideas and opens up to visuals and new words. Make sure you check Kerry’s post about this book here.
Have you ever used this book in creative movement class? Would you ever try it? I highly recommend it!