Today I noticed that my littles were veeeery chatty. I think they are getting comfortable. I always forget that happens around this time of year. It’s not just me, is it?
As we were stretching, all they wanted to do was talk! I honestly think that it’s because they have to keep it together all day long at school, then when they get to dance they want to tell me everything. Everything! It’s ok with me, but I also have to maintain some sort of order. Right?
Hint: Something else that has helped with my littles wanting to talk through class is if I go out into the hallway and talk to them before class begins. Then hey feel like they have had the time to share something with me without me having to shut them down.
Instead of sounding like a broken record, telling them to eat marshmallows, I got a ribbon and started using it. I asked everyone to make a straddle and touch feet to the dancer on each side. I showed them to stretch the ribbon over their head like they are painting a rainbow, switch it to the other hand, and then pass it to the next person. We went all the way around the circle a few times and then I started to add more ribbons. We had 3 going at one time.
It really forces them to concentrate on stretching and then, magically I could hear the music again! I may switch it up and use a different props. Just think of the possibilities!
How do you spice up a stretch? Got a special way? I would love to hear!
p.s. Have you seen my special project for 2013? I hope you will consider joining in!
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