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Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the January book. Enjoy!
In January, in NYC, we have only had a few days of snow and it wasn’t anything that lasted for more than a day. Usually my lessons are packed full of snowy day dances and ice sculptures, but with no snow it’s hard to get into it. I decided to dance about it anyway and this book was really fun to include in my snow lessons! Here’s what we did:
The words in the book Mouse’s First Snow were so wonderful! They really aided my littles in new movement qualities!
First I read the story aloud and we picked all of the movement words. After that we explored them. Here are a few that were particularly fun!
My students love to ice skate. Even if they don’t do it in real life, they just love to pretend to do it. In the story, one mouse skates something on the ice and then the other mouse did the same thing. After we explored ice skating for a bit, I would pick out a students’ skating that looked particularly interesting. Then we would all try that skating movement. Follow the leader was a fun concept to include.
Fact: I have never been ice skating in real life! Have you? This book made me want to try it!
Fast and sharp movements from open to close. Zip your arms from down to up, or your legs from open to close. The noise works wonders!
Push and Pile
This was my favorite one! Push the snow, push it to roll it into a ball. Push it with different body parts like elbows, shoulders, heads, feet. When I said let’s try pushing the snow with our feet, one little said “that’s like kicking the snow, and that’s fun!” I think I gave them the freedom to play in the snow, since there isn’t really any outside.
Would be fun to actually do a snow dance in the snow!
Then pile the snow. The pile got higher and higher. Then we practiced piling our own body parts. We stacked our feet and piled our arms on top. Then we piled our hands on top of each other. Super fun! This I would do over and over, even without the book!
I used this book with my 3’s and 4’s. I thought the words were perfect for this age group, but I also thought that the pictures told even more of the story. Showing building and moving snow is hard to do!
I would love to hear more about this book from Kerry. You can find her write up about the book here.
Have you ever used a snow book with your littles? Have you ever done a snow dance? I would love to hear!
p.s. this is not the first time we danced about mouse discovering seasons for the first time.