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ERIC Number: EJ898689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Young Children and Movement: The Power of Creative Dance
Dow, Connie Bergstein
Young Children, v65 n2 p30-35 Mar 2010
Children move the instant they are born and the moment they wake up every morning. Moving is one of the first and most important ways infants and toddlers explore and learn about the world, and this process continues as they grow and develop. Research shows that movement and exercise can spark the growth of new brain cells and facilitate learning (Ratey, 2008). Why, then, is creative movement not an integral part of every early childhood curriculum? The author's theory is twofold. First, teachers and society at large are less familiar with dance than with the other performing arts. Second, because some teachers may not have experience with dance, they may be uncomfortable offering creative movement. They may think that bringing dance into the classroom will result in children moving randomly and without noticing the other children. However, one of the gifts of guided creative movement is that it helps children learn to control their bodies and develop awareness of moving in a space with other children. In this article, the author defines and describes the benefits of creative movement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A