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ERIC Number: EJ929996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Linking Literacy and Movement
Pica, Rae
Young Children, v65 n6 p72-73 Nov 2010
There are many links between literacy and movement. Movement and language are both forms of communication and self-expression. Rhythm is an essential component of both language and movement. While people may think of rhythm primarily in musical terms, there is a rhythm to words and sentences as well. Individuals develop an internal rhythm when they read and write. Individuals also have personalized rhythms for thinking and moving. According to neuroscience educator Dee Coulter, songs, movement, and musical games are "brilliant neurological exercises" vital to intellectual development (1995, 22). Combining rhythmic movement with speech and song gives young children an opportunity to further develop their minds. In particular, this combination affects the areas of inner speech and impulse control, which contribute to language development, self-management, and social skills (Coulter 1995, 22).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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