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Write Dance in the Early Years

Write Dance in the Early Years

Second Edition

January 2010 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Also available as a Book and Cd

Paper (978-1-84920-139-1) £31.99

Cloth (978-1-84920-138-4) £97.00

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'Write dance is a unique programme with links across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Not only does it help to develop the prerequisite physical skills and co-ordination for writing, it also encourages creativity, self expression and confidence' - Chris Dukes, Early Years Area Senco

Write Dance is an exciting and innovative programme which uses music and movement to introduce handwriting to children. Write Dance movements are designed to help children feel happy and comfortable with their bodies, improving their motor skills and providing a strong foundation for writing.


Ranghild A. Oussoren developed the approach in Holland ten years ago and it has gone on to capture the imagination of children and teachers across Europe. In this new edition of Write Dance in the Early Years, practitioners are provided with a package of songs, stories and illustrations, as well as guidance on implementing Write Dance in their early years setting.


This book, audio CD and DVD introduces the nine themes of the Write Dance approach at the appropriate developmental level for the early years. The programme supports the Be Healthy, Enjoy and Achieve outcome of the Every Child Matters agenda. It also links to the following aspects within the six areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation stage:

- Creative Development through imaginative play, music and dance

- Physical Development through movement using equipment and materials

- Communication, Language and Literacy through handwriting

- Personal Social and Emotional Development through increasing self-confidence and self-esteem


This programme benefits all children, but has also been found very helpful for children with special education needs, from learning difficulties to dyspraxia.

The Story of a Piece of Paper
How the Audio CD is arranged
What is Write Dance?
Pre-school Write Dance
Movements in your space
Movements on a writing surface
Both hands
Experiencing and emotions
Repetition and routine
The Scrimbling area
Materials for the writing surface
Writing materials
Materials for theme play
The Role of the teacher
Similarities in basic movements and sensory experiences
The connection between the themes in
Write Dance in the Nursery and in Write Dance
A working method in Ten Steps for Write Dance in the Nursery
Stories, Movements, Theme Plays and Scrimbling
Home Stories
H1. Sandy Hill
H2. Kringeli-krangeli
H3. Pat-a-cake
H4. The Staircase
H5. The Toy Train
H6. Tickle Tree
H7. Little Water Shute
H8. The Rainbow
H9. Little Sun
H10. Straight, Bent, Cross, Happy
Funfair Stories
F1. Watermill
F2. My Dinky Car
F3. Merry-go-round
F4. The Procession
F5. Air Train
F6. Tree & Fairy Lights
F7. Big Water Shute
F8. The Gateway
F9. Dear Sun, Dear Moon

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ISBN: 9781849203920