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Movement and Dance in Early Childhood

Movement and Dance in Early Childhood

Second Edition

March 2003 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This original and fascinating approach to children's movement development is highly recommended reading for tutors, practitioner and students alike' - Under Five

`Movement and Dance in Early Childhood offers a clear and accessible entry into the world of movement and dance and the possibilities that exist for children, their families and the wider educational community' - Every Child

`Eminently readable and accessible. Whether the reader is versed in movement understanding or a beginner, by the end of the book they should be a much better movement observer, teacher and handler' - Marion North, Principal and Chief Executive, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance

In this unique and innovative book on movement and dance development from birth to eight years, the author draws on her depth of knowledge and practical experience in helping children to become skilled, creative and imaginative in a wide range of movement-oriented activities. The book seeks to help early childhood educators and parents in very practical ways and provides guidance based on a sound theoretical understanding.

Originally published as Helping Children Learn Through a Movement Perspective, this book has been updated in the light of recent research. The author extends her investigation of how young children learn in and through movement. There is an expanded chapter on dance, which suggests strategies for working with young children and examines ways in which young children take on the roles of dance-makers, performers and appreciators. An additional chapter shows ways in which the expressive and artistic aspects of children's movement can be appropriately located and includes exemplars for dance at Key Stage 1 and the early phases of Key Stage 2.

What Is Movement?
Learning to Move
Moving to Learn
The Learning Teaching Environment
Supporting, Extending and Enriching Movement
A Matter of Expression
Creating, Performing and Appreciating Dance
Dance in Statutory Education

I found this text very clear to follow with excellent ideas to implement in the classroom. Movement is related to everyday situations which makes a clear link for the students.

Gillian Jack
Education, University of Aberdeen
May 16, 2014

An invaluable resource for our early year’s trainees to extend their understanding of movement and dance. The text allows for students to 'dip in and out' and it is nice to see photographs representing free movement. The chapter ‘What is Movement' discusses Laban's analysis of movement with a clear emphasis on the key principles and how this theory can be translated to movement in the practical environment. The last chapter with practical ideas for lesson planning is always a popular one with trainees!

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 3, 2012

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