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Write Dance in the Early Years
A Pre-Writing Programme for Children 3 to 5

Second Edition


January 2010 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Also available as a pack (Book, CD and DVD)

Paper (978-1-8492-0392-0) £65.00

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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

 

Praise for the first edition:

 

'A useful resource to have in any early years setting, providing a wealth of information within a very neat and compact book' - Special

 

'The Write Dance materials are wonderfully done. After meeting with Ragnhild a few years ago, I have been using many of these principles in my work with children. The methods definitely work and are definitely needed by today's kids' - Delina Robair, Developmental Child Specialist, USA

 

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 and audio CD 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
 
Introduction
 
What Is Write Dance?
 
Write Dance in the Early Years
 
Movements in Your Space
 
Movements on a Scrimbling Surface
 
Both Hands
 
Consolidating
 
Experiencing and Emotions
 
Repetition and Routine
 
Development
 
The Scrimbling Area
 
Materials for the Writing Surface
 
Scrimbling Materials
 
Materials for Theme Play
 
The Role of the Teacher
 
A Working Method in 10 Steps
 
Summary of the Basic Movements
 
Themes, Stories and Arrangement of the CD
 
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 and Fairy Lights
 
F7. Big Water Shute
 
F8. The Gateway
 
F9. Dear Sun, Dear Moon

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