A movement program that is solidly based on the developmental needs of children can have many school-wide benefits. These include...
In seating a student behind a desk, we as teachers and parents are anticipating that the child is physiologically ready, or soon will become ready, for the year’s tasks. But realistically, every child will struggle with some aspect of the academic environment: it might be a challenge to sit in balance, or to listen quietly, or to muster the fine motor skills for writing. Thus, we must remember that through movement, every child can be helped in some way to reach his or her full potential.
From early childhood through high school, experience has shown that classes of students who are provided with appropriate daily movement activities are able to move ahead more solidly. Benefits of these activities include:
Announcing the fourth session, summer 2017
Gym & Developmental Movement
June 25 to July 2, 2017
at Aurora Waldorf School (Buffalo NY area)
The learning goal of this course is to enrich and enliven teaching approaches, starting with the insights of Rudolf Steiner a century ago and then linking these to more recent research and methods. The emphasis will be on activities for grades 1 to 4, but we will also experience how these transform for older classes. We will examine the foundations of healthy development that occur through movement, and experience how these foundations can be joyfully built through ‘old time’ gym, schoolyard and backyard games once played by children all over the world. Thousands of such activities are to be found in books for gym teachers and recreation directors published between 1910 and 1950.
Each day will include five hours of movement and two hours of supporting pedagogical theory. Sessions will include techniques for identifying needs, planning lessons around individual or class problems, sensory integration, addressing specific academic/developmental goals. Following is an outline of the course content.
Games & Movement Categories:
Rough and Tumble Play… Wrestling Games… Development of Throwing & Catching…
Active/Exercise… Danger/Pursuit… Circle/Musical/Clapping… Party/Quiet/Blindfold… Enrichment Activities and Remedial Sequences…
A Lower-Grades Model for the Waldorf Circus:
Low- or No-Spotting Gymnastics Skills… Acrobatics… Zoo Exercises… Mat Agilities… Circus Skills… Apparatus & obstacle course… Tumbling Games
Workup Games for Sports
Baseball variations, Tennis, Volleyball, Aussie rules football ...and more
Pedagogical Lectures and Seminars
• A system of movement categories
• Fourfold human being; Twelve senses
• Hope, Love and Faith: applying Rudolf Steiner’s Pedagogical Law
• Comparative movement needs of boys and girls
• Postural control in the light of Anthroposophy
• Sixteen keys to developmental movement needs; Learning challenges & mainstream labels
• Developing/promoting a movement program - and how to communicate your goals
Sidebar topics: Competition; Teasing; the Olympics model; Comparative movement needs of boys and girls
Remedial & Artistic Activities
Including shaded drawing and painting handwriting
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