it possible for you to add the joy and energy of music to movement experiences
without the effort of first having to locate appropriate music.
The songs that are part of this program are entirely original, having been
written specifically for the activities they accompany. They expose the children
to both electronic and acoustic instruments and to as many musical elements
as we could manage to include. I believe in variety, and variety is what this
music offers the children (and you)!
Benefits of Moving & Learning
Movement experiences in general—and in Early Elementary Children Moving
& Learning specifically—have many benefits for children. They exercise the
whole body, including the mind, and not just the muscles; they create a love of
movement that should develop into a lifetime desire for physical fitness; and
their success-oriented philosophy provides numerous opportunities for learn-
ing, participating, and enjoying. The following are some of their more specific
benefits. Physical Development
Perhaps the simplest and most important reason children should be allowed
and encouraged to move is to develop movement skills.
Although it is commonly believed children automatically acquire motor
skills as their bodies develop, maturation only means that children will be able
to execute most movement skills at a low performance level. Continuous prac-
tice and instruction are needed if the performance level and movement rep-
ertoire are to increase (Gallahue and Cleland Donnelly 2003). In other words,
once a child is able to creep and walk, gross-motor skills should be taught—just
as other abilities are taught. Furthermore, special attention should be paid
to children demonstrating gross-motor delays, as such delays will not simply
disappear over time.
As Linda Carson explains, families and teachers “would not advocate learn-
ing to read or communicate by having their children enter a ‘gross cognitive