14 CHAPTER 1
How Many Ways Can You Move?
Gather children in a spacious area, and ask them to show you how many ways
they can move. Encourage them to find additional ways to move by watching
one another and thinking of animals or machines that move. After a few min-
utes of moving, ask them to move fast, slow, with someone else, using a prop,
without using their feet, with their eyes closed, in a circle, and up and down.
Ask children if they would like to invite their families to see the many ways
they have learned to move. If children are interested, form committees and in-
volve them in planning the event. Children may work on creating invitations,
finding a location, greeting families, setting up the seating area, choosing music
and decorations, and deciding how to tell families what they know about move-
ment and how it makes them feel. Encourage children to think ahead about ways
they can move and props they may want to use during the event. In order to keep
the event spontaneous and stress-free, do not spend time practicing staged move-
ments. Encourage children to think of ways to involve families in the spontaneous
movement. Invite local media to attend the “Moving My Body” show.
props, decorations, and other materials identified by children
Play the song “I Like to Walk” by
Grenadilla, and listen to the words.
Let children predict the movements
they will see on a walk. Then
take them for a walk to observe
Create an obstacle course or maze for
children inside the classroom or
outdoors. Visit a warehouse to see items being
moved with equipment, or watch a
video clip of equipment that is
LPET Introduce an ant farm to the class-
room, and encourage children to
watch and describe the ants’ move-
ment, activity, and community.