divide a large group in half due to lack of space, you may find that you are able
to move through a lesson plan more quickly. If you have more three-year-olds
in your class than four- or five-year-olds, you may find that it takes the younger
ones longer to complete a single lesson—or that you cannot keep their atten-
tion long enough to complete all four activities. Due to the nature of children in
general, it is even possible that one lesson will last thirty minutes, the next only
twenty minutes, and the following just fifteen!
In other words, you will have to be prepared to play it by ear. However, that
should not be a problem. If you have not completed a lesson when your time is
up, you can simply pick up where you left off next time. If your class runs short,
you can always repeat activities from previous lessons.
My hope, of course, is that you will plan for a daily movement session. If
you do movement activities on a daily basis, it is best to use no more than two
Moving & Learning lesson plans per week, repeating the activities from those
lessons throughout the week. Otherwise, the children’s senses will be over-
loaded and focusing will be much more difficult.
Finally, should you wish to adapt the lesson plans, remember that a les-
son should include both large and small movements whenever possible. In
most cases, this also means that the lesson will consist of both vigorous and
not-so-vigorous activities—which you will definitely want to alternate, for your
sake as well as the children’s.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Success is always the goal in a Moving & Learning program, so the atmosphere
of your class plays an important role. Classroom management must be handled
with special care. With so much activity involved, however, maintaining control
is not always easy.
Children love to move—and they like to show off and display their abilities—
especially to you, so you can use this to your advantage when presenting chal-
lenges. If you introduce the challenges with a phrase like “Show me you can”
or “Let me see you,” the children will want to show you they can. It is a simple
technique, but amazingly effective!