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14 Introduction COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL have a very small group of children, or if you have had to divide a large group in half because of lack of space, you may find that you are able to move through a lesson plan more quickly. If you have more eighteen-month-olds in your class than three-year-olds, you may find that it takes the younger ones longer to complete a single lesson—or that you cannot keep their attention long enough to complete all four activities. Because of 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 on a daily basis, I suggest using no more than two Moving & Learning lesson plans per week, repeating the activities in those two lessons throughout the week. Otherwise, the children’s senses will be overloaded 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. But children love to move—and they like to show off and display their abilities—especially to you. You can use this to your advantage when present- ing challenges. 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! COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL