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All About Movement

This section contains 32 pages of information about the following topics:

  • What are movement experiences?
  • Movement and child development
  • What are Dominant Movement Patterns?
  • The value of movement
  • Introducing movement experiences
  • The adultís role in movement experiences
  • What if I canít dance?
  • Body awareness
  • Movement and the brain
  • Crossing the midline
  • Cross patterning
  • Spatial awareness
  • The vestibular system
  • Perceptual motor development
  • Inverted activities
  • Balance
  • W-sitting
  • Using props for movement
  • Movement and games
  • Movement and drama
  • What if something is not right?

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All About Music

This section contains12 pages of information about the following topics:

  • The value of music
  • Musical instruments
  • Vary the musical experiences
  • Can you play a musical instrument?
  • Home-made musical instruments
  • Using the body to make music
  • Using the environment to make music
  • The adultís role in music
  • Music games
  • Distributing and collecting musical instruments
  • Music for packing up

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All About Puppets

This section contains 17 pages of information about the following topics:

  • Glove puppets
  • Finger puppets
  • Sock puppets
  • Stick puppets
  • Spoon puppets
  • Hand puppets
  • Box puppets
  • Ideas for using a hand puppets
  • Storing puppets
  • Puppet shows

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    All About Singing

    This section contains 27 pages of information about singing plus the opportunity to download 2 original songs.

    • Why is singing important?
    • How do you feel when you sing?
    • The adultís role in singing experiences
    • Different types of singing experiences
    • Songs, Chants and Poems
    • Scatting (download song)
    • Finger plays
    • Introducing a new song
    • When singing songs
    • Varying a familiar song
    • Transition songs
    • How to use Song Cards
    • Song Folder
    • Song bags
    • Singing books
    • Interactive song cards
    • Finger Puppets and singing
    • Hand Puppets and singing
    • Felt Boards and singing
    • Guitars and other accompanying instruments
    • Sign language and songs
    • Discrimination in songs
    • Culture and songs
    • Celebrations and songs
    • Songs for packing up (download song)

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    All About Stories

    This section contains 15 pages of information about the following topics:

    • Books and babies
    • The importance of the eyes
    • Various reading opportunities (Reading a book on your own- Reading to individual children- Reading to a small group -Reading to a large group)
    • Choosing childrenís books (Book Illustrations-Content)
    • When reading a book (The voice-The body- The face)
    • Holding a book
    • Singing books
    • Props
    • Story Telling
    • Felt Boards
    • Creating reading areas
    • Involving families in the reading

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    The Brain Body Connection

    This section contains 30 pages of information about the following topics:

    • About the brain
    • In the beginning
    • The five senses
    • Activities that enhance the five senses (Feely bags-Feely box-Fabric box-Texture books-Texture mats- Sensory tunnels and outdoor play- Textured balls- Music playground)
    • Sensory motor skills
    • Perceptual motor development
    • The nervous system
    • Receptors
    • More about the brain (The cerebrum-The cerebellum-The brainstem-The diencephalon)
    • The roles of the two hemispheres of the brain
    • Dominance
    • Balance and the brain
    • Movement, music, singing and the brain
    • Brain exercises
    • Stress and the brain
    • The importance of water
    • More interesting facts about the brain

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