The Kennedy Center shared this amazing early childhood learning article based on the Whole Child! I was not surprised to connect many of the learning objectives to that of the Kinderdance curriculum!
It's hard to believe that it is already the end of July! Kinderdance is making preparations for back to school, and cannot wait to start a new year!
Can you guess which rockin' Kinderdance instructor is highlighted in this month's Flashback Friday?
This informative video is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can find their Youtube site here. This video provides helpful scientific insight into the ways children develop through participatory enrichment. One thing comes to mind: The Science of Kinderdance.
Teaching to a multi-level classroom is a challenge for many instructors, and a skill that can improve with practice.
Attention, direction, and challenge are three basic tools that I use while teaching to a multi-level "hybrid" classroom.
I'm excited to show a multi/level Kindergym class to my parents this evening at our Bright Beginnings location. The students require multi-level teaching due to the ages present.
Attention to the basic needs of each child will indicate where the child lies developmentally. It is important to teach young children with a developmental standard to prevent injury.
Direction is important to engage discussion while helping the child develop early associations. (Ie. Learning the rules, assimilating ideas, and connecting emotionally to the instructor)
Challenge is imperative for focus and progress. Perhaps a child needs help with their pronunciation, listening skills, spatial awareness, or leadership...Kinderdance asks these important questions and challenges the needs of each child.
Hopefully these ideas will help engage, prevent "boredom", and create a solid foundation for your classroom!
I recently passed my one-year anniversary teaching Kinderdance!
Over the past several weeks, I have noticed immense changes in my students. Not only are the dancers stronger, dexterous, and becoming more and more innovative but they are communicating with emotion and consideration for the art and for each other.
I had to stop a particular parent at the Bright Horizons at Alston & Bird location to tell dote on the vast improvements her daughter has made in my class. This could not wait for progress report time! Her child had never spoken directly to me in the full year I had been teaching. This summer, she is now able to mentally associate her body with space, understand the cause and affect of her actions, and differentiate "right" from "wrong" rules.
Social competence not only involves the ability to cooperate with peers; it also includes such things as the ability to show empathy, express feelings, and share with one another. Kinderdancers are taught basic etiquette which helps develop a nurturing environment for all students.
Kinderdance is truly incredible, and I am so proud of my dancers!
The KDATL team has been discussing the different ways which Kinderdance affects the life of a child. We are continuously inspired by the genius we find in our students, and look for even more ways to enrich the development of the young dancer.
We began a dialogue on how infants love movement because they are accustomed to activity the womb. Movement naturally relaxes them! With the popularity of the "baby sling", there has been gaining interest in "sling and dance" classes for parents and babies. It's not just about getting in shape without a babysitter, either. Movement with your child creates an incredible bonding experience, while exposing your child to physical, visual, and auditory stimuli. If you know of "sling and dance" classes in Atlanta, please share the knowledge in our comment box!
It's fascinating to learn the different ways which we can bond with our children while strengthening their neural pathways. I have always been interested in items like Lullabelly, where you can comfortably play music to your child in the womb. Experts believe that prenatal music stimulation can help early brain development by laying a foundation for learning.
Very cool, right?
When I began writing for the Kinderdance Atlanta blog I wanted to check out as many dance blogs as possible. There are tons and tons, but I found a personal favorite: Maria's Movers
Maria Hanley shares similar ideals to that of the Kinderdance community. Her involvement in early dance education is inspiring, and her blog is full of rich, useful content. It is wonderful to read her experiences and empathize with the learning and teaching processes.
Here is a bit about Maria:
A passionate advocate for early childhood dance education, Maria Hanley specializes in teaching ages 5 months to 6 years. She currently designs and implements creative ballet programs for the young families and after school division at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Maria teaches a variety of creative dance and infant/toddler programsthroughout New York City, including The Mark Morris Dance Group, Dancewave Center and 92Y Parenting Center.
Be sure to check out Maria'a blog, and see the impact she is making in early childhood dance education.
Shasta Bridges is a certified early childhood movement specialist and Founder/Director of Kinderdance Atlanta. With over 30 years teaching experience in all ages and genres, Ms. Shasta holds a special affinity for teaching to young children.