Our Kinderdance Team will be offline until November as we meet the many demands of our growing team. We are happy to announce we are expanding and look forward to the many exciting events to blog about upon our return!
“Seeing new patterns and possibilities is the essence of creativity . . . If we are merely competent – even if our competence is world class – we will not be able to produce the new services or products that are path breaking and highly desired . . . Creativity, innovation, and flexibility will not be the special province of an elite. It will be demanded of virtually everyone who is making a decent living, from graphic artists to assembly line workers, from insurance brokers to home builders.”
NCEE - National Center for Education Evaluation
Each Monday, as I prepare for the week ahead, I go through my dance bag to make sure all is in tact for the tots I teach. I am always struck by all that goes into a single class and how my word cards, colorful stuffed animals and tambourine sits right next to my ballet shoes. I love that through my journey in life as a dancer I have rested in the sweet spot of early childhood education. Dance has become the tool I use to open space for the learning of a child, and Kinderdance in particularly opens pathways (kinesthetic, visual, auditory) through its use of dance and movement integrated with academic learning. All children have the opportunity to become engaged, interested and successful. By introducing children to multi-faceted curriculums we support multi-faceted intelligence or better yet … 'multiple intelligences'.
In Early Childhood News, 'Why Art is Important in Education' , the author Connie Bergstein Dow explains Howard Gardner's theory on multiple intelligences, 'Multiple intelligences identifies the linguistic and mathematical intelligences, but in addition to these,
[is also] the musical, naturalist, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligences '
As explained in a recent article in the Journal of Dance Education, “the more intelligences we use, the more holistic our understanding. So it stands to reason that teaching methodologies that involve multiple intelligences will educate students more fully. Creative movement interweaves many (if not all) intelligences simultaneously.”
So … off I go to teach the first class of the week … knowing it will benefit each child for the rest of their lives. I love my job.
Thank you Miss Lee for all your sharing on our KD Blog. Best of luck in your new venture and new school year!
The Kinderdance New School Year is in full swing. The Kinderdance Team will be participating in demonstration at all our locations over the next four weeks. We look forward to dancing with all our friends returning from the previous session and meeting new friends dancing with us for the first time!
We will have new blog entries each Monday and Thursday and welcome any comments along the way. Your children will return with fun stories and re-enactments of all the fun and learning experienced in our demonstrations. We would love to hear from you!
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My past year of Kinderdance has been an incredible journey filled with many life lessons in dance, teamwork, integrity, and community.
If I were to give the next Kinderdance instructor (4) points of advice, they would be the following:
Discover hidden joys... Each class is full of challenges, take the time to reflect on what brings you and the children joy.
Support your teachers...they are your biggest allies, and their time is precious.
Trust your team...they will be there to help and support you no matter what. The heart of Kinderdance opens wide through teamwork.
Know that your worst day could be a child's best...Every day is another chance to change a life in your community.
With all of this being said: I would like to announce, bittersweetly, that I will be leaving the Kinderdance team physically, but not in spirit. I will be a dance teacher at Vanderlyn Elementary School this fall. It has been so wonderful to teach your children, and I truly hope to "see you later". Keep dancing, smiling, and being you.
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?
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.