This checklist includes movement fundamentals and practical considerations for creating a movement exploration activity for young children.
√ The space for the activity is adequate and children know the parameters. (Ex. This movement exercise is on the rug.)
√ Children are taught to move through space while respecting the space of other students.
√ Children are encouraged to do a specific locomotor activity like crawling, walking, twirling.
√ Children are encouraged to do a specific nonlocomotor activity like bending, stretching, swaying.
√ Children are encouraged to do an activity that incorporates the concept of shape(s) which is part of the dance element of space. (Ex. Show me a crooked shape.)
√ Children are encouraged to do an activity that demonstrates the element of dance called force (ex. sharp v. smooth movements).
√ Several challenges require children to apply creativity and divergent problem solving skills. There is more than one correct way to solve the physical challenges.
√ Children with special needs or challenges in movement have accommodations (materials and assistance) which help them to fully participate in the activity.
√ Musical accompaniment enhances the experience.
√ The length of the activity and duration of physically challenging movement is appropriate to the audience.<o:p></o:p>