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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>

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