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Ms. MaureenMovement Educator

Ms. Maureen’s Musings

March 3, 2017
I decided to continue the Winter theme this week and next, so that ALL the classes could experience these fun activities Everyone got to:
  • Ride scooter “sleds” in a circle. The children laid on their tummies and held a hoop that was simultaneously being held by a friend who pulled them around the circle. After one child had a turn to ride the scooter, and then they switched with the friend who had pulled them so that everyone got a turn to both ride and pull
  • Build a “snowman.” The children got to roll a big “snowball” (“exercise ball”) up a hill and into a box. Then a friend would pull the big ball out of the box and roll it back down the hill. This exercise helped the children to follow my directions to walk up the hill while rolling the ball, and not just give it one big push. It also allowed the children some motor planning and problem solving in trying to figure out how to lift the big ball out of the box to roll it back to their friends.
· “Ice Skate.” Using paper plates as “skates,” the children moved around on top of a parachute. They had to take long, sliding steps as they glided to the music of the famous “Skater’s Waltz” by Émile Waldteufel. This was an exercise in coordination, as they learned that in order to make the “skates” work, they had to slide their feet and not lift them as though they were walking.
  • “Throw snowballs.” We sat around the parachute, and altogether threw the soft, cottony “snowballs” up into the air by counting to 3 and quickly raising the parachute in unison. Then the children got to run to retrieve the scattered snowballs. This is a great exercise for the children to work on listening skills and teamwork. If it’s not done just right, the effect isn’t as grand as when we all cooperate together! Some of the classes even got to have “snowball fights” with these soft, imaginary snowballs, throwing them all around the room.
With all these activities, the children are working on their gross motor skills, balance, motor planning, fine motor skills, and following directions. And what a great job EVERYONE did!! Lastly, all the children got to sing a wonderful, fun song/dance called Singing in the Rain. (No…not the Gene Kelly version! It’s from a CD called, Rock n’ Roll Songs that Teach by “The Learning Station.” Please check it out on YouTube so you can enjoy it and sing with your little ones!!) Here are the lyrics for our Singing in the Rain song. The movements that accompany this song are pretty easy to figure out. And I promise if you do it with your children, you will get giggles every time! (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up … (CHORUS) Cheecha cha cha cheecha cha cha cheech cha cha. Now sway. (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up, shoulders back…. (CHORUS) (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up, shoulders back, knees together… (CHORUS) (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up, shoulders back, knees together, bottoms (“tushies”) out… (CHORUS) (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up, shoulders back, knees together, bottoms out, tongues out… (CHORUS) (VERSE) Singing in the rain. We’re singing in the rain. What a wonderful feeling. We’re thumbs up, shoulders back, knees together, bottoms out, tongues out, eyes closed. (CHORUS) Keep Swaying…Singing in the Rain! Have fun! And remember: “Keep it FIT and Keep it FUN!” Ms. Maureen