MOVE! LEARN! IMAGINE is an exploration of movement, dance, drama, and creative thinking which enhances the overall educational development of young children by integrating the workings of mind and body.
The program offers many possibilities for enhancing cooperative learning and fostering self-esteem. Chances for failure are lessened as young children draw from their own resources and imaginations, while learning in a nurturing environment. These experiences stimulate problem solving and offer a dynamic creative outlet for developing young children, while focusing on mind and body connection.
My approach is conceptual. By using word cues, I work with children to respond from their own understanding and imagination. I am interested in children’s individual creative responses.
Using the tools of dramatic storytelling, song, and music I work to build an environment conducive to exploring imagination through movement and drama. The class is fun, organized, and creative. This hands-on approach is structured by opening with a circle, informing the group of the ideas and concepts to be explored, warm-ups, stretches, work on the ideas for the day, and closing in a circle. Attention to each child’s individual concerns is a priority.
In class, I introduce the elements of dance: space, time, and energy, and how the body uses these elements when making dances. This is done in a manner and language understandable to young children.
Students learn basic locomotor patterns: walk, run, gallop, jump, slide, hop, skip, leap. They explore body movements: bending, stretching, turning, twisting, swinging, swaying, pushing, pulling, rising, falling. They develop an awareness of space, how they can create still and moving shapes in space. They explore beat and rhythm, tempo or speed of movement, length or duration of movement, accent of the movement. Students learn the elements of energy in dance, i.e., weight, balance, strength, flow.
I devote a substantial amount of time to imaginative stories I have developed, which I tell the children as they move. I give them the opportunity to pretend, day dream, and to make believe about fantastic places, e.g., “jelly blue glue planet,” “the chocolate elevator,” “the land of pink ink,” “zig-zag land.”
Learning through movement and drama can be an exciting, enjoyable, and stimulating way to explore the world. The teacher has much to learn from the child in the process. Respectful communication from adult to child, child to adult, and child to child makes an environment conducive to learning and growing. Facilitating opportunities for creative expression in young children fosters self-esteem, awareness, and respect for others.
Move! Learn! Imagine!
Movement and Drama for Children. A nurturing introduction to dance, movement, and drama using storytelling, song, and music to spark a creative physical response. For ages 3-9.
How to Register
Please call 608-770-0826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
|Thursday||4–6 yo||4:30–5:30 PM||January 18 – March 15||8 weeks (within date range) = $96 (no class March 8)|
Comfortable clothing, suitable for moving, is requested.
Classes will be held at: 1957 WINNEBAGO STREET, MADISON, WISCONSIN 53704
PLEASE MAIL PAYMENT by January 5, 2018. A LATE REGISTRATION FEE OF $15 will be assessed if registration is received after January 5, 2018.
• One hour class: $12.00 per class x no. of weeks, payable in full, by January 5 (session fee of $96).
• Single class fee $15, payable at class.
PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO DONNA PECKETT.
Rev. November 25, 2017
Donna Peckett, a professional working artist, choreographer, actor and arts educator, is producing artistic director of TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater. She is the recipient of two Wisconsin Arts Board choreographer’s fellowships and a recognition award from the Wisconsin Dance Council. She earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Donna works with people from ages 3 – 80+ in a variety of perspectives. She is an avid gardener and cook and believes that positive social change can happen through the arts.