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Movement Helps Learning

What a fun concept!  I can dance to learn about shapes moving in space.  Idownloadwer can measure them and remember them!  The formulas become easy for me as I memorize the movements!

Give me a call if you’d like to have a 1 day workshop for your students to learn test taking strategies through MOVEMENT!!!

Like “Miracle-Gro for the Brain”

Exercise may have both a physiological and developmental impact on children’s brains. Physical mechanisms include:

  • Increased oxygen to the brain that may enhance its ability to learn

  • Alterations to neurotransmitters

  • Structural changes in the central nervous system

Check out this supporting article! 

Now booking for Moving to Math & Science for 2016-2017.

Movement is the KEY.

“In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.” Angela Hanscom

As students listen to the guest artist begin they begin to fidget.  Some students are shushed and other students roll their eyes.  The teachers want the kids to be respectful and sophisticated enough for the main message to come through.  As the students realize that the guest artist is sharing about movement…they pine for more opportunity to join in.  At last some are invited to stand up and wiggle or wave a scarf.  The elephant in the room is ~ WHY HAVEN’T WE ALL BEEN MOVING all along?

Talk therapy, monologues of lessons, car rides daily, entertainment, and homework are all normal activities.  They occur without us calculating the amount of time we spend on them.  In the past few years I’ve encouraged my kids to identify when they are leveraging their bodies or standing with muscular strength.  Because we have become a society of people who sit or stand still for a long period of time we have lost our body’s wisdom.  I’m writing about the somatic wisdom that naturally occurs when we are moving and working with our body.   It is possible to tilt and lean each bone to leverage the body into balance.  When this happens we’re no longer using our muscles.  They weaken and atrophy to the point of mush.  The result is forgotten wisdom. This is a lesson that I often find myself teaching during a personal training session.  YET!! I hadn’t thought about the activity of leveraging and propping students up at their desks to keep them attuned with the words.

Moving with academics is extremely simple to introduce to your class.  Simple warm-up exercises from a fitness video can stimulate childrens’ body, mind, and spirit.  In order to kindle an excitement in any classroom; I’ve created a short list of activities that will help children, parents, teachers, and all students.

WAYS to MOVE with ACADEMICS:

  • Teach yourself and your students to distribute their weight.  Begin in a seated or standing position and practice lifting a bone with the power of the muscle group under it.  For example: Lift the head off the neck.  Lift the arms off the chest.  Lift the tummy off the hips.
  • Take a dance break. Allow yourself and your students channel their inner Napoleon Dynamite.  Nearly every movie is accented with a freestyle dance break.  Let your credits roll and “move it move it” or “minion groove” to My Life.
  • Turn up the creative station. Ask yourself and your students….if I needed to teach this lesson without the use of my voice or any reading…how would I get the message across?  Stand up those students and ask them too.  They will know vertical, horizontal, and perpendicular very quickly if you let them figure out how to show it.

If you would like to turn up the creativity on your own I suggest testing yourself.  Are you leveraging your way through life or are you standing firm in your body, mind, and spirit?  If you would like to see how other great minds, like yours, are figuring this out; check out Science Magazine’s contest, Dance your PhD and the Washington Post article, Why so many kids can’t sit still.

A guest artist is a wonderful place to begin.  There are wonderful dance and physical education standards established for our young people.  Another wonderful task is to adhere to the suggested dosage of exercise recommended by our doctors.  The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular movement three times a week. Any attempt to move will give your life a little something worth fighting for.  I invite you to move more and consistently everyday!

Educating through DANCE demonstrations this month!

If you have ever wondered…”HOW does Kimberly teach ‘THAT’ through dance”…May is the month for you.  There will be 3 opportunities for you to experience my teaching techniques in the classroom.

Wednesday May 16th at 12:20pm at Portage Collaborative Elementary School there will be a Character in Motion Workshop.

Friday May 18th at 2:30pm at Middlebranch Elementary School there will be a Metomorphosis Demostration.

Tuesday May22nd at 11:00am and 1:30pm at The Arts Academy at Summit there will be a Moving to Math Demonstration.

Come see the students SHINE!  Join us for any of the unique experiences with dance.  You will be glad you did!

BIG THANK YOU TO ARTS IN STARK FOR FUNDING THESE AMAZING SmART PROJECTS!

Preparing for Middlebranch Elementary

A kindergarten (from German About this sound Kindergarten (help·info), literally “children’s garden”) is a preschool educational institution for children

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Wednesday morning I will have the privilege of beginning a new school.  The kindergarteners at Middlebranch Elementary School located in Plain Local School District will enjoy learning about Butterfly Metamorphosis through music, dance and visual art. For this project Benjamin Payne offered up a listen to new music he has been writing with Jon Conley (Massillon) and Mike Welsh (Canton).  It sounds exciting and fitting for the vignette performance pieces I’ve choreographed.  So this evening we commenced the recording process of the narration used in the production.

Academic Content Standards I’ll be covering:

  1. Students will invent movement ideas inspired by a stimulus from the music and visual arts disciplines.
  2. Students will connect movement and rhythm by synchronizing movements to rhythm.
  3. Demonstrate reasoning skills when asking and answering questions about their dance experience.
  4. Discuss why dance in a healthy activity.
  5. Living things are different from nonliving things. (Science)
  6. Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival. (Science)

I found it very refreshing to create this evening while the rain began to trickle outside. There is a newness and inspiration that arrives with the study of BUTTERFLY METAMORPHOSIS.  I hope the kids and teaching staff find it as fun and inspiring as I have!

COMPARSA redesigned

This weekend I am re-designing the COMPARSA project that Living Fountain Dance Company did.  The theme of COMPARSA is the metamorphasis of caterpillar to butterfly.   I’m recently contacted about using this theme as a teaching artist at a Plain Local Elementary School.  There is a smidge of time to rethink the project.  I’ve broken it into nine parts.  What is fascinating me the most is the fact that the science of the butterflies emergence from its shelter is a complete miracle that takes place in mystery.  In the original project this mystery was taken for granted.  This time – I’d like to break the process into 2 parts.  It will be fun to put a little uncertainty and secrecy into a piece of art.  I’ve never done that, aside from working with The Magical Theatre Company on Mystery and Mayhem, and it’s time.  I’ll keep you posted and show ya photos when it’s said and done.