Do you want to launch a creative movement class?
Do you need support and renewal as a teacher?
Do you want to become a KCM teacher?
Kids Co-Motion can help you!
Contact KCM to arrange: 212-431-8489 or email@example.com
Training, Consulting, Tele- Mentoring and Review Sheets on useful Topics for qualified individuals
seeking to establish an early childhood creative movement program, problem solving strategies, or
renewal and development of methodology.
A Choreographer’s Approach to Positive Learning and Creative Movement
for Young Children, by Rebecca Kelly, c. 1995
DANCING WITH DELIGHT is a 78-page manual by Rebecca Kelly, co-founder of KIDS CO-MOTION, with a foreword by child psychiatrist Dr. David Brashear, of Thomas Jefferson Universtiy Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. It mixes commentary with anecdotal material, providing an insightful and pragmatic guide for anyone desiring to teach early childhood dance. Conveniently arranged by easy to look up topics.
DANCING WITH DELIGHT is a handy reference for any teacher of young children. Using the laboratory of the dance program, Kelly discusses early learning in the years beyond infancy and before school. She reveals the experiences of families, both good and bad, funny and surprising, and from which a parent or adult will certainly recognize the child under one's own care.
From "crossing the threshold" of the first class, the subjects of making transitions, gaining self-control, dealing with jealousy, aggression, the issues of controlling "Mom," focus skills, setting limits, being friendly, are discussed. A guide called "When Will my Child Leap?" provides information about when you can expect your child to accomplish physical milestones such as the somersault or clapping or skipping. A valuable early childhood suggested reading list is included.
Ms. Kelly takes the reader through the pleasures and challenges of introducing a child to one of its first social groups. She includes examples of adapting to "classroom" challenges, coping with shyness, what constitutes pressure to a parent in class, and deals with biting, hair-pulling, weaning. She describes how the dance class goes beyond vocabulary building. It engages children in physical math, in singing and talking, adapting to a classroom environment. She discusses how to choose an enrichment class suited to your child's temperament.
In this book you will meet the child who loves words, the child who loves movements, the child who is enraptured by symbols, the child who loves other kids, the child who loves the teacher. And you will meet the child who can't come in the door, the child who doesn't participate, the child who must do it in "his/ her unique way." The parent or accompanying adult is guided to notice and rejoice in all the clues to learning in their young child's experiences.
DANCING WITH DELIGHT is available in paperback exclusively by order through Rebecca Kelly Ballet, 579 Broadway, 4B, New York, NY 10012. The manual costs $40, plus shipping and handling.