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Archive for April, 2009

Spring is here!

rowan and chickWe recently adopted three chicks and are enjoying imitating their sweet mannerisms such as pecking, peeping, waddling, and flying to the song “Run, Run!” by Octavio Pinto.  There are so many wonderful movement activities to do with children in Spring.  I love using scarves to explore a seed’s journey from the dark cold earth into a beautiful flower, or a caterpillar spinning a cacoon and transforming into a colorful butterfly.   Classical music is a wonderful resource to accompany movement.  I enjoy bringing out Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring concerto from The Four Seasons and act out the many forms of the season with my children.  On the main chorus of the song we imagine we are on a walk in the woods enjoying all the signs of spring.  As the verses come we fly like birds, move like a stream, blow like a storm, shine like the sun, and grow like a flower.  Sometimes I have the children draw out the parts of the song according to what they imagine to be happening.  Happy Spring!

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