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Teaching Children Dance – Variation of Memory Games

In my last post I mentioned a memory game that had the students remember what they saw and to visualize it.  This game is a great game with helping children that have different learning styles other than visual to learn to visualize.  You can expand the game to help other types of learners.

For kinesthetic learners you can allow each student to go up and touch the object. Use all their senses to explore the objects. They can stroke it, squeeze it or smell it, shake it to see if it makes any noises. You can take it a step further and have them tell you what sounds does the object make or what does it do.

For example, if one of the objects is a dog. They can tell you what sound does the dog make. Have they ever seen a dog in real life. Where was the dog, what was it doing.  Allow the other children to add their comments. Asking the children what sound does the object make also includes the auditory learner. Learning in this way makes learning more memorable and relevant because the children have a way of associating it with their lives.

One last way  to help with memory is having children duplicate a beat that you make up. Counting the beats is very helpful and makes it easier to remember. You can also substitute singing in for the beats which involves more of the children’s senses. It helps to put the beats in counts of 3 and repeat that pattern to allow the children to master it.

You can vary the rate of speed, place pauses in between each beat. Clap the beat. Stomp the beat. Beat the beat on an object or the floor or on different body parts. Let your imagination and the imagination of the children soar. Be sure to ask them and get their input. Having them take ownership and be a part of the process will ensure their cooperation and input and makes it a lot more fun for them. This also  alleviates you having to come up with everything and allows the children to utilize their creativity.

These exercises work best for 4 and 5 year old. The beat exercise you can do for younger children from 2 1/2 and up. Try them and see and let me know how they turned out. I look forward to hearing from you.

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