Write Dance in the Early Years : A Pre-Writing Programme for Children 3 To 5

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-11
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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'Write dance is a unique programme with links across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Not only does it help to develop the prerequisite physical skills and co-ordination for writing, it also encourages creativity, self expression and confidence' - Chris Dukes, Early Years Area SencoPraise for the first edition:'A useful resource to have in any early years setting, providing a wealth of information within a very neat and compact book' - Special'The Write Dance materials are wonderfully done. After meeting with Ragnhild a few years ago, I have been using many of these principles in my work with children. The methods definitely work and are definitely needed by today's kids' - Delina Robair, Developmental Child Specialist, USAWrite Dance is an exciting and innovative programme which uses music and movement to introduce handwriting to children. Write Dance movements are designed to help children feel happy and comfortable with their bodies, improving their motor skills and providing a strong foundation for writing.Ranghild A. Oussoren developed the approach in Holland ten years ago and it has gone on to capture the imagination of children and teachers across Europe. In this new edition of Write Dance in the Early Years, practitioners are provided with a package of songs, stories and illustrations, as well as guidance on implementing Write Dance in their early years setting.This book and audio CD introduces the nine themes of the Write Dance approach at the appropriate developmental level for the early years. The programme supports the Be Healthy, Enjoy and Achieve outcome of the Every Child Matters agenda. It also links to the following aspects within the six areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation stage:- Creative Development through imaginative play, music and dance- Physical Development through movement using equipment and materials- Communication, Language and Literacy through handwriting- Personal Social and Emotional Development through increasing self-confidence and self-esteemThis exciting and innovative programme benefits all children, but has also been found very helpful for children with special education needs, from learning difficulties to dyspraxia.

Table of Contents

The Story of a Piece of Paper
What is Write Dance?
Write Dance in the Early Years
Movements in Your Space
Movements on a Scrimbling Surface
Both hands
Experiencing and Emotions
Repetition and Routine
The Scrimbling Area
Materials for the Writing Surface
Scrimbling Materials
Materials for Theme Play
The Role of the Teacher
A working method in Ten Steps
Summary of the Basic Movements
Themes, Stories and Arrangement of the CD
Home Stories
Sandy Hill
The Staircase
The Toy Train
Tickle Tree
Little Water Shute
The Rainbow
Little Sun
Straight, Bent, Cross, Happy
Funfair Stories
My Dinky Car
The Procession
Air Train
Tree & Fairy Lights
Big Water Shute
The Gateway
Dear Sun, Dear Moon
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