How to Design Preschool Movement Programs

by Ashley K. Fratello

    In a world of television, computers and video games, encouraging children to exercise and use their body can be a challenge. The preschool age is the perfect time to introduce your child to the joy of movement. Designing a preschool movement program is not only a great way to teach your child about moving and grooving, but can also build social skills by introducing her to new friends. Plus, it gives you the chance to forgo that wretched treadmill and spend some quality time with your kiddo.

    Items you will need

    • Movement equipment
    • Upbeat music
    • Advertisement flyers
    Step 1

    Decide on a location for your movement program. The venue should be a large size to safely accommodate your class, and free of any hazards that would cause injury or distraction.

    Step 2

    Design a curriculum for your classes. To better organize your program, it is easier to have a long-term plan with objectives for your lessons. One week can focus on gross motor skills, such as running, skipping and hopping. Another week can be geared towards dancing and creative movement. Other ideas to consider are obstacle courses, sports, races and stretching.

    Step 3

    Research age-appropriate equipment to correspond with your lessons. Mats, parachutes, hula hoops, foam balls, traffic cones and dancing scarves are items that can enhance your program, as well as make it more enjoyable for participants. You can also include upbeat music to play during your games and lessons. If you are looking for a way to remain cost-efficient, consider making your own materials. You can also ask for donations from physical education departments at local schools that are looking to upgrade their own equipment.

    Step 4

    Generate interest by advertising to the community. After you have decided on a schedule, price and your lesson plans, spread the word by taking out ads in local newspapers or dropping off flyers at preschools. Social media is also a quick, effective and free way to promote your program.

    Tips

    • Consider recruiting a friend to help you teach your lessons. Having two adults in the room will help the children and parents feel more comfortable in participating.
    • Invite the families to join in on the fun. Seeing parents, siblings or grandparents enjoying the lessons will encourage young ones to take part in learning.

    Warning

    • Keep a flexible mind when it comes to lesson content. If something is not working, don't force the children into learning. Instead, have a back-up plan that everyone can enjoy. You can always try again next week.

    References

    • Designing Preschool Movement Programs; Stephen W. Sanders
    • Step By Step: A Complete Movement Education Curriculum; Sheila Kogan
    • Music and Movement in the Classroom; Greg & Steve

    About the Author

    Ashley K. Fratello is a writer, parent blogger and a certified teacher in New York. She has a master's degree in elementary education and early childhood education from Medaille College, as well as a bachelor's degree in music and theater from Buffalo State College. Fratello has also worked as an education specialist with ages birth to 12 years old.

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