Synopses & Reviews
Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum: More Than 300 Activities and Games to Make Learning Fun is now out in its' 2nd edition. Movement is the young child's preferred method of learning. This is because when a child physically experiences concepts, they understand them more completely and retain the information longer. Retention has been proven to increase when children's senses are involved in the learning process, and this book provides hundreds of activities that help to teach major concepts in the content areas of art, language arts, math, music, science, and social studies. The domains of child development are completely intertwined in the early years making it important to incorporate them all throughout the learning process. This book will show the early childhood professional how to educate the "whole child", covering all of the domains of child development which include physical, social/emotional, and cognitive. To truly educate the child, they must be recognized as thinking, feeling, moving human beings with the need to experience with all of their senses. Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum, 2e, provides the activities to achieve that level of learning with features including detailed lesson plans, outdoor alternatives, updated resources, and enhanced "curriculum connectors" with additional suggestions for children's literature and music. An ideal resource for the early childhood professional, this book offers everything needed to use movement as a teaching tool.
I like the authors writing style. The presentation of each lesson is also very easy for students to follow. The examples are good. They are very concrete.
The authors writing style is clear and concise in the activities/lessons.
Children are experiential learners, acquiring knowledge through play, experimentation, exploration, and discovery. Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum gives children opportunities to understand concepts and themes common to the major content areas in the way that they learn best - by physically experiencing the concepts. The book's 315 activities and games are organized by the content areas of art, language, mathematics, music, science, and social studies. This is a one of a kind resource for educators who understand movement as a learning tool!
PERFECT FOR CHILDCARE EDUCATORS, CARE GIVERS AND STUDENTS ALIKE, research shows us that the more senses that are involved in the learning process, the greater the amount of information retained. Dr. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences validates learning with the body and its parts. With Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum, children are given the opportunity to physically experience concepts and themes common to the six major content areas of art, language, mathematics, music, science, and social studies. They can, thus, process the concepts using a multimodal approach that ensures greater comprehension and retention.
About the Author
Founder and director of Moving and Learning, Rae Pica is an internationally recognized education consultant specializing in early childhood physical activity. Known for her lively and informative presentations, she has worked with the Sesame Street Research Department, Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, and state health departments throughout the country. She is the author of 17 books, including the three-book MOVING and LEARNING Series, the award-winning GREAT GAMES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, and JUMP INTO LITERACY: ACTIVE LEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS. Ms. Pica also hosts the syndicated podcast, "Body, Mind, and Child," interviewing experts in the fields of early childhood education, motor development/physical education, the neurosciences, and more.
Table of Contents
Section One: Art Unit 1: Spatial Relationships Unit 2:Shape and Size Unit 3: Line Unit 4: Color Unit 5: Texture Section Two: Language Arts Unit 6: Listening Unit 7: Speaking Unit 8: Reading Unit 9: Writing Section Three: Mathematics Unit 10: Quantitative and Positional Concepts Unit 11: Number Awareness and Recognition Unit 12: Counting Unit 13: Basic Geometry Unit 14: Simple Computation Section Four: Music Unit 15: Tempo Unit 16: Volume Unit 17: Staccato and Legato Unit 18: Pitch Unit 19: Mood Unit 20:Rhythm Section Five: Science Unit 21: My Body Unit 22: Hygiene Unit 23: Nutrition Unit 24: Seasons Unit 25: Animals Unit 26: Simple Science Section Six: Social Studies Unit 27: Self-Concept Unit 28: Families and Friends Unit 29: Holidays and Celebrations Unit 30: Occupations Unit 31:Transportation