Move to Learn

Joye Newman and Miriam P. Feinberg’s award-winning book offers ways to get young children moving in six curriculum areas.

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Move to Learn

Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum (Gryphon House, 2015)

When we imagine happy young children, we picture exuberant and unbridled movement. Movement is not only natural, but it is also necessary for optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.

To help early childhood educators incorporate movement into teaching, Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, published Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum. Co-authored by Joye Newman, MA, and Miriam P. Feinberg, PhD, Move to Learn helps educators easily turn their classrooms into environments that encourage movement activities throughout the early childhood curricula, including: Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Creative Representation, Social Skills.

Most activities are listed in order of difficulty, so choosing the right one for your class is easy! Regardless of the number of children, the physical size of your classroom, or the quality or quantity of equipment available to you, the ideas in Move to Learn are flexible enough to get every classroom moving.

“Movement activities experienced in early childhood build the stepping stones for all future learning. A child who is comfortable in his or her body greets the world with confidence and curiosity,” said Newman. “The early childhood classroom is the ideal setting for integrating movement into learning.”

Readers of Move to Learn will receive numerous recommendations for getting children to move. For instance, in the “Language and Literacy” chapter, children can act out the characters of classic books, such as Goodnight Moon. Hearing the story, a child can be skittering like the mouse, moving quietly like the old lady, or making his body look like a chair.

My first thought when leafing through this book was, “Wow! I wish I’d had this when my own kids were preschoolers!”

Barbara Leyne, Grade 1 Teacher and blogger at Grade ONEderful.

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