- Practice active listening
- Learn the names of their classmates
- Engage in building a friendly, respectful community
- Develop social skills
- Chart paper
Set Up and Prepare
Write the chant below on a large piece of chart paper:
Marvelous [child's name] makes a move.
What move did marvelous [child's name] make?
Good morning, [child's name].
Hurrah for our class.
Step 1: Begin by inviting children to sit in a circle. Explain that they are going to play a movement game to help them learn each other's names. Ask what needs to be done in order for everyone to be safe and have fun during the game. Suggest that everyone use kind and friendly voices, wait for their turn, be good listeners, and move safely. Practice the chant a few times so children are comfortable with the format.
Step 2: With children standing in a circle, ask for a volunteer to start. Begin by chanting, "Marvelous Olivia makes a move. What move did marvelous Olivia make?" The person whose name is called then makes a movement. The other children will copy that movement and say good morning or hurrah to Olivia. Take turns around the circle until each person has had a turn.
Step 3: Once every child has had a turn, sing the final sentence, "Hurrah for our class," all together with your arms raised in the air.
Remember: Children will participate at their own level. Some will jump and make large movements, while another may simply wave. The purpose of this activity is for them to have fun, build a sense of trust in the group, and learn each other's names. Everybody should feel accepted and respected.
For this lively game, prepare alphabet letter cards on construction paper circles. Arrange the letters randomly around the classroom or in a large space outside. Play some music while children mingle, looking at all the letters. When the music stops, invite each child to stand next to the closest letter. Then invite each child to say the letter's name and the sound it makes. Remind children that they can ask for help if necessary.
Send home a letter explaining that you are integrating movement into learning content areas. Offer the developmental characteristics of children this age to help parents understand the need for movement in their child's daily schedule. Suggest they play Alphabet Tag at home. They can sing the alphabet song in a particular room and look for objects that match the letter sound.
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