Up Down & All Around

Connecting to Literacy & Math

Integrated Movement and Literacy

A kindergarten class was assigned to write about one of their favorite movement lessons with Stacey Schwartz. They illustrated their movement experiences and then verbalized it to the teacher. Click any of the images below to see how vividly the kids expressed themselves.

Literacy Artist #1Literacy Artist #2

Bending Arms

Big Dragon Race

Literacy Artist #3Literacy Artist #4

Upper and Lower Case

More Dragon Space


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How does purchasing this movement DVD help improve literacy?

Bonus material on this DVD focuses on creating your own movement phrases. The students pick different directions, steps and numbers out of three corresponding bags. They then put the elements together to create a short movement creation with a beginning, middle and end. Stories are written the same way: an opening paragraph, the middle paragraph supporting the idea and then the ending or concluding paragraph. Creating movement phrases can be a useful a tool for kids to kinesthetically experience a sequence of events.

Anytime you are asking a child to remember a sequence of movements or to create their own sequence they are embodying story making.

How does someone move in a mathematical way?

You can create geometrical shapes. Angles, curves and straight lines are created when you make shapes with your body. You can create symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. You can move through the space and be equidistant to another person.

Counting is another mathematical concept that is easily applied to movement. In the DVD, we count the number of times we march, jump, run, and hop. You could also do this exercise by increasing or decreasing the numbers as you go. For example, one jump, two hops, three marches, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Check out the Create-a-Dance in the download section to move by even numbers and create your own dance!


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