Heck, I have a ball doing them, too Review by C Bullard, Raleigh, NC, on Amazon:
My preschooler loves to move around and these activities help me give her focused ways to use her energy. She learns as the activities spark dialogue. Her little brother loves to join in, too. Highly recommend.
QUE BELLEZA DE LIBROOOOO!!! GRACIAS. Norah Parissi, Dance Educator
It is not only beautiful to the eye and to the heart; it is very knowledgeable of early childhood development and how to attend to those needs through movement. I love the structure and the progression, and that the instructions to the teacher are very clear and gentle. They tend to get discouraged very easily but you make it easy and fun for all the participants. Great job!!
Very nice, August 25, 2008, Review on Amazon by K Dicosimo
This book really provided some great ideas for the active play/gross motor part of my family day care program.
Great focus on our youngest!, March 9, 2007, Review on Amazon by Laurence E. Hallas
"Easy to read, step-by-step instructions for 38 lessons. The author lays it out in a very clear style. Quickly learned, easily grasped"
Good Gift for Parents, December 15, 2006, Review on Amazon by Martha Marcom: "I've given this book to a dance teacher and also to moms of preschoolers. It really sparks fun and creativity. Each class is beautifully planned and includes more options to explore. But in addition to the wonderful individual dancing classes, you are given a grasp of the whole set of skill sets around movement and body awareness and socialization that can be offered to children. This book would be perfect for home-schoolers and anyone who works with young children."
Everything a Teacher Needs to Know, October 3, 2006,: Review on Amazon by Kitty Black
"Having taught kindergarten for over 27 years I wondered if I needed to purchase this book. WOW! - Was I surprised! This book includes everything a teacher would need to know. It puts in writing the reasons for the activities, centering on the child. I look forward to using this book as a teaching tool in my classes. "
"Meets Head Start early childhood learning standards" Review from Neat Solutions: Thirty-eight creative movement lessons built around curriculum themes, such as animals, seasons, colors, and shapes, fill these pages as a way to build large and fine motor skills, social skills (listening, following directions), and cognitive skills (reasoning, persistence). With little more than music and space, these exercises can be implemented into any curriculum as a way to encourage children to learn with their bodies! Includes introductory lessons on teaching basic movement skills
"Fun, effective, thoroughly 'kid friendly'", May 9, 2007 Review from the Midwest Book Review:
Drawing upon her more than thirty years of professional experience in performing and teaching dance to young children, Connie Bergstein Dow presents "Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn!", a compendium of thirty-eight creative and fun movement lessons that will help kindergarten-aged children build their large and fine motor skills while supporting emergent skill development that includes their social skills, physical abilities, cognitive skills, and readiness for introductions to literacy, math and science within a classroom setting. Fun, effective, thoroughly 'kid friendly', and a welcome addition to preschool, early childhood, and kindergarten programs, "Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn!" highly recommended for parents, daycare workers, classroom teachers, and home schoolers.
"A favorite resource for preschool musical activities" Review from Musical Tapestry:
The Early Childhood Music & Movement Association- a professional organization that supports the field of early childhood music and movement through education, advocacy, and networking- recommended Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! as an important movement and music resource for teachers.
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"New resource materials to help strengthen children's physical health" January 2008 Review from the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (eccdc.org)
"Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn: Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers" With childhood obesity rates rising, there is an increasing interest and need to weave a greater number of movement activities into preschool curriculum. Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn is arranged to provide early learning and child care providers with an easy, accessible way to use children's natural love of movement in planning enriching movement activities." from the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.
Featured book. Parentbooks: Listed as a featured book on their website in the category of Preschool and Early Childhood Education. Parentbooks has been serving families and professionals in Canada and around the world since 1986.
"Develop your own skills in leading creative movement" August 2007 Lady Gowrie Resource Centre (Australia)
"No one has to tell early childhood professionals how much children love and need to move... this is a resource that will help you capture this interest, develop your own skills in leading creative movement experiences and enrich your program. There are 38 creative movement sessions included in this text, themed around children's common interests such as animals, seasons, colours, and shapes. Directions for music and props and background information in teaching basic movement skills are included"