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Walking on the Line

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Material

An ellipse on the classroom floor (usually made out of electrical tape).

Presentation

  1. Invite the children to the lesson.
  2. Show each child where to stand near the line.
  3. Explain that you are going to show them how to walk on the line.
  4. Slowly and carefully start to walk on the line.
  5. Demonstrate the precision of your movements.
  6. As you go around, invite once child to join you on the line.
  7. Mention to the children that you have to keep space between yourself and others so as not to bump into them.
  8. Invite an additional child when appropriate until all children are walking on the line.
  9. Let the children keep doing this for as long as they like.
  10. Tell the children that they may do this on their own or with others.

As the children get older and gain a better control of movement, introduce different forms of walking.

  1. Invite the children to the lesson.
  2. Ask each child to stand near the line.
  3. Explain that you are going to show them a new way to walk on the line.
  4. Start walking on the line.
  5. With each step, touch your front foot’s heel to your rear foot’s toes.
  6. As you go around, invite one child at a time to join you on the line.
  7. Remind the children to keep space between one another.

Introduce the children who have mastered the previous two exercises to carrying objects while they walk.

  1. Invite the children to the lesson.
  2. Ask each child to stand near the line.
  3. Explain that you are going to show them a new exciting challenge for walking on the line.
  4. Pick a flag and take it with you back to the line.
  5. Hold the object in your dominant hand.
  6. Reach your dominant arm out in front of you.
  7. Hold the flag in this position nice and still as you walk on the line.
  8. Ask the children one at a time to choose a flag and join you on the line.
  9. Remind the children to keep space between one another.

Exercise

Exercise 1, Same as presentation.
Exercise 2, Heel to Toe
Exercise 3, Carrying an Object.

Points of Interest

Not bumping into others, staying on the line, not losing balance of body or of the object.

Purpose

Control of movement, equilibrium, grace and ease of walking, promoting peace and inner calm.

Age

2 1/2 to 4 for controlling movement, 4 1/2 to 6 for equilibrium and rhythmic activities.

Notes

Whether to wear shoes or not.
Encourage them to look up rather than down.
Never put a rug or work on the line itself.
Do not sit on the line.
Add additional challenges such as holding a glass of water while walking.
Playing different types of music for different types of walking opens up a lot of new possibilities such as marching and various styles of dancing.

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