Movement and dance is fundamental in supporting the development and learning of young children. It helps them focus and engage in learning; foster and apply their kinesthetic intelligence; understand concepts and themes; develop and enhance higher level thinking skills; communicate in distinctive ways; acquire appreciation for the arts and artistic expression of others; master spatial awareness; develop and affirm their self identity and self esteem; and learn to collaborate.
Movement and Dance takes place on Fridays at the Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Each class has a 30 minute session.
The program’s goals are informed by Early Childhood Dance Education Benchmarks that aim toward competency in the following areas:
- Physical: Self-control, refinement of gross motor skills; development of fine motor skills; and understanding of the relationship between one’s body and the space around oneself.
- Social/Affective: Listening; responding; taking turns and working cooperatively.
- Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, identifying, differentiating and sequencing movements.
- Aesthetic: Choosing and expressing preference for dance movements.