Tots (creative movement)
45 minutes once a week for children 3 years old by the end of August or
turning 4 during the school year. $58 per month.
In our Tiny Tots class, we begin with a circle warm-up. Each student chooses a carpet square and baby doll. This is not just warming up the body but also allows students to participate and share as well as provides grounding for this active age group. One example of sharing would be doing our mermaid stretch and allowing the students, one a time, to add a color or detail to their mermaid "tail". Any little simple sharing makes students feel important, in control, and part of a team. Circle warm-up is also about taking turns, being patient, following direction, etc....all extremely important lessons for any preschooler. The warm-up remains the same throughout the year as young students like consistency and repetition.
Before we leave the circle, we do some type of cardio dance in and around the circle, typically a different one every month or whenever they have mastered it. Next, students are responsible for putting their mat and doll away. They are also prompted where in the room to go for the next exercise.
We then work on locomotor skills (walk, march, jump, hop, gallop, skip, tippy toe walk, chasse, etc.) and different patterns (circle, diagonal, rows, columns, figure 8, etc.). This may be done one a time, in pairs, trios, or all together. We just get moving!
We will also perform at least one creative movement song in every class - that is to say, we act out a story or idea. Example, when we visit the Magical Forest, we are dancers tip toeing as to not wake the animals, we gallop with the Unicorn, leap over the river, smell the flowers, fly with the birds, etc. The possibilities are endless, and this age group's imagination is magical.
The first class of each month (starting in October), after circle time, we do a simple, beginner tumbling and obstacle course lesson. This especially helps develop upper body and core strength as well as coordination.
The last class of every month (also starting in October), families are invited to come in and observe.