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CONNIE'S BLOG:  

Moving Is Learning!

 

Connie has been blogging since 2011. Her posts range from tips for teachers, the benefits of dance, playful class plans, to how to choose a creative dance class for your child, and much, much more! All of her posts are below, starting with the most recently-published ones.

 
 
 
 

Rosie's Wish: A Springtime Dance Story

 

 

 

 Hello, and Happy Spring!  

 

 

 

 

 This 149-word story about Rosie, and her fervent wish to be in the spring dance performance, is my entry in the

 

SPRING FLING WRITING CONTEST! 

 

 

 

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                           ROSIE'S WISH

 

 

     

     I'm so nervous for my audition tomorrow, Rosie mumbles.

 

I need some luck. She touches her four-leaf clover charm. And

 

some practice. 

 


     

     She skips away to change into her rehearsal clothes.

 

 

     

     Rosie dreams of being a flower in the spring recital. After

 

three years of lessons, she's finally old enough.

 

 

 

     My ballet slippers! They're . . . . . GONE! 

 

 


    Barkley, give me my slippers!  The puppy bolts outside.

 

Rosie follows. SPLAT! She lands face-first in a

 

puddle.

 


     

     Rosie finds her slippers buried in the mud.

 

 

 

     My dance clothes are a MESS, and my audition's tomorrow

 

morning, Rosie wails.

 

 

 

 

     She spots a rainbow while she's scrubbing her dance

 

clothes. Maybe that will change my luck.

 

 

 

 

     Rosie's FINALLY ready to practice. Her face lights up when

 

she stands in first position and hears the music's

 

 

 melodic notes. She floats through the familiar dance

 

steps.

 

 


       She smiles. Maybe I don't need luck after all.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep on Dancing!

 

 

Connie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Blog Post for Free Spirit Publishing: 9 Tips for Creating Inclusive Movement Activities

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Guest Blog Post for Free Spirit Publishing: Make Physical Distancing Fun with this SEL and Movement Activity!

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A Collection of Winter and Holiday Movement Activities

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Hello, and Happy Winter!

 

 

 

For this blog post, I have assembled a collection of many of my past posts about winter. They are all published in the SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Editors) 2020 Holiday Activity Guide -- Winter Activities for Grades PreK-Kingergarten, Ages 3-6, where you will find lots of other children's authors' ideas for winter fun.

 

 

By clicking this link, you will find the following winter movement activities:

 

 

Footprints in the Snow: A Movement Exploration Inspired by Winter
Winter provides endless inspiration for imaginative movement ideas. This activity addresses science, nurtures creativity, and encourages large motor skills practice.

 

 

Bird Count Picture Book, with a READ AND DANCE Lesson Plan
Susan Edwards Richmond wrote a beautiful picture book about the Audubon winter bird count, and I have created a playful movement activity about her story.

 

 

Snow Day! Indoor Activities to Supplement Outdoor Play
Playful and lively indoor creative movement activities about winter: Draw and Dance, Indoor Snowballs, Dance and Freeze in Snowflake Shapes.

 

 

A Winter Dance Story: The Most Perfect Snowman
A dance story about the picture book The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt–a lively activity that's perfect for an interactive winter story time.

 

 

 

Christmas Story and Dance Activity: Sparkle the Snowflake
A lively holiday activity, built around an original story about a valiant little snowflake, with simple instructions for retelling the story through dance and music.

 

 

 

 

Keep on Dancing,

 

 

Connie

 

 

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Halloween Poem and Dance Activity

 

 

 Hello, Halloween!

 

 

Here is a lively poem, SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL, that I wrote in honor of Halloween. It accompanies the dance activity below. Have fun grooving at the

     

Skeleton Jamboree and Monster Ball!                

                          

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

 

 

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Here I go, clackety, clop,

I'm gettin' ready for the skeleton hop.

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I'll be gleaming from head to toe.

Shining my bones 'til they sparkle and glow.

 


Cranium, maxillae, mandible bones, 

Humerus, radius, trapezoid bones,

 


Pectoral girdle, scapula bones,

Tarsus, talus, cuneiform bones.

 


Waxing my skull to shine like new,

Wearing my mask and top hat too.

 

 

Look at my pale, unearthly gleam,

Under the moon, I grin and beam.

 


Shake those sacrums and ischiums now,

Rattle and roll, curtsy and bow.

 


Clavicle, vomer, and palatine bones.

Pelvis, ribs and ischium bones,

 

 

Femur, patella, tibia bones.

Phalanges, ulna, cuboid bones

 

 
Shake and shimmy and strut and swing,

Rock and rattle and do our thing.

 

 

Jam and jitterbug, jive and jig.

Move and groove at our jamboree gig!

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Dance Activity
 

 

 Here is your invitation to dance like a monster, a skeleton, or a witch with a broomstick!

 


Imagine you are invited to a monster ball. What monster would you want to be? What would you look like?  What would you be wearing?  Show how you would walk, how you would run, and how you would dance.

 


Now think about all of the other characters at the ball. Let's try moving and dancing like each one.  Here are some ideas, and you will have a chance to think of your own and explore those movements too.  

 

 

(Call out the Halloween characters on the list one by one, and give children plenty of time to explore their movement ideas before moving on to the next prompt. Play any of these musical selections while children dance about the different characters).

 

 

Witch with a broomstick

Zombie

Frankenstein

Skeleton

Ghost

Black cat

Bat

Jack O'Lantern

Spider 

Robot

 What else?  

 

Which was your favorite? Let's do one final dance, so everyone can dance about their very favorite Halloween character!

 


Music suggestions: 

 

 

 

Monster Mash, (Bobby Pickett, 1962)

 

Monster Boogie (Laurie Berkner Band, from the 1998 Album Buzz Buzz)

 

Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky, from Pictures at an Exhibition (any rendition)

 

For very young children: Halloween Shark (Pink Fong Halloween Special) Apple Music

 

 

Keep on Dancing!

 

Connie

 

 

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Sunflower Poem and Dance Story for Young Children

Fall is here!  For today's post, I have created a poem and a dance activity inspired by the beautiful sunflower.  

 

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Connie Leads a Thirty-Minute Romp Through the Alphabet!

Hello!

 

 

I was invited by Kids & Company, of Toronto, Canada, to lead a thirty-minute video movement session for young children in May. Kids & Company requested a presentation that would get children up and moving while spending more time indoors during the Covid quarantine. 

 

I thought it would be fun to create a short activity for each letter of the alphabet. I devised 26 movement prompts that children and families can do together. This creative movement session will definitely use a lot of that great kid energy!

 

 

Read Post Here: DANCE THE ALPHABET! 

 

 

For more ideas about movement, the alphabet, and early literacy, check out my picture book

 

From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and Play

 

Keep on Dancing, Everyone!

 

Connie

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Guest Blog Post for Redleaf Press: Video Call Dance Party: Dancing, Singing, and Learning Together!

Stay connected with family and friends with a virtual dance party! A guest blog post for Redleaf Press, in the time of Covid.  

 

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An Alphabet of Learning, Movement and Fun! Picture Book Review by Kerry Aradhya

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Movement Activities for Teaching Listening Skills*

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*Named one of Free Spirit Publishing's Top 20 Blog Posts of 2020!

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