Movement Education Essay examples

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“Movement is as natural and essential to young children’s lives as loving care, rest and nutrition. Movement provides children with an outlet for expression, creativity, and discovery. Through movement, children learn about themselves, their environment, and others. Movement is a stimulus for physical growth and development. The joy of movement is a child’s expression of an emotional need fulfilled.” (Curtis)
The movement education teaching model, its historical development, its concepts and core activities will be discussed in this essay. Furthermore, the general objectives of movement education, the detailed objectives within physical education programs and the applicable teaching methods will be outlined and explained.
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The movement concepts established by Stanley, Logsdon and their colleagues build the core of the movement education framework.
The concepts of movement education: body, space, effort and relationship are explained in numerous publications. Karen Weiller Abels and Jennifer M. Bridges use the roots of a tree to symbolize concepts and concept relationships. Abels and Bridges set the body equal to the most center root of a tree, because the body represents the instrument of the action. The body concept is considered the core concept. From the day we are born, we discover our bodies and what our bodies can do. For example, we learn how to bend our arms, stretch our legs, and twist our wrists. The body concept enables children to learn about body shapes during activities, whole body action, roles of body parts in action, and activities of the body. Children use non-locomotor, locomoter and manipulative activities to explore the body’s possibilities.
The second and third movement concepts are space (spatial concept) and effort. Abels and Bridges state that: “The space and effort roots surround the center taproot, creating more stability for the tree to grow taller and begin to expand in breadth.” Two terms are closely related to the spatial concept, personal space and general space. The personal space refers to the area that we occupy. Using our own space effectively and efficiently becomes the…

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