A Resource for Nurturing Balance, Movement and the Senses
by Donna Simmons
A treasure trove of ideas, activities, songs & movement games.
This book is not simply another collection of verses, songs and movement exercises. Compiled in the hope of preventing and even possibly correcting challenges a child might have with sensory integration, movement, coordination or other related faculties, this book is a treasure trove of ideas on how to sensitively nurture - not overstimulate - the child's senses and to bring healthy activity to him or her every day.
A huge part of preventing and/or addressing such challenges falls to us as parents. The environment we create for our children, how we parent, choices we make about toys, play and the media all influence our children's development. This book helps pinpoint key elements for parents to consider in the lives of their children from birth to about 9 years of age.
Any parent wishing to bring a more healthy and joyous approach to learning will find plenty here!
The book covers birth to about 9 years old and is also suitable for parents with older children who need to "make up ground". This book is also useful for those working with groups of children, whether homeschoolers or not.
Please note: Whilst being essential for early years, this book remains an integral part of the Christopherus Curriculum for 1st through 3rd grade. It is a component of the Christopherus Early Years Package and the First Grade Curriculum Package.
- Songs (many with music), verses, fingerplays, math activities and movement exercises;
- Ideas for nurturing the senses of touch, warmth, balance, listening and smell;
- A Waldorf-inspired backyard assault course;
- Highlights of parenting, birth through 9 years;
- Ideas for games with groups of children.
Donna Addresses How To Work With The Senses
Joyful Movement is a wonderful book written for us for first through third graders. .. Donna’s wisdom rings true and comes across clearly as usual… She addresses the senses and how to work with them, calming down a child, getting them into their bodies (a subject close to my heart), hand dominance, math, nature and gardening. Then comes the verses, songs and finger plays organized by time of day, sleep, baking, counting, seasons, fantasy, tongue twisters, and even a chapter on groups of children. I have found the book to be very important for developing circle time activities for my first grader. We do lots of stomping, hopping, jumping, play leap frog to help him get into his body to overcome a slight speech problem (which is pretty much gone now). He is learning clapping games, songs (and he hates to sing, but loves these songs). My 10 year old enjoys circle time too! Oh, and due to this book I am working on teaching both of my children to skip, a lost art as Donna calls it!
I highly recommend Donna’s latest book……it’s been invaluable for us.
But, I think the most important page in the book is that Donna addresses GUILT! I think the hardest thing for me with Waldorf is all the information I have, the books, the workshops, the songs, emails, etc., etc. where I read what is “supposed” to happen. But it never happens quite that way at my house, and I feel guilty. Seeing someone deep within Waldorf address that we don’t need to feel guilty for what we have or haven’t done is so refreshing……something I think we all need! Don’t waste time feeling guilty, just move forward from where you are!