Dynamic Play and Creative Movement: Powering Body and Brain

Dynamic Play and Creative Movement: Powering Body and Brain

Dynamic Play and Creative Movement offers accessible methods to enliven and enrich education for young children from ages four to eleven using imaginary, movement and improvisation.

Preschool and elementary grade teachers will find the material directly usable in their classrooms to foster creativity and cognitive understanding in children.

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About the Book

Children have been obtaining what they need since infancy, Peck explains, through their natural assets—physical energy, imagination, and self-expression—traits recognized by parents as much to their aggravation as delight. How to use those assets effectively to make learning the joyful lifelong endeavor it was meant to be is the subject of the book, supported by ground-breaking research on brain activity related to physical movement. Endorsed by prominent educators, the book’s content holds scores of ideas and activities directly useful to teachers in the elementary grade classrooms and adaptable for preschool as well.

Genres: Art Education, Dance and movement, elementary school, Parenting
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Year: 2023
ISBN: 9781032184944
List Price: 39.95
"Dancers and footballers have to move to think. They think by moving. And so do children. In this much needed antidote to sedentary education, Judith Peck guides us skillfully through the research behind this claim, and the many benefits which movement bestows on children's intellectual as well as physical development. So, teachers, get moving!"
– Guy Claxton, author of Intelligence in the Flesh.
This book is timely, enlivening, and creative. It will show teachers, parents, school administrators, school boards, and those who teach teachers how a classroom can come alive— even as deeper learning becomes accessible. This is indeed exciting.
– Beate Becker, MA, MS, BC-DMT, PA, CMA, SEP, LMHC
I believe this book to be on the leading edge of a growing field—of dance or movement therapy—which can serve important needs for post-secondary faculty teaching education and special education courses. Elementary school teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals, clinicians, and special education teachers looking to add these action-oriented concepts and methods into their curricula and classrooms would benefit, as well as parents hoping to stimulate maximum brain development in their children.
– Mary C. Starke, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Judith Peck beautifully brings to life the inherent qualities in all children: energy, imagination, movement and creativity. The mind is never independent of the physical body. In this book Judith demonstrates how movement and creative expression are essential for learning and brain development.
– Jean Seibel, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT, Psychotherapist/Dance/Movement Therapist Visiting Professor Pratt Institute Graduate Dance Therapy Program