For teachers of Grades K–4
For up to 30 teachers
Many young students only learn to recognize shapes in isolation, and in base orientation. When shapes are combined, flipped, or rotated, many children can no longer recognize them! However, when young students learn to construct and manipulate shapes with their bodies, their spatial reasoning skills are dramatically enhanced. Connecting creative movement to visual understanding adds a powerful new dimension to the study of geometry. In this workshop, teachers learn to lead the creative movement story, Meet the Shape Family. This story takes young children on a step-by-step journey through lines, angles, shapes, shape transformations, composite shapes, and 3-dimensional shapes. During this joyful experience, children move, create, and collaborate with partners and in small groups. Children extend their thinking when they identify and draw complex shapes in the world around them. for older students, they will learn to master lines (orientations and relationships), angles, hierarchy and classification of shapes, side/angle relationships, area and perimeter, and 3-dimensional shapes (vertices, edges, and faces).
MARCIA DAFT is known for creating original instructional methods for teaching music as well as integrating music and movement into other areas of the curriculum. Her work has been used in classrooms throughout the United States for fifteen years. Ms. Daft is a national workshop leader for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and a consultant for arts institutions throughout the U.S. She has developed museum exhibitions, broadcast programs, and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has also written over twenty children's educational books for both the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft holds a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in music from the University of Chicago, and studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and performs as part of the duo-piano team Le Quattro Mani.