Thursday, August 4, 2011

One, Two, What Can I Do? - A Book Review

About The Book:

Keep the day moving with 109 playful dance activities, each providing children with opportunities to exercise, practice and improve age-appropriate large motor skills, and develop body awareness and control. Enhance children's physical, social and emotional, and kinesthetic learning with movement activities while creating structure throughout your day, including greetings and goodbyes, group time, transitions, and quiet time. Accessible and adaptable for all children, including those with special needs or different learning styles, each dance-and-music pairing is irresistibly fun. An accompanying music CD is included with 42 tracks written and performed by Debbie ClementAge focus: 3-6.

About The Author:

Connie Bergstein Dow has more than thirty years of experience performing and teaching dance to young children in the United States and Latin America. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan.


My Review:

I am so excited to let you know about a fantastic resource from my friends at Redleaf Press. If you are an Early Childhood Educator, Family Child Care Provider, Homeschooler or Early Elementary Teacher you will love this book, to complement your music and movement programs.

Complete with a two CD set, featuring all the songs in the book, you will find some amazing activities that will have your children jumping and moving in no time flat. One, Two, What Can I Do? is set up into seven, color coded sections, each with at least ten activities.

1. Start The Day With Dance and Music (Purple)
2. Around The Circle (Light Blue)
3. Transitions - Going From Here To There (Light Green)
4. Group Movement Explorations (Red)
5. Locomotion - Large Motor Skill Activities (Dark Green)
6. Quiet Down and Say Good-bye (Dark Blue)
7. Dance and Music Presentation Jump-Starts (Orange)

My favorite section was Group Movement Explorations as it incorporates four learning areas - language and literacy; numbers, shapes and patterns; science and social studies. The book is LOADED with fun and easy to implement activities for all children. Each activity is two pages long and gives you all the details you need to get your children moving and having fun! Each activity also gives you ideas for modification, perfect if you have children with special needs or a mixed age group. The songs on the two CD's are super cute, very catchy and easy to learn, especially because you can go here, and find a download of the lyrics!

Again, if you work with children ages 3-6, and are looking for a fun resource to add to your music and movement curriculum, I highly recommend One, Two, What Can I Do? by Connie Bergstein Dow!

I give this product a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase One, Two, What Can I Do? online here, from Redleaf Press.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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