Movement & Physical Education
Please note: not all classes are offered every session. WLR varies/rotates the schedule based on teacher availability and interests indicated by participating families.
Some classes can be categorized more than one way. For instance Renaissance Arts may be listed under both “Arts & Crafts” as well as “History / Humanities.”
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Eurythmy is an art of movement that supports a holistic approach to education. In particular, it functions to promote mind-body integration, via imaginative story enactment and movement-play. It does this specifically through the performance of movement-gestures that correspond to the sounds of speech and musical tones. In eurythmy, one performs the language of a story, poem, or song by enacting specific movement-gestures that correspond to the sounds one hears in the spoken word and/or to the tones one hears in the music that is played. In turn, this supports a holistic approach to other aspects of language development, including reading and writing.
Eurythmy helps to support the overall health of the child. It also encourages stability in thinking and graceful motor coordination. In this way, eurythmy augments and deepens a holistic approach to education.
Students experience the fun of moving to music through learning, singing and movement games as well as simple folk dances from different cultures.
Math & Movement
There is a deep connection between moving our bodies and mathematical thinking. Using movement to learn math is not only fun, but also an effective pedagogical tool. Through hands-on activities, games, movement and social interaction, students will learn math facts of the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) along with simple concepts from geometry, pattern recognition, and sequencing.
Movement & Form Drawing
Form Drawing helps a child grow into a well-rounded human being, by spelling out the incredible range of visual meaning in the world while making visible the beauty and balance that can live within one’s own life and enhancing communication with the world in its many forms.
Form Drawing introduces the young child to the idea that all shapes and all drawing in the world are derived from two types of lines: straight and curved, or a combination of the two. Students will draw and move free-hand linear forms in rhythmic repetition and practice simple linear patterns and designs. Form Drawing helps improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and aids in the development of handwriting in addition to promoting sensory integration. The movement portion of this class will focus on healthy gross motor skills that facilitate sensory integration and optimization of children’s learning capacities.
When introducing forms, students may walk the form initially, using the entire body; then draw the form in the air with large arm movements. Alternatively, the teacher may use a simple story to engage the students’ imagination to help them discover the essence of the form. For instance, the class might move in a flowing, serpentine, running river-like form. The children experience the different qualities in a playful, imaginative manner and then draw the forms on paper.
Form Drawing supports at least six areas of education: mathematics (geometry, ratios, fractions); physical education (movement, concentration); humanities/history (forms from various cultures in history); science (patterns from nature, observation skills); moral life/character development (by observing difference between ideas such as “upright” and “bent”, etc. – such gesture-meanings originate in the language of the form and help shape the ethical stature of the child); and arts & crafts (many of the forms, patterns, motifs are articulated in handwork, woodwork, metalwork and more).
Physical Movement & Games
Cooperative games are a fun way for children to interact and get exercise. These activities cultivate the children’s capacities in many areas, including: sensory-motor learning, musical comprehension, balance and coordination. Games class incorporates physical education/movement activities with cooperative learning, helping to develop social skills while having fun.
Students will build strength, flexibility, coordination, and focus through poses, breathing and visualization techniques, games and stories. Through yoga, children can learn self-confidence, awareness and control that can be useful in everyday life situations. Basic mindfulness practices will be taught which encourage self-respect and respect for others.
Yoga for Parents & Teens
Sandi Russi, WLR Program Director, is also a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor and E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher). She has been teaching yoga for over 17 years and is the owner of East Sac Yoga which offers classes at 2 convenient locations. All homeschooling parents and teens can enjoy her classes at a 10% discount.