Objective: Children will explore balance and spatial relationships using bean bags.
Movement is necessary for children to be active learners. Our bodies have built-in messengers that send and receive signals from the brain. These messengers work harder when we exercise. Our brains control our bodies, and different parts of the brain keep each other aware of what they are doing. When we participate in movement activities, our brains make our whole bodies become instruments of learning.
Our bodies have special sense receptors that provide our balance. Balance is the result of many of our body systems working together. Our eyes, ears, and our spatial awareness need work together to help us maintain our balance. When our balance is interrupted, we become dizzy or lightheaded.
Some children may have difficulty staying on the tape. You could make the line wider by placing a second length of tape directly next to one of the lines to make it easier for those children to feel successful.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.