Creative movement can be defined as movement that indicates the inner nature of a child. The encouragement of children to explore this movement using music encourages the development of physical skills, channeling energy in a healthy way and nurtures their creativity. Creative movement class is one of the few activities that offers children a non-competitive environment providing experiences that strengthens every area of learning. The skills developed in class are useful for children when headed back into the classroom for the fall.
Creative movement class strengthens a child’s imagination and enables them to experience the beauty of life with a greater meaning. Their visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile senses are engaged as they learn about their body and the space around them.
Classes encourage new and beneficial social encounters with their class. Children have the ability to recognize their own uniqueness, as well as the individuals around them. Not only are students sharing a physical space and moving together, but are learning the many different responses to different movement ideas. Students are able to experience participating in a group and engage in defining oneself and their confidence within the classroom.
The brain’s right hemisphere is stimulated through music and creativity, where as the left hemisphere is responsible for the sequential and logical skills that are used in creative movement. Both sides of the brain are engaged during creative movement class that helps to increase memory and communication skills.
Motor and rhythmic skills, strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance flourish when children are given the opportunity to practice them
Children are introduced to concentration and must determine when it is appropriate to move in certain situations. Not only are they practicing respecting the space of others, but respecting the differences of those around them. Self-esteem is increased and children are empowered by their own competence when they successfully participate and their contributions are valued.
Creative movement can be encouraged by any adult, not just in the classroom, but throughout the day. Both boys and girls of any age, as well as children with communication, sensory, development, or physical challenges. Skills that are learned and developed in creative movement classes are beneficial for children in the classroom setting. These skills include having the confidence to speak or present in front of a group, memorizing new terms or vocabulary with less difficulty, and applying rhythm and counting to learn difficult math concepts.