Friday, January 27, 2012

EDU 355 Lab 2

1. Explain why exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups have to be modified for kindergarten and first grade students in the DVL 1 group. Sit-ups and push-ups have to be modified because the students do not have the physical and core strength to accomplish these exercises. Always modifying these exercise can make doing exercises like a sit-up more enjoyable if you add a song to it.

2. Why is rhythmic activity important for young children? Rhythmic activity is important because it is a different way to get the children moving and active that can be fun and interesting. Dancing, zumba and singing can be fun to do and you do not have to be talented at either in order to do it. Incorporating a variety of activities, including rhythmic activity is important for the child's overall development.

3. Define laterality and explain why tracing giant letters helps reinforce cognitive learning. Laterality means developing dominance on one side of the body. Tracing giant letters helps cognitive learning because the student is learning the letters in multiple different ways. They can see them, trace them with their fingers and hear the letters as well. Some people are auditory learners, some of visual and others are kinesthetic. Everyone learns just a bit different than another but combining at three different types in the tracing of giant letters helps to learn the letters and think cognitively.

4. Why are educators concerned about young children not being able to keep an internal beat. Educators are concerned because students are unable to excel in certain areas like dance, playing musical instruments and music in general. All music has a beat in it and following along with that beat can be difficult. Music can be a very enjoyable thing and there are a variety of different activities that can be done, as well as just sitting down and listening to it.

5. Define homo-lateral and cross lateral movements. Homo-lateral means the same side of the body while cross lateral means using both sides are crossing from one to the other. An example of a homo lateral movement would be a quad stretch in which you hold the toe of your foot behind your body, bending at the knee. An example of a cross lateral movement would be marching and when you raise your leg tap it with the opposite arm. So right leg is tapped by left hand and so on.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tom,
    Great reflection. Can you think more specifically of reasons why it would be a concern if children can't find their internal beat?