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When considering the letter "W" for an Alphabet Dance, I immediately thought of Wind.  There have been some insanely windy days out here lately, and with our lack of trees and buildings, we feel it in all it's glory.  
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While it is common for the wind to be gusting up to 70km/hour or more these days, yesterday was a little calmer at only 40km, and with the temperature hovering around 0 degrees Celcius (instead of the -30C's of a couple weeks ago -ugh), I bundled the kids up and took them out to dance like the wind.  
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I encouraged them to close their eyes and listen, to hear what the wind sounded like as it blew through our winter trees, and we copied the sounds with our voices.  Next we looked to see how the wind moved in the trees and imitated the waving and wobbling branches.  Using different body parts, we waved our arms and legs, and whole bodies like trees in the wind.  
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Yummy found it especially helpful to hold a fallen tree branch to inspire herself.  
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The kids are well aware of what the wind is capable of, and how strongly it can blow, so they were eager to race around wildly like leaves in a wild wind.  I held Dooter and we twirled around quickly like spinning leaves.   
We talked about weight, how light objects like leaves can blow high and quickly, while heavy objects, like our patio chairs don't always move in the wind (though the other day one blew away down our driveway in a wild gust of wind!), but if they do, they often tip over and drag along the ground instead of flying like leaves.  We experimented with both kinds of weighted movement: light and heavy.  
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What is the weather like where you live?  Wild, like ours?  Or beautifully calm?  I'd love to hear how the weather inspires your own dance experiences!

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This activity explores these Elements of Dance:
  1. Body: parts (arms, legs, and whole bodies)
  2. Weight: light and heavy
  3. Movement: Locomotor (run, leap); Non-locomotor (twirl, wobble, wave, spin, sway, turn)

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1/27/2014 10:54:45 am

Thank you for sharing on our FB page today! We love the alphabet dance!! And W for wind is perfect!! Such a great use of motor skills combined with lots of learning. I hope that you stay warm and that you don't blow away!! It SO not balmy here....-23* wind chill. UGH!!

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1/28/2014 04:09:55 am

Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! I'm sorry to hear it is cold for you too -I am so ready for Spring!! Glad you enjoy the alphabet dances!

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