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Nature as a stimulus for danes – the integration of creative movement into the first age period

Eva Brajer (2018) Nature as a stimulus for danes – the integration of creative movement into the first age period. Diploma thesis.

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    Child’s primary need and primal communication is the move. The adults have to enable as many interesting incentives as possible for the child to express, research, discover, validate, develop integrally, build positive mutual relations, and experience all that as a play, through the move. In the process, we have to let them the freedom to develop their unlimited imagination and creativity. In the bachelor’s thesis, I wished to research a method of work in the kindergarten which was new to me, its usefulness with children, and positive effects which it brings. In the theoretical part, I focused on the definition of the creative move, its goals and the significance of dance for the child’s integral development, and the elements of dance education until the age of three. I also described the elements and methods of dance, incentives which can help us at work, how we can connect dance with other fields of the curriculum, mostly nature, and what influence relaxation has on children and why it is an important element in our everyday life. In the empirical part, I present the process of performing the dancing activities with two to three years old children from the group Balls in the Šentvid Kindergarten, the unit Little Ant. Together, we performed eleven dancing activities where we were learning about nature, weather phenomena, changes in the environment, and animals and their movement. I drew the incentives from the literature and derived from the children who were active participants in the process. They expressed themselves through movement and represented the moves where they were free and left to their imagination. In the process, they developed their own creativity, originality, strengthened mutual relationships and their confidence and learned a lot of new things while playing. During the performance of such activities, I noticed a strong need for freedom among children and asserting their own imagination and creativity which they showed with enthusiasm and curiosity before every activity.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: creative move, creativity, movement, kindergarten, nature, freedom, play
    Number of Pages: 50
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Vesna GeršakMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12206665
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5475
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 11:11
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 11:11
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5475

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