Movement cues are simple keywords that supports proper execution of fundamental movement skills. Just like how we write stories, the keywords involve time and sequence necessary for smooth and safe execution.
Movement cues should be used across different grade levels. This good teaching technique will give practice retrieval opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of how these skills are developed over time.
After the initial demonstration and practices, teachers can encourage the natural flow of body movements through music. Accents, speed (tempo), or dynamics of the music often guide one to move appropriately. In the early years, response to music can be instinctive or for some may need more time for familiarization, explicit teaching of listening cues to support not only the flow of movements but coordination as well.
Specific types of music can serve its purpose when teachers:
1. Take the time to choose and
2. Prepare and practice along before presenting to the students
Here are some video demonstration of how these fundamental movements are coordinated with the rhythm of the music. Take note that moving to the music would require some mastery of the skill before coordination sets in.
For early years, children would benefit from explicit teaching of these movements so that strong connections are established during the exploration phase. Mastery is not the end goal of this early phase. Consistent practices would be beneficial to skills development.
It's best to plan and select carefully the music (MUSIC and MOVEMENT PLAYLIST) that you will need to encourage these movements and promote engagement among our students.