Teaching Rhythmic Movement to Children: "Chock-Let Pie"
Teaching Elementary Physical Education
Issue Number 5
It is doubtful that any teacher would question the value of rhythmic movement in a physical education program. The benefits of being able to move rhythmically and to keep a beat are numerous. First, children with rhythm have an increased kinesthetic awareness of their body in motion and stillness. As most physical activities have an inherent rhythm (e.g., tennis, swimming, running, or basketball), participation in lessons that focus on rhythm help sharpen kinesthetic awareness of the body in space as well as the length of time required to perform the individual components of a movement or skill. Elementary physical education teachers understand the importance of helping children develop fundamental motor skills because they are the basis for success in many physical activities. Yet helping students develop rhythm is just as important since every activity has an underlying rhythmical component. Thus, this article takes the reader through a series of progressions that help teach movement and rhythm to children. These are designed to strengthen children's self-confidence and to implement a system that is easy to use so that all children will have opportunity to glean some positive benefits.
Martin, Ellen H.; Hastie, Peter A.; and Gibson, Gary S., "Teaching Rhythmic Movement to Children: "Chock-Let Pie"" (2005). Faculty Bibliography. 2272.