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What is Purposeful Movement?

Purposeful movement refers to physical movement that is performed with a specific goal or purpose in mind. This can include movements that are performed as part of a task or activity, such as reaching for a glass of water or throwing a ball, as well as movements that are part of a physical exercise or sport, such as lifting weights or running. In general, purposeful movement involves the use of muscle strength and coordination to achieve a specific outcome.

Can this be done in school?

Purposeful movement can be incorporated into school activities in a number of ways. For example, physical education classes often involve purposeful movement as students learn and practice different sports and physical activities. In addition, purposeful movement can be incorporated into other subjects, such as science, reading or math, through hands-on activities that involve physical movement. For example, students might use physical movement to demonstrate scientific concepts, such as the movement of the Earth around the Sun or the force of gravity, or they might use movement to explore mathematical concepts such as geometric shapes and spatial relationships. It is common for younger students to practice Sky Writing letters. Purposeful movement can also be incorporated into recess or other breaks from classroom instruction, providing students with an opportunity to be physically active and engage in purposeful movement.

What about in different subjects during the day?

Purposeful movement can be incorporated into a variety of different subjects beyond physical education. In math, students might use movement to explore geometric shapes and spatial relationships. In history or social studies, students might use movement to act out historical events or reenactments. In language arts or literature, students might use movement to interpret and express the meaning of a poem or story through dance or other physical movement. In the arts, such as music or drama, students might use movement to express themselves creatively and to perform for an audience.

Would this be helpful for emotional regulation?

Purposeful movement can be helpful for emotional regulation. Physical activity and movement can have a number of benefits for mental health and well-being, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and helping to regulate emotions. Incorporating purposeful movement into school activities can provide students with an outlet for their emotions and can help them to better understand and manage their feelings. For example, students might use movement to express their emotions through dance or other creative movement activities, or they might use physical activity as a way to release tension and stress. In addition, the structure and goal-oriented nature of purposeful movement can help students to develop focus, self-control, and other skills that can be beneficial for emotional regulation.

What is the best way to engage your students?

Just add purposeful movement! ​ Kids Freeze Dance™ is a streaming service for teachers and parents that features content themed educational videos mixed with purposeful movement! Each video features Jay on the Drums and emphasizes different content spanning Kindergarten through Third Grade while focusing on Math and Literacy concepts.

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