Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

The leader

The leader

In the household, there are those who are leaders and those who are followers, and for good reason.

There needs to be someone or several persons accountable for the general success and overall management of a family and the household in general. There are parents and children. In some families, there may even be grandparents and other relatives such as aunts, uncles, and cousins. In other families, there may be stepfathers, stepmothers, and step-siblings.

Whatever the arrangement or structure, families usually look to one person to lead, guide, provide, and answer too and in most cases that person is usually an adult - a parent or guardian acting in the place of a parent. 

That person is usually referred to as the head of the household. 

Taking this knowledge and putting it into a classroom perspective, the head of the household can be compared to the "line leader" or the teachers assistant and even the leader in a game of follow the leader. To help our students understand this concept, we took the game; follow the leader, and just changed the name to the head of the household. It makes sense, because, after all, we are exploring activities in our family theme.

That said, the following is a simple follow the leader styled, across the floor activity. The focus is to teach children about the concept and meaning of following and leading while strengthening their "across the floor" capabilities and movement skills as it relates to dance. 

How did it go?

Across the floor, activities are always exciting but what makes them difficult is the crowd control aspect. So, whatever crowd control tactics work for you then feel free to implement them. Apart from that, the movement phrases that make up this activity were really simple for our students. Chaos ensued at the beginning when the follow the leader aspect was applied, but after a few patient tries, our students got it under their belts.

Play around with the speed of the activity. It's great when you start off slow then speed it up. Although the faster it gets, the more chaotic it gets, it still makes for good fun. Additionally, play around with switching up the leaders. If you have a relatively small class, then switch up the leaders as often as possible. It's great to see how the children adjust to the change of being in a leadership role versus being someone who has to follow. 


Take a look!

Check out our video to see the flow and the three-movement phrases we used!

Follow my lead,

Tiva & Randa

Togetherness

Togetherness

Sock baby

Sock baby