Moving to Learn, Learning to Move
Creative Learning through Movement (CLTM) is a somatic approach to social-emotional learning for children which integrates motor, cognitive, and social-emotional learning. Classes are based on experiential learning– exploring, discovering and creating through movement.
The children solve movement puzzles, generate and develop ideas through doing, and invent movement solutions. They explore how they physically shape themselves— their bodily attitudes and emotions— and how they can influence their action, reactions, and interactions. They play dynamic games that increase spatial awareness and develop interpersonal skills through nonverbal collaborations. They translate classroom curriculum into experiential education, making it tangible and personal.
Movement Explorations, Somatic Practices, and Dynamic Games
All classes include movement explorations, somatic practices, and dynamic games. The somatic practices and movement explorations are based on developmental movement patterns (rolling, creeping, scooting, squatting, crawling, etc) and basic motor-emotional patterns (such as joy, sadness, fear, anger) which deeply influence and inform how people function and behave. Through guided movement inquiries, the children discover how they can develop and influence their own unique way of moving. Dynamic group games engage the children in collaborative activities and running games where they learn personal, interpersonal, and group skills.
Creative Learning Through Movement encourages children to learn, think and live creatively and to share this with others.
Actions Come First
Long before verbal development takes center stage, infants and young children learn through the immediacy of their actions — through how they react to and interact with others, the environment and themselves. Actions come first, language grows out of and in relation to this.
Linking Language to Experience
CLTM classes begin with doing, experiencing and exploring, and then link language to this, creating a potent connection between what we do, how we experience this and how we frame our understanding verbally. This integrates physical, emotional, and cognitive learning. By grounding problem solving, emotional exploration and creative thinking in physical experience and expression, CLTM fosters the relationship between oneʼs actions, feelings, thinking, and sensations.
CLTM classes foster creativity, spark curiosity, encourage group participation and cooperation, enhance body/mind awareness, develop personal and interpersonal skills and create a lifelong love for moving and learning.
Sonja currently teaches Creative Learning Through Movement Classes weekly at The Berkeley School in Berkeley, California.
Read posts below for examples of some of the different themes and classes from Creative Learning Through Movement.