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Read about Kathy Stemke’s new newsletter –Moving Through All Seven Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 4th, 2009


It’s finally done! The first issue of the “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog:

Here’s some excerpts:

“Why Use Movement to Teach?”

…..Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making……

“Musical Consonants in Action”

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.

If your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc


I’m very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.


Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.

Suzanne Lieurance

The Working Writer’s Coach

I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going “professional development.” Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids.

Please continue with this awesome resource!

Versana Polidore

Thomas Gibbs Elementary School

Classroom teacher

Kathy Stemke’s “Movement and Rhythm” Newsletter is a must read for all parents and teachers of little ones. I remember having my children clean their rooms to music, as we sang little songs. Learning through movement and rhythm is a good means for teaching many things, as well as helping children learn to appreciate music. After all, many of us still sing the Alphabet Song to ourselves when we need to check the alphabet.

Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Publisher 4RV, Author, Educator


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