Parent Newsletter – Year 1 – Muscles

Muscles - Year 1 (February 2013)

Tessa's Notes

Dear Families, Welcome to our Muscles Unit Newsletter. Here's a chance to find out more about: This is the last unit in our Fitness Fun quarter, and we're focusing on our muscles.  This being February with Valentine's Day in the middle, our muscles of the month is our heart, and we'll be singing and dancing to songs about that very important muscle. happy child jumping We all know how important our heart is, but did you know it is a muscle, just like the muscles in our arms and legs? You can make your heart stronger by exercising it. Moving and dancing is a great way to make our heart pump more blood around our body, which works out our heart and helps it grow stronger. When we do our fitness warm-up, we'll feel our heart before and after the song to see if it is pumping faster than it was. This month we're continuing our practice of providing you with playable music that you can play from home. These songs will play on an iPad or iPhone, so if you are lucky enough to have one of those devices in your living room, you might find it more convenient than going to your computer. If you like these songs enough to buy them, keep an eye on our newsletters, because we'll be releasing some more of our CDs later this year! On behalf of everyone here at Dancercise Kids, we appreciate your business, and thank you for being part of our ever-expanding global family! Heart & Star

Dance Detail

Muscles is the theme of this month's curriculum, so we're dancing, moving and singing in lots of ways to help us use our muscles, especially our Heart muscle.

Muscle of the Month: Heart

Activity Song Name Music
Steps Sign Language Lesson
Fitness "My Heart"
Run, Jump, Twist, Jumping Jacks, get those hearts pumping Heart We have different muscles all over our bodies. Our most important muscle is our heart. It pumps our blood through our body.
Jazz "Happy Heart"
Jazz Square, Twist, Clap High and Low Heart, Happy You can make your heart happy by exercising.
Ballet "Someone Special"
Chaînés Turn, Glissade, Plié, Rond de Jambe, Relevé Love, Kiss, I Love You, Smile, Grandma We all have someone special in our lives. We should tell them that we love them.
Tap "My Shadow"
Toe Taps, Heel Steps, Step Together Sleep, Dancing We have muscles all over our bodies. Does our shadow have muscles too?
Creative Movements "Jumping Joe Jack Jane"
This song exercises our heart muscle and our listening skills. Jumping Jack, Jane and Joe each have a different sound in the music. We listen for their sound and then we jump up and down, twist, or do jumping jacks with the beat of the music.
Tumbling Headstand  

Parent Questions

Ask your child these questions and let them show you what they've been learning!
  • Can you show me a jazz square?
  • Can you sign Grandma?
  • Can you do a Step Together?
  • Who are Jumping Joe, Jack and Jane?
They might not remember everything but watch their imaginations go to town!

Family Fun

Do some exercise together that gets your heart pumping. We're showing the kids to feel their heart rate before they exercise, and afterwards to see how it beats faster, and how that means it's getting stronger. Take a walk together or dance in your living room with our music. Using Dancercise music will help your child's recall of the lessons.