Child development is taken into account in Movement and Games classes. The activities that are chosen reflect this understanding. Each lesson contains a rhythm of joining together and moving apart. Highly active games balanced with quieter ones and working together as a group are part of each class.
Games in first and second grades have the gesture of the circle, keeping the children protected and part of the whole. As we move up the grades, the children are slowly coming into their individuality and the Games curriculum reflects this. By the fifth grade there is a focus on beauty, form, and preparation for the Olympic competition in the spring. In sixth, seventh, and eighth grades the more conventional sports are brought into the curriculum. At this time the children have a growing understanding of rules and teamwork. At the same time they are developing their own self discipline and competitive nature. They are aspiring upwards in terms of exactness, technique, timing, and the spirit of the law while becoming more aware of the world around them.
In a culture where organized team sports hold such high status, children can sometimes think of movement only in these terms. The Movement curriculum tries to give the children basic coordination and movement skills that will help them when they decide to play organized sports. Depending on the grade, the children will play games or do relay races that serve to develop skills that are also required for conventional sports. String games and jumping rope are also activities that develop skills which can be used in many different sports.
Not only does a Movement class provide the opportunity for the children to play games and have fun, it also works with their social interaction by teaching them to play with each other before they play against each other, to acknowledge each other, to play safely, and to gain an appreciation for all kinds of movement.