Valerie Baadh Garrett, RSMT, is a movement specialist, teacher mentor/trainer and founder of Movement Academy Project. Through MAP, Valerie provides educators and others information, support, and training about healthy movement and curriculum at all stages of life. In addition, Movement Academy Project sponsors workshops, Master Class webinars, and creates video, print and other resource materials. Presently, her work includes Women’s Wellness Retreats – a Spacial Dynamics® Approach to Wellbeing in Big Sur, CA. Valerie is also deeply involved in the Transformative Movement program for young adults on the autism spectrum at the innovative Meristem school in Fair Oaks, CA. Finally, Valerie’s guidance and mentoring for teachers and individuals is available, via Skype, anywhere in the world. See more here.
Movement Academy Project Free Webinars
“Between your webinars and the Skype appointments, I feel like I’ve gotten not only material I can use right away in the classroom, but personal coaching on my own movements that encourage the children’s imitation and engagement.” – BA
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Games Children Sing and Play
“Children learn with their bodies before they learn with their brains. Physical and sensory feedback derived from interaction with the physical world help to build the neural pathways necessary to form mental images of the world.” –Sally Goddard Blythe, author of ‘The Genius of Natural Childhood’ and ‘What Babies and Children Really Need’
“This book reminds us of the beauty and power of living song and movement. It will nourish children and adults alike as they share the music together.” –Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood
Games Children Sing and Play is a treasury of thirty-four favorite, time-tested games for playing with three to five year old children. Not only is this book easy to use with children, but the authors also explain how these enchanting games help children develop in health ways. The magical weaving of rhythms, movement, songs, stories and imaginative pictures invite children into worlds of vibrant wonder. Most of all, these games help children feel at home in their bodies, become aware of others and build relationships. Now available at Movement Academy Project.
“A lot has been ‘said’ about protecting childhood but this beautifully written and produced book will show you ‘how’. The authors have poured a lifetime of what works for young children into these pages for us” – Kim John Payne M.ED. author of “Simplicity Parenting” and ‘Whole Child Sports’.
“A child’s game is a bridge built from the joy of joining. Play is one of the human beings greatest needs, and is simultaneously the trait that can help us learn to be social beings as well.” –Jaimen McMillan, Founder and Director, Spacial Dynamics Institute, Inc.
What They’re Saying
What a delightful collection! The wide range of games is described so clearly that it’s easy to find something to play with a lucky child or group of children. And then you’ll want to play something else, just because it’s still so much fun to play and sing.’
Rahima Baldwin Dancy