The Development of the Senses
Movement and Drawing Exercises to Help Development and Learning Difficulties
One-Day Workshops with Gordon Woolard (Dip SpLD; AMBDA; PATOSS) Independent Specialist Teacher and Trainer
Venue: Drumcondra Education Centre
Time: 9.30 - 15:30 hrs
Dates: Stages 4 and 5 = Monday 21st Jan ’19 & Monday 4th Mar ’19.
The content of the first three workshops (Stages 1, 2 and 3) is largely sequential and they together form a single whole, a practical kit-bag of insights and activities. For this reason it is strongly recommended that as far as possible, participants commit to all three. To book a place see separate registration on this website "The Development of the Senses (Stages 1-3)
Stages 4 and 5 stand apart from the first three but with one another also form a unit.
A task belonging in the early years is to master the spatial world. To do this is to break the natural symmetry with which we have been born and to develop accurate, harmonious movement. If accomplished, a child is in this respect ready for school, ready for literacy and numeracy, ready to make bodily movement internal.
Often, however, when a child struggles at school, it is found that his or her development has not taken that course, or not entirely. Subsequent remedial work to complete the early years’ tasks then proves to bear fruit, not only in coordination but also in writing, reading and the capacity to manage the school environment.
This work on the Development of the Senses has evolved out of the earlier educational work of Audrey McAllen whose book “The Extra Lesson’ is subtitled: Movement, Drawing and Painting Exercises to Help Children with Difficulties in Writing, Reading and Arithmetic.
Suitable for Learning Support Teachers, Class Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Subject Teachers and Upper School Teachers, the workshops aim to equip teachers with insights and an effective group of exercises to carry into their day-to-day work.
The exercises are formed so as make-up-for and move-on the developmental struggles of individual children. They also improve the overall skill-level of a class and support concentration.
Without any obligation, participants are invited to do the exercises and all will receive material on how to do them.
Stage 4 Releasing Stress
Partly as a need of the times and partly toward the aim of the next workshop, on focus and attention, this central theme in the lives of children, stress, has to be faced. Insights and practical methods drawn from the work of Rudolf Steiner, help to form a picture of what stress really is - as well as how to approach it. As in earlier workshops, the activities for children here include the primal early movements, essentially bringing rhythm.
Stage 5 Developing the Capacity for Attention
Through movement exercises designed to develop the inner dynamic of lift-carry-place, a range of activities is brought for the strengthening of attention. Out of the earliest actions of engagement in babyhood, develop the two polar opposite activities, of awareness and attention. The one works inward from the periphery while the other reaches out from the centre. Both are needed as a starting-point for learning in the school environment.
|Course Date||21-01-2019 9:00 am|
|Course End Date||04-03-2019 3:30 pm|