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International Dance Day has message for primary school teachers
It is the International Dance Day today (April 29). Though the observance was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council with an aim to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance, yet it has implications for teachers teaching primary grades to make classroom teaching joyful for kids.

There are a good number of children who have better developed Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence when they are enrolled into a school due to their early childhood social learning experience. Such children are Body Smart and learn better with coordinated, rhythmic movements of the body. Action songs for vocabulary building and musical-rhythmic physical exercises are more appropriate mediums of learning for children in the age group 3 to 9 years.

There is a need to sing songs with body movements and actions in pre-primary and lower-primary grades while teaching numeracy and literacy skills. Research informs that initially, finger play, hand-play, clap and tap rhymes should be taken up with children to suite to suit the style of learning of body smart children.

Such children easily relate to learning through dance and body movement, but other children find it interesting and get inducted into this style of learning. I personally think that at least 10 percent of curriculum up to early-primary grades should be taught through body-smart activities.

The theory of multiple intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner has also advocated dance as medium of learning. Gardner chose eight abilities as a part of multiple intelligence theory of learning called musical - rhythmic, visual - spatial, verbal - linguistic, logical - mathematical, bodily - kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic intelligence. 

He later suggested that existential and moral intelligence may also be worthy of inclusion for his learning theory.

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