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Squiggle while you wiggle vs Write Dance

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by pete72, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. pete72

    pete72 New commenter

    I am in a mixed R/Yr1 class with a range of abilities, but fell one of these 'schemes' would benefit the children.
    I went on a course led by Shonette Bason( Big Talk) last year and found her style inspirational, if a touch too manic. I have read quite a bit on previous threads about Write Dance and its good and bad points. Does anyone have any experience of Squiggle While you Wiggle please? Cheers
  2. paulsara2

    paulsara2 New commenter

    I am interested to find out about squiggle while you wiggle too- I have used write dance but we dont use it in an organised way. When I used it in another school they had 3 classes of reception children doing it in the hall with small material ribbons. The volcano lesson was particualrly good. I bought the Nursery Write dance book but we havent used it. I don't find the write dance book straightforward to use personally.
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    you can buy it as a download £36

  4. paulsara2

    paulsara2 New commenter

    Msz...would you recommend it?

  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  6. paulsara2

    paulsara2 New commenter

    thanks for the link!

  7. I went on a Shonette course last year and felt the same!!! I did purchase the Squiggle resources whilst i was there but when i got home the memory stick would not open so i didn't get to see the resource. When we were on the course we discussed Write Dance and we decided they were very similar , but with Squiggle you can adapt to which ever music you like. There is disco dough suggestions in the programme and stories for the squiggles. I will download it again when it is budget time. But i don't have any experience of Write Dance though to compare against.
    I am also interested in the Big Little Maths course anyone been on training?
  8. Hi,
    I haven't used Write Dance so I can't really compare, but we use Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle in our nursery class. It's very straightforward to use and the children (& staff!!) love it. It starts off with very basic lines (squiggles) and moves on to more complicated shapes/movements. The children "dance" the squiggles and then we draw the squiggle on paper, in sand, etc. The music Shonette recommends is all well known and easily found, but doesn't come with the download from her website. You can go at your own pace - some squiggles take longer than others to master. We do paint a person and dough disco too which were both part of the Squiggle course. The three elements work hand in hand and the children really enjoy them all. We did a parents' session in the Autumn Term and they loved it too. It works - the children's mark making has improved beyond anything I would have expected at the beginning of the year and it has encouraged the more reluctant mark makers too. Hope this helps!
  9. pete72

    pete72 New commenter

    Thank you everyone for all of this. As usual this forums soooooooo helpful! Yes I too am going to ask for it in April/budget time.
  10. Hi, I'm intrigued by squiggle ....... I have this vision of children squiggling to 'banging house'! Is it whole class suiggling or in a small group near a cd player? Would you say its feasible to introduce it mid year or best kept for September. Thank you in anticipation Eve
  11. Thank you so much for responding. I have music in abundance, pom poms, chiffon scarves, gunge etc all ready and waiting. God help them!!! Thanks Eve

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