Eurythmy is considered an art, but also a pedagogical practice, and is characterized by the visual (gestural) representation of speech or music. Eurythmic exercises are essential in the development of the child as a whole. They make their contribution in both physical and cognitive, social or emotional development.
What is Eurythmy?
The simplest definition of erythema is "harmonious movement". It is developed as a new art of movement and brings to the fore those archetypal, creative movements that are at the basis of sounds, speech and music. Eurythmia specialists believe that human speech and music sounds can be carved into expressive gestures.
What is the role of eurythemia in the development of children?
Eurythmia also has a pedagogical applicability. It was first introduced in the Waldorf kindergarten and school curriculum. Eurythmia follows the movement of the arms and legs in a specific way, in response to a certain rhythm or tone.
The specialists argue that the method followed in a first phase the development of the children's physical reactions to sounds and music, and only then it was found that this can bring benefits in cognitive or emotional development.
Its purpose is to stimulate and strengthen the expressive abilities of children through movement. It has the role of stimulating the imagination, the thought process and the conceptualization to the point where they can be manifested by forms of movement in a physical space.
Erythmia exercises in kindergarten or school also have the role of developing the coordination, attention and concentration capacity of the children. These begin with simple, linear movements and gradually become complicated in complex forms and choreographies, helping children learn to coordinate with them and to have the patience and focus needed to follow them and put them into practice.
What Happens During Eurythmia Exercises?
In kindergarten or school, children are encouraged to translate a story or poem into gestures and movements. Eurythmists believe that stories keep their authenticity and meaning and when they are gestured, not only verbally. Children are often asked to play through happenings or events or stories. When they are small, the movements are simplistic and the forms are not so expressive, but as they grow they develop their ability to control their movements and arms and play sounds and stories in a much more complex way.
Movements that render content are not random and meaningless. They are taught to transpose the moments in the story or the sounds correctly, through specific and precise gestures. The artistic gesture is a complex one, and the way the story is expressed gesturally depends very much on the way its message is understood.
During these hours, children develop their vocabulary and general knowledge. Eurythmia tries to help the child's development as a whole intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, but also culturally through essential informational content. For example, in exercises such as "butterfly dance", "bird chirping" or "bee dancing", children have the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about these insects or birds and their way of life.
Eurythmic exercises are profound and cause the little ones to properly understand and apply the rhythms, according to their significance. Playing the story through appropriate movements depends not only on the epic thread or the chosen song, but also on the decor, costume or location where the exercise takes place. All these harmoniously interlock and give birth to an essential and fascinating artistic act in the development of children
Eurythmy also contributes to the development of the child's social skills. The activities are done in groups and help to improve the relationship between children, favoring the bonding of friends, but also the cooperation or collaboration between them.
What is the therapeutic role of Eurythmia?
Eurythmia can also be used for therapeutic purposes. To this end, it helps to strengthen the body's ability or salutogenic mechanism (preservation and prosperity) to heal itself.
It seems that eurythmia could be successfully used to recover children with ADHD. Eurythmic therapy also helps to treat somatic diseases, but also developmental problems, learning deficiencies, sleep disorders or other psychological or psychiatric problems.
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