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Walking on the Line

Introduction
Walking on the Line is an exercise intended to develop equilibrium, balance and good posture as well as advance self-control, discipline and concentration. Refinement of these skills is achieved only after extensive preparation and practice. Walking on the Line should be introduced during the first week of class and can increase in difficulty as the year progresses and finer control of movement is achieved.

Rules and Guidelines for Walking on the Line:

the line must be clearly visible and free of any objects, including tables, chairs and mats, which can be arranged around or in the middle of the line but not on top of it the line must be in the form of an ellipse (contain no sharp corners, yet have parts which are straight) the line must be long enough to allow 10 - 12 children to walk on it without colliding with each other (the longer the better) when walking through the classroom, no one is allowed to step on the line children are free to Walk on the Line whenever they want, yet there are several exercises which must be performed with the guide Walking on the Line should be performed as often as possible, especially for the first three to four month when it should, ideally, be performed every day

Materials:
a tray or a basket
a bell
bean bags to be placed on the head
a small bag with a weight on a string
flags from different countries
glasses with water
a candle in a holder

Presentation (to be presented to a group or all the children at once)

Exercise 1:
invite the children to come and sit around the line in such a way as to leave space between them explain that you will demonstrate how to stand on the line
place both feet on the line pointing into the ellipse keeping the back erect and the head in an upward position select three or four children and invite them to stand up
invite the children to stand on the line, inside the line, outside the line invite the children to sit down and choose another group
repeat the exercise with all the children in turn

Exercise 2:
invite the children to come and sit around the line in such a way as to leave space between them explain that you will demonstrate how to measure distance from each other select three or four children and invite them to stand on the line invite the children to walk on the line in a normal fashion, without looking down as much as possible tell the children to stop and turn facing into the ellipse

ask the children to lift their arms extending them sideways
explain to the children that there needs to be enough distance between them for their arms not to touch if there is not enough distance between some of the children, invite them to move apart tell the children to turn sideways in their places and continue walking along the line invite the children to stop and measure the distance again

invite the children to sit down and choose another group
repeat the exercise with all of the children in turn

Exercise 3 (can be combined with Exercise 2):
invite the children to come and sit around the line in such a way as to leave space between them explain that you will demonstrate how to walk on the line
walk along the line in a normal fashion with your body straight and your head up select three or four children and invite them to stand on the line ask them to measure the distance between themselves

invite the children to walk on the line in a normal fashion
explain to the children that when you clap one time they must stop clap one time
explain to the children that when you clap two times they must resume walking clap twice
continue clapping at random intervals
invite the children to sit down and choose another group
repeat the exercise with all the children in turn

Exercise 4:
invite the children to come and sit around the line in such a way as to leave space between them explain that you will demonstrate how to walk heel to toe
walk along the line...
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