Spontaneous and Supervised Play in Childhood

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byAlice Corbin Sies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1922 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII Movements Of Gross Bodily Control: Dancing And Swimming Both swimming and dancing may be classed as active movement plays involving the acquisition of skill in their performance. To find the sources of pleasure in dancing and in swimming, we must first recall the fact that the human organism when refreshed finds pleasure in movement. This fact, however, does not account for the peculiar satisfaction found in swimming or the fascination and charm the dance affords. In swimming, the tonic effect of the water upon the skin and its resistance as a medium for locomotion, together with enjoyment of the rhythmic movements necessary to support the body, combine to place this sport in the foremost rank of movement plays. Dancing gives us a highly intensified form of locomotion in which the body is put into varied positions suggested by the rhythm. We see in dancing almost a complete relaxation from tension and a state of physical exhilaration in which there is sometimes noticeable complete unconsciousness of fatigue together with a sense that the body is of feathery lightness. In swimming, there is a relaxation of some muscle groups with a corresponding tension in others. An Analysis of Adult Dancing.--Proceeding first to a description of the dance, we shall then confine ourselves to a brief mention of such swimming activities as are noticeable among children under ten years of age, leaving other and more spontaneous movement plays in water to be treated in another chapter. To the analysis of adult dancing presented by Groos, the writer has little to add. Presenting Spencer's view that rhythm is a most suitable instrument for the expression of passionate emotion, sad or joyous, Groos reinforces Grosse's criticism that Spencer's theory makes the rhythm ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1922 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII Movements Of Gross Bodily Control: Dancing And Swimming Both swimming and dancing may be classed as active movemen...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217057659

ISBN - 13:9780217057653

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