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TEACHER TRAININGImaginary Journeys through Movement and Sound

Educators discover the power of leading activities that weave together listening, imagining, and moving.
Multi-sensory experiences create rich learning environments for young students.

Imaginary Journeys guide children to pretend they are different characters in different places. Children create pictures in their minds when they pretend. This ability to visualize is a key reading and comprehension strategy.

Students retell their imaginary experiences through their story maps. The story’s sequence of events outlines the main ideas, while each student chooses how to elaborate with his or her own details.

About this Workshop

Learning in early childhood crosses traditional boundaries – it relies on integrating listening, imagining and moving to create multi-sensory learning environments. In this workshop, Pre-K through Grade 2 educators learn to lead Imaginary Journeys designed to teach these skills. These Journeys combine classroom instruments (such as a maraca, xylophone, or hand drum), storytelling, and rhythmic movement into an educational structure. This structure is used to teach story sequencing, spatial reasoning, number concepts, and other content from language arts, mathematics, and science. Students document their experiences and their learning through the creation of story maps.

Workshop leader, Marcia Daft created these techniques for teachers who have no background in the arts, but are interested in learning how to use music, movement, and imagination to expand student learning. See the Teacher Documentation below to learn how other educators have used this arts integration strategy.


Grade Level: Pre-K-2

Number of Participants: 30

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

  • Dry Erase Board with Dry Erase markers

  • Flip Chart with Paper and Markers

Resources Required

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