The Kids Koolkit 2 is a CONTEXTUAL LEARNING SYSTEMS™ kit with 235 resources devoted to the artistic process, CREATING. Materials align with the national core arts standards. Children broaden their movement and conceptual vocabulary simultaneously due to the mix of resources. The rich context built by these resources and activities enable a child to develop confidence when creating and the ability to effectively express unique ideas through movement.


Contents in the K-5 Kids Koolkit embed dance’s big ideas through creative tasks. 245 interrelated pieces to instill what is important to learn about dance-making.  Some items provide the conceptual base to ground understanding. Other creative catalysts activate the concepts in imaginative ways.  ISBN: 978-0-9799419-7-9

A 55-page Teacher’s Ideabook offers teaching ideas to engage students with the materials.  Its insights enliven learning.  It demonstrates how to layer concepts year by year to increase depth and complexity as students grow.   205 creative catalysts include “22 Ways to Vary a Phrase,”  “Flip Side” movement cards, stanza book “Poetic Prompts to Choreograph,” and as a bonus– the big 4 ft x 3 ft interactive “Dance Elements Daisy.”  30 teaching charts provide key concepts that support quality and NCAS standards: Important charts are “The Process for Dance-Making” (7), “Tools To Use for Dance-Making” (15), “Beginning-Middle-End” (2), and “Foundation Structures” (6). The charts explain the key concepts.  The creative catalysts activate those concepts in different, creative ways.  Their integration creates a synergistic matrix for learning.

The addition of the Dance Elements Daisy to the kit makes creative dance flourish.  It’s emphasis on inventing original movement and exploring the dance elements is captivating. By creative problem-solving, emphasizing one key element, and using various other “mix and match” elements as creative catalysts, dance-making becomes informative as well as fun.  Facilitating creative dance with the daisy demonstrates all the steps of the choreographic process (NCAS).