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After many years of making music with children, Eve Kodiak, M.M., became interested in the brain/body processes that underlie the learning process. As an Educational Kinesiologist, she now works with people of all ages, using music and developmental movement to create positive change. Eve can be found in her office at The Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine in Cambridge, MA, or at home in New Hampshire, writing and recording. Her CD/book sets include Rappin' on the Reflexes and Feelin' Free, which combine developmental movements with songs, raps, and narrations with music. Eve also performs and records as an improvising classical pianist. More information and articles on music and developmental movement may be found at www.evekodiak.com.

 
 
 
 

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily promote official policy of ECMMA.

The Culture of the Children: Bringing Developmental Play Into the Classroom

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In February, I had the honor of addressing over seventy teachers for the Bay Area Montessori Association. I had spent a couple of days previous visiting a large preschool. I arrived at 7:30 in the morning, but there were already several children there, under the age of five. They were sitting at the little tables, drawing and looking at picture books. They wouldn’t go home until dinnertime.

I am by no means a Montessori expert. But as I read some of Maria Montessori’s books, I was struck by

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Why We Move

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Join me and dancer Linda Ugelow for a weekend of movement, reflection, music and personal transformation at Rowe Camp in the Berkshires April 17-19 for Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!

I’ve been thinking about movement . . . and how, in our modern world, we consider it as something added to our lives – Exercise. Play. Sports. Yoga.

But it’s something we are designed to do all the time. It’s not just optional. It’s absolutely necessary for us to do it if our bodies and minds are

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Old MacDonald: A Teacher’s Report

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When Was The Last Time You Felt Totally Happy? Come for a weekend with me of creative reflex integration at the Rowe Center in the Berkshires. 

My friend and colleague Liz Hannan is a traveling minstrel who brings her magical music circles to children in preschools south of San Francisco. She invited me to come with her to one in February, when I was getting ready to present a workshop to the Bay Area Montessori Association. This is her report.

Eve Kodiak came with me to my largest

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Original Play, Original Reflexes 2: In Practice

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! Spend a weekend playing with me and Libana dancer Linda Ugelow at Rowe Center in the Berkshires April 17-19.

In my last post, I talked about the magic of Original Play as practiced by psychologist Fred Donaldson. Crawling, rolling, tussling like puppies pulls all the reflexes together into one big mass of original fun.

Reflexes are like letters of the alphabet – abstractions we use so that we can break down movement into patterns, analyze them, talk

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Original Play, Original Reflexes: 1 In Theory

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Spend a weekend with me, playing and integrating reflexes at Rowe Center in the Berkshires April 17-19. Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!

Last summer, I took a workshop at the International Edu-K Conference with psychologist O. Fred Donaldson called Original Play. It wasn’t your usual workshop, where you sit in chairs, listen, do discreet activities, take notes. All the furniture was pushed to the sides of the room, and we spent most of the time on all fours, playing.

We’ve

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Circle Time Ripples 2

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If you’re in Northern California Feb. 28, you might catch me teaching a workshop on Circle Time for the Bay Area Montessori Association. All are invited! Information? and to register.  

A couple of years ago, my Children’s Music Network colleague Liz Hannan invited me to observe her circle times as a music specialist in Montessori schools. She was using some of my materials and wanted some feedback.

It was a very interesting experience for me. Liz is a skilled entertainer, and the

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Circle Time Ripples 1

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On Saturday, February 28, I’ll be in Palo Alto, teaching a workshop for the Bay Area Montessori Association. We’ll be exploring ways to use the infant reflexes in group settings - both to release the triggers that create negative feedback loops, and to enhance new learning. I’ll be focusing on my Listenin’ Live for Literacy pilot curriculum. All are invited! Click here for  information, and her to Register.

Circle Time means different things in different settings. Sometimes, it is simply

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Reflexes Are Not Just For Infants 2

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Spend a weekend with me in the Berkshires! Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! comes April 17-19 to Rowe Camp and Conference Center. We’ll take the reflexes into creative movement,discussion, journaling, walks in the woods, good food and just hanging out.. Co-taught by Linda Ugelow, principal dancer with Libana.

The idea for Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! came while I was going through a rough patch with my aging parents (Nothing in my life really prepared me for becoming a

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Reflexes Are Not Just For Infants 1

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!  with Eve Kodiak and Linda Ugelow, principal dancer with Libana, comes April 17-19 to Rowe Camp in Western MA for a whole weekend workshop of reflex integration, guided movement to world music, discussion, reflection, walks in the woods and excellent meals.

Children are not separate from their parents. A baby is carried in the womb, then carried in arms, then walked by the hand, and finally carried in energy and thoughts and feelings for ever after.

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These Legs Were Made For Crawling

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I found one of my clients waiting for me, standing up on his mom’s lap as she held his hands. “He only wants to stand now,” she told me. Which would be fine if he were a year old. But this little boy was somewhere between six and eight months old.

Babies often want to be up on their legs. It’s natural; that’s what the big people do, and that is where the action is! And who wants to disappoint a baby? And we have a tendency to think of “precocious” behavior as a good thing.

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Running Meridians, Feeling Calm: The Theory

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/789773http://  is coming back Saturday, Jan 10 to Bedford, MA. A day for personal growth through music and movement, journaling and conversation, based on reflex integration techniques.

Most of us have heard the term “meridian” as used in acupuncture or acupressure, but most of us have a hard time actually knowing what it is! That is one of the difficulties when we try to overlay an ancient eastern system onto a

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Running Meridians, Feeling Calm

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life!  is coming back Saturday, Jan 10 to Bedford, MA. For those of you who missed this day-long workshop last September, CYMCYL! is a day of reflex integration – through guided movement to world music, journaling, and discussion – co-taught by my good friend and colleague, Linda Ugelow, the principal dancer with Libana. It includes a delicious lunch during which we speak only gibberish. The goal is self-care and inspiration for anyone who works with children

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Raising the Roof and Opening the Heart I

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The Children’s Music Network 

I’ve been pondering lately what I really care about in life. Research shows that people tend to be happier when they spend their money on experiences rather than things, and I’ll go along with that! The experiences that I care about most are about connecting – with nature, with music, with other people. And as the connections increase in positivity and intensity, they tend to become more and more transformative. Some of those really amazing experiences can

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Yes Is Easy, No is Complicated II: Criss, Cross, Applesauce

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I’ll be sharing more ideas on this topic – as well some new songs and games – in my presentation, Songs for Inner Peace, at the Children’s Music Network Conference Saturday Sept. 20 in Leesburg, VA.

NO! means FREEZE! I recognize what is happening to me when I experience the words “anti-war” and “no.” It is a primitive reflex, one of the first letters we learn in the universal alphabet of encoded, pre-formed movement responses. The technical name of “Freeze!” is Fear Paralysis, and this

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Yes Is Easy, No is Complicated: Developmentally Speaking

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I’ll be sharing more ideas on this topic – as well some new songs and games – in my presentation, Songs for Inner Peace, at the Children’s Music Network Conference Saturday Sept. 20 in Leesburg, VA.

I grew up in the sixties and seventies, a time of many movements. There was the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement. There was the Anti-War Movement – or was it the Peace Movement?

The names were often interchanged. Now, as a kinesiologist working

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Parenting Without Judgment

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Change Your Movement, Change Your Life! Come play with me! I’m co-teaching a new workshop with Linda Ugelow, principal dancer of Libana, combining reflexes, authentic movement, world music, journaling, and a really wonderful lunch. Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 – 3:30 in Bedford, MA. 

I’m seeing lots of young kids these days, as we move closer and closer to fall and school . . . parents want their kids to be ready. And teachers sometimes suggest that the parents take the children in to see me –

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Energy, Intention, and Relationship

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Join me at the Educational Kinesiology Conference in Fort Collins, CO  on Sunday, July 27 for From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move!

I just got off the phone with Joe at an office supply company, who was calling to tell me that the order I had placed wasn’t in stock after all. There was a question about whether I could get what I needed before my conference this weekend.

The weird thing about the call was that it was not a negative experience. I got off the phone feeling

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Fear Paralysis, Moro, and Gorilla

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Join me at the Educational Kinesiology Conference in Fort Collins, CO on Sunday, July 27 (or hang out with me for the whole conference!)  I’ll be teaching a workshop on reflex integration: From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move!

Here’s the beginning of a new reflex integration rap, using animals to suggest the movement ideas. I’ll go through a variety of verses in these next few posts, correlating the integrative movements with the animals who perform them.

The actions are

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Animal Moves “R” Reflexes

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Join me at the Educational Kinesiology Conference in Fort Collins, CO  on Sunday, July 27 (or hang out with me for the whole conference!)  I’ll be teaching a workshop on reflex integration: From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move!

Watching some videos  of the late Jon Bredal (see Movement Matters, 7/4/14 – Play it Forward: Remembering Jon Bredal, got me thinking about animal movements. Jon describes how allowing children to choose an animal to act out can be a powerful way to

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Play It Forward: Remembering Jon Bredal

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Join me at the Educational Kinesiology Conference in Fort Collins, CO on Sunday, July 27 (or hang out with me for the whole conference!)  I’ll be teaching a workshop on reflex integration: From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move!

It’s always a shock to open your email and see the picture of a colleague above the words In Loving Memory . . . this morning, against a field of faux flowers, Jon Bredal’s dark eyes seemed to meet mine. It is sad to lose someone in the world whose work

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