1. Call out exercise moves along with the song. During the freestyle videos, I shout out movements for the kids to do every 30 seconds or so (usually when the verse switches to the chorus and back again). We use a variety of movements such as elbow-knees, ski jumpers, hula hoop, power jumps, criss cross, or jumping jacks! I also call out the name of a student, and we will all mirror the free styling that student is doing! -Kate B.
2. Look for student examples, and dance along with them. I give my kids a space to be in during the freestyle, and I highlight what some are doing for example. “Look at that great move so-and-so is doing!” That often helps get them started. Perhaps the most important thing is being willing to do a little free style yourself. My kids love it when I dance. If a child or two gets to crazy or rowdy I tap them and they have to freeze for a count of ten. It’s worked well for me. -Sarah W.
3. Play during free space centers. I often use the freestyle brain breaks as a free space center during indoor recess. That way students can hear the music AND get up to dance if they want. -Sarah Y.
4. Encourage students to engage and dance together. I am an elementary special education teacher in a class with lower cognitive students. We use KIDZ BOP as a way to encourage the kids to follow the rules. When they are sitting on the carpet in their spot with hands to themselves, then I let one of them choose a KIDZ BOP song and they just dance. We have been using GoNoodle since the first day of school, but until the addition of KIDZ BOP my kids tended to participate/dance minimally. With KIDZ BOP they are engaged and dancing with each other. -Samantha Z.
How do you freestyle with GoNoodle videos? We’d love to hear your own ideas!