In the spirit of winter time, we are plate skating in the music room! Students are given two paper plates to place under their shoes. Sliding on the plates slows down the students to go at a controlled pace Several of them do fall, get up, and keep on skating around the room. It is less painful to fall on the carpet and nearby friends than falling on the cold ice.
Listening to “The Nutcracker,” the students follow the ebb and flow of the Sugarplum Fairy’s dance by skating forward, backward, spinning, and doing their own tricks. Many students, including the boys, enjoy doing some ballet moves as well! They are enthusiastic skaters and most of them had endurance to skate for the entire 6:35 minutes track.
Some variations of skating include skating with hands when they feel the plates are too slippery for their feet or when they tire of sliding their feet. When skating at an ice rink, students take off their shoes to put on their skates. Several students tried skating in their socks; the moisture from their socks help stick to the plates for easier skating. It also made for an interesting feeling of sliding on the carpet. In one class, C. Zebras helped his peers tie invisible laces to help the plates stay on their feet. The plates provided structure for movement and allowed creativity.
Plate skating works on the sliding motion of the legs and feet, shifting weight from one foot to the other, balance, and core strength to stay standing. For a few students, it tested their perseverance as they fell off their plates many times and they kept trying to slide their feet. There were smiles and cheers as students were excited and proud that they were skating with plates. Attentive listeners, the music guided their graceful movements. We had so much fun!