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Balance practice
Title : Balance practice Balance practice
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Source : B 63020/29 Infant school premises & activities: balance practice
Date of creation : ca. 1912
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Four young children practice their balance on a beam on the floor of the classroom.

Gymnastics assists in the development of fine and gross motor skills, in spatial awareness and confidence in the body' ability to undertake a range of tasks. In the absence of a proper gymnasium in the school, the teachers have laid a beam on the floor, and the children exercise their balance walking this. With the beam on the floor, any concern about falling from a raised beam is removed.

This photograph is from a series of views taken from lantern slides of kindergarten and infant school premises and activities in South Australia and New South Wales; the slides were owned and used by Lydia Longmore, O.B.E., the first woman to be an Inspector of infant schools in South Australia.

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

Gymnastics for infant grades, [Adelaide]: Education Dept. of South Australia, 1969

Jaques-Dalcroze, Emile. Rhythm, music & education, translated from the French by Harold F. Rubenstein, London, Dalcroze Society, 1967

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