### Lesson 21: The Vertical Ellipse (Direction, Action, and Rhythm)

The aim in these rhythmic or two-handed exercises is to give skill, speed, and grace to the two hands working together.

- Spend 5 minutes a day on these exercises at a blackboard or whiteboard.
- If you have no large blackboard or whiteboard, tape two pieces of paper to a desk or table, one piece for each hand.
- Dots denote the starting places for a movement and the "X" the end position for a movement.

Instructors show children the lesson image and note:

- The geometrical form featured in A and B is called a vertical ellipse.
- The shape featured in C is a crescent, and D and E are based on the crescent in C.

Instructors direct children as follows:

- Instructors demonstrate using one hand how to produce the simple oval as shown in figure A.
- Children grasp two writing implements (chalk, dry erase marker, pencil), one in each hand.
- Instructors show children the ovals in figure B, say "Look," and allow the children to observe the image.
- Instructors say, "Draw," and children draw the left-hand and right-hand sides of the image using both hands simultaneously.
- Instructors say "Erase," and children erase the image if using blackboard/whiteboard or secure two new pieces of paper.

Children complete the following drill work:

- First Day: Draw A, then B, then C, and then D.
- Second Day: Draw A, then B, then C, and then D.
- Third Day: Draw B, then C, and then D.
- Fourth Day: Draw B, then D, and then E.
- Fifth Day: Draw A, then C, and then E.

Tip: Draw A, B, and C with light lines, and go over the work, back and forth, several times. Draw D and E with heavy lines.