Good movement education helps develop foundations for:
- neater handwriting
- the ability to sit comfortably in a chair and focus on desk work
- improved concentration
- eye strength for reading and copying from books, worksheets or the blackboard
- the ability to follow movement demonstrations and auditory instructions
- sequencing, memory and rhythm — for reading and writing
- the acquisition of vocabulary that relates to movement ie: numbers, up, down, body parts, action words (in, behind), direction (left, right) etc.
Did you know?
- There is a direct connection between the large body movements involved in climbing, running, walking, swimming and ball play, and the small movements necessary for reading and writing activities.
- Babies and young children learn from the inside out. Their core muscle strength is vital to healthy overall development and for laying strong foundations for higher order learning.
- Children need to repeat movements thousands of times in many different ways to master them and gain confidence.
- When a child is moving he or she is not just working his or her body but the eye muscles too. The co-ordination between the eyes and hands and eyes and feet is integral to overall development.