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FACT: Children need to be physically active!
We observe that preschoolers thrive emotionally, physically and physiologically as they play. Give kids motor skills competency and develop movement patterns [for a lifetime foundation of activity]. Use this lesson to make moving FUN...and deliver language gains.
Through training fundamental movement skills, during early childhood education classes, children will increase their problem-solving abilities as well as, strengthen language skills by modeling other children and their teachers.
General motor skills are an important part of brain development and these activities recruit the brain profoundly. Physical activity stimulates blood flow in the brain to oxygenate and nourish those cells. Neural pathways are developed and reinforced as vital body-brain linkages.
Whether you are a classroom teacher, a physical education specialist or a child care center professional, I promise this product will deliver: solid preparation in locomotor patterns and skills. ~ Diane Massad
Thanks for sensing that my STORE has goals to help kids be healthy and happy though the physical activity.
Your download today is the third section of an entire curriculum.
My mission is to give teachers a logically organized plan: to bring movement competency and beginning sport instruction to their students.
The entire Foot Path Training Program aims building mastery of the fundamental movement skills [FMS]. The Program's second component of this foot work curriculum is this: FOOT PATH III Unit: Beginning Movement and Sports Training.
When you open your FOOT PATH III download, you will have several tools for this child-centered movement-training program: 1. Carefully designed instructions and 2. Specialized MATS, 3. An informative article on neurological phenomena called: the Hand-Foot Complex.
How to Use this Tool:
After printed and laminating an enclosed set of mats, you will follow the set of instructions that suggest specific sequences for placing these laminated foot outlines on your play/gymnasium floor.
In your classroom, you can set-up the MATS in 'a practice place'. Initially, you can introduce the movement patterns and variations to the entire class and monitor students' attempts. Thereafter, an 'Agility Spot Center' could be installed for independence student exploration/trials.
This Resource also includes: three sets of movement-specific VOCABULARY that will give words and meaning to the instructional session, as well as blend movement language into students’ growing word bank.
For this Foot Path III these vocabulary lists are offered:
1. Body Anatomy: 'Seen' and 'Unseen'
2. Cue Words for educators and caregivers
3. Movement Like Animals descriptive phrases
As you monitor their attempts, your CUE WORDS and use of directional terms will establish a literacy link to movement. You can help children, in their learning process, by providing verbal learning cues when and only: if required. Allow some freedom of exploration!
My Store: Play Builds Kids
Offers the entire designed program that is developmentally progressive in it's organization. Play Builds Kids offers an array of activities that help children learn about movement skills, movement concepts [like starting and stopping] and strategies that are associated with many types of play, sports and games.
You can give the children this concept: that there are 3 parts to each activity.
As you explain to your class that each physical activity we perform has:
• A START position
• An ACTION phase
• A STOP position
They can develop the discipline of self-regulation applying this strategy.
This lesson continues the Lesson Pattern [for the series]. As you use the Foot Path Series to train the fundamental movement skills [FMS] your will be delivering PHYSICAL LITERACY.
Just as academic educators realize: physical educators use the three learning phases:
• The Discovering phase
• The Developing phase
• The Consolidating phase
To develop student knowledge and development movement competency.
Using that progressive teaching approach, the Play Builds Kids curriculum targets:
• Body awareness
• Spatial awareness
• Qualities of body movement
• Sensing relationships: to people and equipment
Students learn more effectively when they are involved in solving problems for themselves. With use of this structured lesson and the future lessons, as well as coupling unstructured daily active play.
WHO Can Use this resource? Regular classroom teachers [in a safe space]; special education room; occupational/physical therapy instruction; child care settings; home-school settings; and physical education.
Play Builds Kids has designed a whole program to provide a series of progressively organized movement tasks. This curriculum will be distributed over the coming months of 2018.
Each task provides opportunities for students to experience an activity, to understand the dynamics and to refine their timing. The student will play an active role in developing mastery and contributing their own physical literacy learning.
Movement allows children to connect concepts to action and learn through trial and error. Early childhood education is enriched when memory and movement are linked, and the body is a tool for learning.
Our curriculum delivers physical education knowledge as defined by National Standards, as well as, integrating the CCSS through:
• Providing verbal cues and instruction
• Introducing new vocabulary words
• Practicing counting using multiples when keeping score
• Saying and spelling words that are related to physical education.
Please connect with me with feedback or your own ideas.
Hoping that your students will benefit from moving and learning with these practice sessions for a lifetime of learning through movement competency.
EMAIL: diane @kidskills.com
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