KinderGrossMotor: A gross motor curriculum for primary-aged students!
What is KinderGrossMotor?
KinderGrossMotor Curriculum is an engaging gross motor curriculum with young learners in mind! KinderGrossMotor introduces the students to 30 whole-body gross motor exercises and teaches them in a kid-friendly way for students. The students are able to grow and develop their gross motor skills by engaging in the 30 routines. Each of the routine cards have an included opener that gives the students experience in proper breathing and stretching their muscles.
What is the structure of KinderGrossMotor?
KinderGrossMotor consists of 30 routine cards that can be used freely throughout your classroom day. You can choose to use the cards when they best fit your busy schedules. The cards are broken down into five important gross motor categories: strength, core, stretching, balance and jumping. You can base your choice of routine off of the students’ activity level for that given day. There will be days that are best for stretching and days that the students need to exert a lot of energy and jumping might be the best choice. The routines can be used inside the classroom, the hallway or you can take the students outside for the routines.
What does the RESEARCH say about KinderGrossMotor?
Research shows us that core strengthening for young students is the building block for not only gross motor but several developing skills. The students’ core muscles are those in their abdomen, back and pelvis. Those core muscles are the ‘control center’ for everything the body does. These core muscles give the students the ability to balance and ability to perform coordinated movements on both sides, and they will effect several tasks the child is required to make throughout the school day. The students lacking in any of those areas might struggle with: sitting in their chair, holding a pencil, controlling their scissors and jumping. These lacking skills stem from a majority of outside factors but the leading cause is the decline in physical activity for young students. More and more students are living a sedentary lifestyle through the use of technology devices. By performing gross motor activities in the classrooms, teachers are able to provide a type of engagement that the students might not have experienced at all or little exposure to. The teacher will be engaging their muscles to work, like they're meant to! The tasks in KinderGrossMotor will help the student make gains in their balance, coordinated movements, locomotion skills, eye and foot coordination and best of all – an increase in focus and concentration!
*Please note that the routines may be used in any order you choose!
Ah, I love this but I teach PreK/First/Sped?
You will notice that this packet is marked as Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade! This is not something I do often or lightly! I find it very frustrating to purchase a packet and it not be grade level appropriate. I have included two differentiated versions to all practice sheets. These two versions work for non-writers (coloring) and writers (writing 3-4 simple sentences). Please note that NO student materials and NO teacher materials have the "KINDER" name on them so you do not have to worry about this! As teachers we are the only ones to ultimately make the decision as to know if it will work for our kids, if I can help with this decision please let me know! Please note that I have included alternate covers.
Is KinderGrossMotor a lot of prep?
This unit is a quick and simple prep! You will need to decide first if you choose to place all of the lessons on a book ring or print them as one page and place into a binder. Your next decision will be to print out the kindergarten specific covers or the generic grade covers. Print out your covers and then print out the routine cards. Each page will have two routines. Once the lesson cards are printed out, you will then trim around the edges and cut away the extra white paper. Next, you will need to hole punch each of the lesson cards. Place the cards onto the book ring(s) and you are good to go. Laminating the lesson cards is optional. Printing the lesson cards on cardstock is recommended for durability.
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