24th August, 2011 - Posted by - 8 Comments
Ask any parent or educator what the building blocks of language development are and they will quickly reply, “Learning the ABCs, of course!”
Well, just like teaching children their ABCs, teaching fundamental motor skills is vitally important to proper development and later learning.
So, what are the ABCs of motor skill development?
- Locomotor/traveling skills: including walking, running, skipping, galloping, sliding, and leaping
- Non-locomotor skills: including stretching, bending, twisting, swaying, and turning
- Manipulative/object control skills: including tossing, catching, throwing, and kicking
Think of it as helping the children in your world build a movement foundation. With the foundation in place, children will be able to master more advanced skills and enjoy things like dancing, sports, riding bicycles and more as they grow into adulthood.
All of these activities hinge on the fundamental movement skills — and the place to learn those is during early childhood.
The more opportunities we give children to practice these skills, the more successful and confident they will feel in using and moving their bodies — and enjoy doing so.
Need some ideas to help foster these skills? HSBS has lots off free downloads for use with children ages 0 -5. Come play!
Stay tuned — lots more information, tips and ideas for facilitating motor skill development is on the way!
Now, I am off to see if I can still rock a hula-hoop. – Bethe
Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Euducation and Outreach Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside and enjoying Mother Nature. She is particularly fond of chatting with squirrels.