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Movement Is The Foundation For Learning

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Movement Is The Foundation For Learning

Every parent wants their child to live to their greatest potential. An aim of the Moving Smart Community Project is to recognise parents as their child’s first teacher and to help them help their child build a strong foundation for their learning.

As our babies grow, they learn how to roll, crawl, stand, squat, walk, run, hop, skip, balance and more!

In early childhood, a child needs opportunities to do all this through play, discovery, experience, and variety. Our hope is that we inspire you to keep moving with your child through their childhood in ways that are fun, engaging and meaningful to your child’s brain and body development.

Movement experiences improve health

Movement experiences increase a child’s health, learning and well being. Children’s bodies are SMART. Living inside of your child’s body is their very own super hero, that’s helping their clever body to grow healthy and strong and to play, jump and run.

Every day their very clever body is very busy! It’s repairing itself, growing new cells, helping them to run, jump and play and all sorts of other important jobs!.

Elements to include in movement experiences

Balance

Our ability to balance is a fundamental skill that calls for many of our different senses to integrate together and create a smooth and steady action response. Babies and children must learn how to balance. Read our Balance Blog for ideas and activities to enhance our child’s balance.

Vestibular System

The Vestibular system is so very important in helping with our ability to move smoothly and efficiently. It helps us use our eyes effectively and process sounds in our environment. Overall, vestibular processing helps us feel confident moving and interacting with our surroundings. Read our blog for ideas on developing your child’s vestibular system.

Cross Patterning

Cross Patterning activities help activate the connection between both sides of the brain, helping them talk to one another. For a child to experience optimum learning, both sides of the brain need to work together.  For ideas and activities to develop your child’s cross patterning, read our blog.

Body Awareness

As your child becomes aware of their body through their sense, movement, they can begin to improve their spatial awareness, their sense of self in space. Read more about body awareness here.

Crossing the Midline

Being able to cross the midline is very important for a child’s development. Not only is it essential for reading and writing at school, but it is required for getting dressed or putting socks and shoes, cleaning our teeth and other daily activities, participating in sport activities and during play. Read more about a child’s midline here.

Movement is the Foundation for Learning

After reading our series of blog articles we hope that you recognise that in order for children to concentrate, focus their eyes and/or sit still for a time all require a functioning brain and body connection. The quality and control that we have over our bodies movements may strongly impact our ability to learn. Moving every day is a vital part of helping a child’s brain and body connection to strengthen.

The environment that our children live and learn in shapes the type of movement they’ll do on a daily basis. We can create an environment that is full of opportunities for movement and play in our home, schools and community. In our role as primary carer for our children, we can choose to be active and create a routine or ritual of movement in our daily life.

For more information about how to incorporate movement into your child’s life visit the Moving Smart Blog.

This blog has been written as one in a series of articles aimed a increasing the knowledge and skills of parents and early childhood educators within the Wide Bay Region and is part of the Moving Smart Community Project.

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