A Moving Child Is a Learning Child
336 pages
ISBN: 9781575424354


A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7)

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Gill Connell, Cheryl McCarthy NZ author

Just as kids' bodies need specific nutrients for good health, they also need a balanced diet of physical activity to help them reach their potential.

Writing in an engaging, down-to-earth style, authors Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy connect the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. They unveil the Kinetic Scale:

  • a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary graders that fits each child's individual timetable.
  • a unique framework encompassing all the elements of movement: reflexes, sensory tools (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, and intuition), motor tools (power, coordination, and control), and language
  • based on six stages of movement development from birth to age 7: snugglers, squigglers, stompers, scampers, scooters, and skedaddlers
  • designed to foster a balanced diet of physical activity that helps each child move, grow, and learn on the child’s individual timetable.

Teachers and caregivers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children's healthy development - all presented in a lively, full-colour format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. A final section offers easy-to-implement Smart Steps at Play activities geared to the Kinetic Scale.

Downloadable digital content includes printable charts, games, and activities from the book plus a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, parent handouts, and bonus activities.

Grounded in best practices and current research, A Moving Child Is a Learning Child is both a hands-on resource for any classroom teacher, care provider, or parent and an ideal tool for coaches, mentors, and professional development trainers.