Moving to Learn, Learning to Move - the Early Learning Coalition of

Moving to Learn, Learning
to Move
Purposeful Movement
Presented by
Kelly Shaver
Young Children
• Learn through movement
• Learn through play
• Learn by being active
• Learn being physical
• Develops the whole body
• Including the brain
What is purposeful movement
• Movements that contribute to development
• The brain engages the body
• Intentional movement
• It is something purposeful
Purposeful movement activities
Develop connects between:
• Brain
• Body
Purposeful movement
• Our lives our filled with movement
• We move constantly
• It involves conscious thought
• A decision for physical action
The child
When they plan to move
How to move
Maintains awareness
Then reflects on the movement
He or she is moving with………………………….
Physical movement
• Is Essential to learning during the early years of a child
• Not just physical learning but learning in all areas
• Young children develop top to bottom
• Young children development from the inside out
Young children need
Opportunities to explore, practice and develop their:
• Large and small muscles
Young children need practice their
• Gross motor and
• Fine motor skills daily
Early childhood programs
• Need to offer children a curriculum with activities to practice their ever
development skills.
Children come into this world:
• Learning to move! From birth.
• We need to inspire them to Move to Learn!
• Movement can enhance learning and gain focus!
Movement Breaks are
• Brain Breaks using purposeful movement
Hide the handouts or Hide and seek other items
Movement means activity, activity needs space and organization
Moving a group takes a plan, getting up 2 at a time, using names or colors
White paper 4 corners, answer questions, get up and go to the paper, write reply
2 liter bottles with colored water, 2 large containers.
Sand bag or salt bags- canvas child bags and sew to carry and transport.
Bean bags
Empowering children to take an active role in caring for the classroom: wipe tables, sweep floors, Wash shelves, and broom and dust pans.
Using songs/music
Using follow the leader type games
Follow directions games
Transitions with songs and movement and dance time in class.
More ideas
Matching games on the floor, move- walk- bend over- match
Moving a table/moving chairs
Flannel board activities
Calling children up one at a time to give them a name tag
Parachute play
The magic circle (stretch)
Roll the dice and jump to the number
Deck of cards, pick a card and move
Beach ball toss
Thank you!
• Questions
Make and Take
• Make activity
• Practice purposeful movement experiences

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