Much preparation needs to occur before a child is ready for effective academic learning, and it appears that our creator has designed us to acquire the needed skills through the natural movements and play common to all children. First we learn to roll, then to creep, then to rock on hands and knees, then to crawl - and all the time we are learning and preparing ourselves to learn. We are progressing through important developmental stages. Our muscles build strength and co-ordination, our eyes learn to focus and our bodies become integrated and ready to take on more complex tasks such as learning to read and write.
But what if, for some reason, one or several of these developmental stages and skills are missed? What if a child reaches school age and they do not have all the building blocks of learning readiness in place?
The bad news is that these skills build on each other, and if a foundational skill is not acquired, the resulting ‘gap’ can compromise the entire learning structure.
The good news is that these developmental stages can be addressed at any age. If a child is having difficulty at school, sometimes simply guiding the child through these developmental milestones again (or perhaps for the first time) can help them fill in the missing gaps and help them to become ready to learn academically.
Move to Learn has developed a simple movement program, mimicking the developmental stages, for exactly this purpose. Parents can work with their own children at home, guiding them through a simple series of movement sequences for 15 minutes a day with the help of a DVD.
We have had astounding success by simply taking the children back and giving them the opportunity to acquire the skills they missed in the normal, natural way that they were originally intended to be acquired - through movement.
If you’d like further information about this, please feel free to visit the Move to Learn website. www.movetolearn.com.au In the meantime;
THINGS TO REMEMBER
It is not a race
It is not as important when children reach a certain stage in their development as long as they go through each stage.
Each stage can be learnt, if necessary
i.e. If children don’t roll in the right way they can be taught.
Every child has certain brain building rights
Each child is differently gifted
Parents instinctively know the potential of their children but sometimes there is so much stress in a family for various reasons, including learning difficulties, that this stress masks the children’s true potential. We all need to learn to read the behaviour of the children who mystify us.
Children never fail
Those who don’t do things well or who ‘muck up’ have probably been given something too hard or too easy for them to do. This is usually just lack of knowledge on the carers’ part.
New knowledge and confirmation of what we already know of a child’s development between 0 to 3 years can be gained.
There are lots of great books out there, lots of informative websites, and many, many parents and carers with a wealth of experience to share. We may not have all the answers individually, but there is a wealth of information to be shared and many people eager to help.
Written by: Barbara Pheloung & Jini Liljeqvist
Move to Learn www.movetolearn.com.au
Phone: 02 9907 7048