We need to talk about PHYSICAL LITERACY.

Children under five years old learn to move by trail and error. Experimental trying to balance, jump from here to there, give the basics of active play. When a child see another child, hopping on one foot, the watcher observes the motion: maybe moving forward and they might see the way a child manages the free leg -or- how the body stretches tall.

Learning by watching:  sort of ‘show and tell’ brings our the great and natural skill:  imitation.

The key concepts in training children to move:  are the fundamental movement skills:

  • Locomotor steps: walk, slide, run, hop, skip, gallop
  • Body positions
  • Knowing segments of the body: knee, ankle, wrist
  • The speed of moving: slow, fast, gently
  • The quality of motion: soft, sharp, smooth
  • Directions: from the mover

The more children can look and learn: visual learning, the sooner and deeper [into the brain] learning will occur.

Just as a child learns the alphabet and then simple combinations of those letters  –> into small words. A young child can try and then master the simple gait of walking with an arm swing. They will make some steps longer, they might almost make waking steps turn into runs and then [by experimenting] the runs can be leaps or long strides.

Simple moves build a vocabulary of movement. This gain in physical abilities builds physical literacy.

JUMPING Off the ground by jumping

It is a daily duty for caregivers to build a language of simple steps, leaps and runs into a strong set of skills for physical literacy.

Adds form rhythm, music or hand clapping and the play times build kids!