Using Movement in Learning

The fourth in a series of articles by this OT…This article offers up some great ideas for using movement in lesson plans, rather than just having it be a break from learning. A multimodal approach to learning is always going to reach more children and movement is just another dimension in which lessons can be taught.

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Tips for Picky Eaters in Preschool

We wanted to share this great feeding article “Picky Eaters in the Preschool Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers”. There are some really nice ideas about altering a child’s feeding experiences by changing the way their senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, sound) are affected by the feeding experience. Many of these ideas can easily carry over to the home and daycare environment and may help our picky eaters be a bit more adventurous. I really love the idea of using two different spoon for a large or small portion sizes, since this allows the child to choose how much they want on their plate.

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Time’s list of the 100 Best Children’s Books

We wanted to share Time’s list of the 100 Best Children’s Books–many you likely already have and there are certainly a few new ones to check out. Books are an amazing learning tool for children. Children learn pre-literacy skill from interacting with books, they gain a sense of story and basic sequencing. Books help our children develop their imagination, grow their vocabulary and sustain attention to a task. We LOVE books!

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Video Highlighting the Signs of Autism

Wanted to share this great video about the signs of the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The video does a nice job of illustrating some of the characteristics of ASD in very young children.

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Movement and Play Lacking in Kindergarten

A good article about the importance of play and movement for our kindergartners. Sadly is seems that many children are not getting these essential needs met in school, but rather participating in testing and drill of academic concepts. Play and movement are so essential to children’s development that as parents we must provide these opportunities for our children when school does not.

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The Importance of Movement for Infants

The reason to skip purchasing many of the expensive baby toys “Parents of new babies often purchase or are given lots of large equipment for their little ones (including jumps, bumbos, walkers, etc.). Many of these products in fact advertise helping children with skills like sitting, standing, and walking. However, the simple truth is that playing on the floor is what kids really need to develop correct motor plans for sitting, crawling, walking, running and jumping. Here is a great article about the best ways to help your little one learn good movement patterns from the start.”  

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