In order to support learning, kids need to move! This webinar explores the role movement plays in child development from ages 0 to 7 and how teachers can support children to develop the range of gross and fine motor skills they need to build their brains, and the foundations they’ll need for a lifetime of learning.
The webinar is particularly relevant to early childhood teachers and early primary teachers. Our presenter, Gill Connell, is a globally recognised child development expert, specialising in the foundations of learning through movement and play. Gill is co-author of the popular books A Moving Child Is a Learning Child (2013) and Move Play and Learn with Smart Steps (2016).
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To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article (primary and early childhood education).
Topics discussed in this webinar
Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video
|2.30||What is the connection between movement and learning?|
|15.14||What are the key stages of physical development for children at different ages?|
|37.40||Ensuring movement activities during COVID restrictions|
|41.04||How teachers can be intentional about what they set up for children|
|46.23||How to set up equipment for movement activity|
|54.50||How to assist children with physical development|
Questions for exploring the key ideas from this webinar
How much do you know about the typical sequence of movement development?
How well do you provide for each of the movement nutrition groups?
What do you think about when setting up physical experiences for children?
What learning activities could you adapt to include a physical component?
Which of the children you teach display behaviours and difficulties that indicate a need for particular movement experiences?
Connell, G., & McCarthy, C. (2013). A Moving Child is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think. Free Spirit Publishing.
Connell, G., McCarthy, C., & Pirie, W. (2016). Move, Play and Learn with Smart Steps. Free Spirit Publishing.