Baby Steps to Fitness
The Importance of Gross Motor Development
Today’s child is not as active as years gone by. This is thanks to technology and change of lifestyle. I hope reading the below you are able to see the importance of ‘play’ and being physically active.
Delays in gross motor skills can also lead to problems with fine motor abilities. A student’s ability to maintain upper body support, for example, will affect his ability to write. Writing is a fine motor skill, but many aspects of it hinge on gross motor movements. Students with poor gross motor development may have difficulty with activities such as writing, sitting up in an alert position, sitting erect for classroom activity and writing on a blackboard.
Early intervention is also important because gross motor development may have an impact on a child’s cognitive and motor abilities as they grow. Researchers found poor gross motor skills were linked to learning lags, including problems with reading and math.
Recent brain research shows that exercising large-muscle groups is good for the brain. Active sports and games oxygenate the blood and feed the brain. Children who swing their arms independently and cross them from one side to the other are actually balancing both the right and left side of the brain. Evidence suggests that these increased activities have a strong effect on a child’s ability to learn.
It’s not just parents that need to acknowledge the importance of Physical exercise. Teachers too, need reminding of the importance. Often leaving this part of the curriculum or daily schedule till last or often leaving it out completely on a busy day.
Baby Steps is so proud to have our own dedicated ‘in-house’ sports program to fill any gaps that might occur in the teacher’s prep and planning.
Baby Steps to Fitness Team not only work with our children but also train our teachers to plan effective gross motor lessons.
Get moving by taking Baby Steps to a healthier you!