A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7) (Free Spirit Professional®) (Paperback)

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In order to learn, kids’ need to move! Grounded in best practices and current research, this hands-on resource connects the dots that link brain activity, movement, and early learning. The expert authors unveil the Kinetic Scale: a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary graders that fits each child’s individual timetable.

 Teachers, parents, and caregivers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children’s healthy development—all presented in a lively, full-color format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. A final section offers easy-to-implement activities geared to the Kinetic Scale.

Downloadable digital content includes printable charts, games, and activities from the book plus a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, parent handouts, and bonus activities. An ideal tool for coaches, mentors, and trainers.Introducing the Kinetic Scale

  • unique framework encompassing all the elements of movement: reflexes, sensory tools (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, and intuition), motor tools (power, coordination, and control), and language
  • based on six stages of movement development from birth to age 7: snugglers, squigglers, stompers, scampers, scooters, and skedaddlers
  • designed to foster a balanced diet of physical activity that helps each child move, grow, and learn on the child’s individual timetable

About the Author

Gill Connell is a globally recognized presenter and child development authority, specializing in the foundations of learning through movement and play. She provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her more than thirty years in preschool and primary education.

She is the former national director of Gymbaroo Preschool Activity Centers and the founder of Moving Smart, Ltd., which offers resources, tools, trainings, and workshops. She coauthored the book Moving to Learn: An Essential Guide for All Parents, Carers and Educators, A Moving Child is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think, and Move, Play, Learn with Smart Steps: Sequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain.

Gill lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and travels regularly to the United States.

Cheryl McCarthy is a former vice president of intellectual property development for Hasbro, Inc.

She is a thirty-year veteran of the world of children’s play, specializing in young children’s storytelling and entertainment. As executive producer, she managed the creative development of properties such as My Little Pony, Candy Land, Mr. Potato Head, and many other beloved children’s icons.

She is currently the creative director at Moving Smart, Ltd. Cheryl lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

“Everyone knows that a healthy diet is important for a growing child, but did you know that physical activity is absolutely essential for brain development? Many don’t, but Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy aim to fix that with A Moving Child Is a Learning Child . . . With a wealth of information and a plethora of ideas for implementation, this book is a must-read for parents as well as anyone working with young children.”
— San Francisco Book Review

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child interprets developmental movements and translates them into their correlating larger skill sets on the path to language, reading, writing, and being a healthy, social child . . . A brilliant read with beautiful photographs, diagrams, and layout.”
— Heidi Echternacht, kindergarten teacher and founder of #KinderChat

“This groundbreaking book introduces a tool that supports the full, natural development of movement and learning in young children, enabling teachers, parents, and caregivers to facilitate learning through active play while respecting each child’s individual needs.”
— Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!
Product Details
ISBN: 9781575424354
ISBN-10: 1575424355
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Publication Date: November 13th, 2013
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Free Spirit Professional®