Learning to Read

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #7

Can you imagine the challenges a 16 year old who can't read faces? This week's article mentions a little boy who couldn't read despite a lot of tutoring and extra time spent with him. Do you know what helped him learn how to read? Cross Lateral exercises on a daily basis! His parents had him touch his opposite arm with his opposite leg and had him crawl.. yes crawl every morning. Please find the article here: Cross Lateral Exercise

In class, our developmental movement exercises address this cross lateral movement pattern. In addition, our bubble blowing allows our little ones the opportunity to cross from one side of their bodies to another.

Is your little one not crawling? No worries, if your little one skips crawling and jumps to walking you can always encourage them to go back to crawling and do fun cross lateral exercises with nursery rhymes like in class.

Fear of Heights

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #6


Did you know that crawling produces a fear of heights? When a child propels their body into space, the brain becomes aware of information in the peripheral visual field and uses this information to correct balance. Please find this week's article about walking and talking and a fear of heights:  Fear of Heights Article

In class, our vestibular exercise in our developmental movement series on therapy balls, using our octaband and while dancing in general space helps develop our little one's sense of balance and coordination.

I hope that you enjoy this fully loaded article.

Reference

Go-Carting babies reveal origin of fear of heights (2013, July 17). Retrieved from https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929264-500-go-carting-babies-reveal-origin-of-fear-of-heights/

Brain Architecture

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #1

Early Intervention
Did you know that there are nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 3-9years old in the USA who are seeking early intervention services for developmental delays? (Morin) While there are several reasons that children seek EI services, there are various ways that we as parents can educate ourselves to do what is necessary to help empower our little ones along in their movement journey.

Where do we begin?
We are our children's environment and provide them with the necessary experiences to help build their healthy brains. Please read this week's article about Brain architecture in children: Brain Architecture Article .

In addition to allowing plenty of floor time to explore without using too much baby equipment, It is through bonding and positive experiences that our little ones are able to integrate their senses and reflexes and to become physically literate and confident with their bodies.

It is also important for all of us to be patient and to respect where our little ones are in their stage of development. As you could clearly see today, most of the children were around the same age but were completely different in their fine and gross motor skills.

Class
New Parents and Returning Parents(as a reminder) - In class we move through 8 developmental movement patterns which are natural patterns that all typical developing babies move through their first year of life. We move through these patterns via exercises paired with nursery rhymes to help connect our little one's minds and bodies. It is also great to revisit these patterns in the case that your little one missed a movement step (example... not crawling to walking or not rolling to crawling).

1. Breath (Taking deep breaths after each movement, Bubble Gum in a dish)

2. Tactile (Clap your hands with me, squeeze your legs, pat your arms + Itsy Bitsy Spider)

3. Core Distal/ Navel Radiation (Open Shut Them)

4. Head Tail (Humpty Dumpty, Bounce like a Ball)

5. Upper Lower/Homologous (Reaching high and low)

6. Body Sides/Homolateral (With the Octaband - Row Row Row your boat)

7. Cross Lateral/Contralateral (one two buckle my shoe)

8. Vestibular (The wheels on the bus with our Octaband + Old Macdonald and Zoom Zoom with the therapy balls).

Movement/Dancing is integral to building brain development, helps your little one find a sense of body awareness and social awareness. We danced to music from Angola and France today and played instruments to Elvis Presley.

Enjoy this article!

References

Brain Architecture. Retrieved from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/

Morin, A. Developmental Delays by the Numbers. Retrieved from https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/treatments-approaches/early-intervention/developmental-delays-by-the-numbers

The Development of the Senses

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #2


Did you know that it takes 6 years for our senses to develop? This week’s article mentions that the development of the senses is the foundation for intelligence. This statement is explained here: "Our ability to receive information through our senses and interpret it will have great influence on our intelligence and our ability to read, write, or do anything. Without our senses, our mind would not have any way to receive information at all. Our potential for development is tied to our perceptual development, and our ability to use our senses is related to our early experience." Please find the article here: Article about the Senses

Touch, proper stimulation and appropriate activity are essential to developing our senses. In class, our tactile exercise (squeezing, tapping, brushing the body), playing with scarves and instruments, bubbles and the octaband are all ways that our little ones have an opportunity to explore their senses.

Enjoy the article!

Reference

Importance of the Development of the Senses. Retrieved from http://www.montessoriworld.org/sensory/Senses.html

Primitive Reflexes in Children and Adults

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #3

Does your little one walk on their toes? Do you have back pain when you sit in front of the computer for extended periods of time? Does your little one have a hard time picking up small items with their index finger and thumb (pincer grasp)? Perhaps these are signs of primitive reflexes that have not integrated. There are a couple of reasons that some children and adults still have some primitive reflexes in tact including a traumatic birth, not enough tummy time or too much time in propping devices. Primitive reflexes keep us alive in our first months of life but should all be integrated by 12 months. Primitive reflexes past 12 months are a sign of a neurological imbalance.

Luckily, there are several things that we can do to get rid of primitive reflexes. The best way to get rid of these reflexes is to actually do the primitive reflex. Our developmental movement exercises in classes address some of these concerns. Our Navel Radiation exercise to Open Shut Them helps with a retained Moro Reflex. In this exercise we are opening our arms and legs as wide as we can and curling back into a small ball into our midline. In addition, our Vestibular exercise, dancing in general space and bouncing on therapy balls helps us with our balance and coordination. Please find the article: Primitive Reflexes Article

Enjoy the article!

Reference

Reflexes Explained. Retrieved from https://www.retainedneonatalreflexes.com.au/reflexes-explained/

Motor and Language Development

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #4

This week's article is called Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development. Please find the article here: Motor Development and Language Development Article

While I don't agree with the strict timelines that are represented in terms of motor development in this article, I think that this is very interesting as your little ones are all beginning to discover their voices in new ways. Depending on your child's position, on their tummies, in sitting, on all fours or standing, their ability to vocalize changes. Identical sound sequences like mama or dada often begin to develop once mouthing (putting objects in their mouths as discovery) decreases.

Take a moment and pay attention to the way your child uses his/her voice. Have you ever noticed the repetition or intensity in sounds that your child makes when they are banging two toys together? Or the sounds that they make when they are learning to run or crawl and begin to make high pitched sounds when they want to move faster?

I hope that you enjoy this wonderful article!

Reference

Iverson, Jana M. (2010, January 25). Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2833284/

Supporting Early Math Skills in Movement Class

Fall 2018 Class Article

Week #5

During the fifth week of classes we worked on the five basic math concepts ( Number and Operations, Shapes and Spacial relationships, Measurement, Patterns, Relationship and Change and Collecting and organizing information) through the utilization of movement and props. Here is how we focused on each concept in class:

Number and Operations - In our crawlers class, while sitting on the parachute, we sang 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. We shook the parachute with the corresponding number of monkey's who fell off of the bed. In our toddler classes we also used this song. With the help of our drummer, we rhythmically tapped out the corresponding number of monkey’s who fell off of the bed.

In our toddler class, we also performed our call and response activity where our drummer led us in a series of rhythmic patterns. We responded to the number of times he tapped on his drum by tapping with our rhythm sticks on the ground and on drums.

Shapes and Spacial Relationships - In our developmental movement exercise (Navel Radiation exercise) we stretched wide like a star and in small like a snail (big and small) while singing open shut them.

Measurement - Playing with different props. While physically handling, "mouthing" moving with and exploring the scarves/rhythm ribbons, octabands, therapy balls, rings and instruments your little ones learned about size, shape, weight and texture.

Patterns, Relationship and Change - We rhythmically tapped, shook and raised our rings high and low, side to side and on the ground in unison to Celia Cruz's song La Vida es Un Carnaval.

Collecting and Organizing Information - Cleaning up as a group. Putting different sized props into the baskets.

Here is a great article I found about Supporting Early Math Learning: Early Math Article

Enjoy!

Reference

Supporting Early Math for Infants and Toddlers. Retrieved from https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/nycu-early-math-learning.pdf