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“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood

Movement is a very important facet of all aspects of a child’s development. Gross Motor skills are one of the essential elements of physical development.

Gross motor skills include movement of most of the large muscles of the body. It includes activities like running, jumping, climbing and dancing. Children likely engage in these activities on their own, but encouraging activities that develop those skills masters their control of the major muscle groups strengthens their bones and muscles increasing their stamina.

Development of Gross Motor Skills means the children are moving around and getting enough exercise. Involving children in physical activity at an early age means he’s more likely to be an active and healthy adult.

In the process of developing their Gross Motor Skills children should be provided activities that involve movement of the arms, legs, hands, feet, head, neck and torso. The skills children need for optimum gross motor development include rolling, reaching, sitting, crawling, walking, climbing, balancing, running, jumping, catching, throwing and striking. These fundamental Gross Motor Skills will assist children’s lifelong ability to participate in physical activity including sport and other recreational pursuits.

These days the children are restricted to indoors and hence do not develop their stamina to conduct physical activities. Such a stagnant lifestyle also leads to problem like obesity in children.

It is important to remember that during movement activities, the whole body benefits, not simply the arms, legs, and lungs. Therefore including children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities in movement activities can be a starting point for further development in many other areas.

We as parents and teachers can create prospects for children to practice motor skills and to have interested adults and other children participate with them.

Shanti Juniors’s preschool curriculum focuses on a child’s primary area of development. Our preschool activities are designed to develop their cognitive, communication, emotional, fine motor and gross motor skills.

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