I am a physical therapist for several Title I schools. Many of the students I serve do not have the opportunity to go out in their neighborhoods and practice their motor skills. Most of the students I work with are in preschool and elementary school. They need to work on both their motor skills and their ability to take turns and work in a small group.
Sensory motor integration is fundamental to school readiness.
Gross motor development fosters imagination, encourages problem solving and helps students to get exercise and promote a healthier lifestyle. But most importantly, it is fun!
My students will love to challenge their balance, coordination and motor planning skills with obstacle courses made from the tunnel, river stones and curved balance beam. They will be able to work on their jumping and hopping in and out of the hoops. They will improve their eye-hand coordination with the different balls. We will be able to play creative games and get our muscles pumping.
Movement and learning go hand in hand.
Having these materials will allow me to run a weekly sensory motor group with my classes. It will give them a chance to improve their gross motor skills as well as get their bodies ready to learn.
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