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Balance (Gross Motor)

Balancing activity

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Physical inactivity can lead to poor motor skills which can lead to detrimental effects on cognitive function and academic performance. Balance is an important part of developing good motor skills.  Here are some simple ways to reinforce controling both static and dynamic balance

  • Stand on right foot for 10 seconds
  • Stand on left foot for 10 seconds with eyes closed
  • Stand on right foot and recite the alphabet
  • Stand on left foot and count aloud to 10
  • Walk on tiptoe while saying your phone number or address

Simplify

Begin balance activities that are static (maintaining balance while remaining stationary) For example, place both hands on knees and count to 20.  Now lift your left leg while having both hands on knees and count to 20, etc.

Extend

Dynamic balance is maintaining balance and control of the body while it is moving.  Jumping, hopping, skipping, roller blading, playing on swings and slides, scooter riding, riding a bike, etc. are ways to improve balance.

Materials

  • adult and child

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Violet
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Beach Ball"
by Peter Sis (Activity 7)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsch (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight