Build Gross Motor Skills

Do you have students that slump in chairs, fall over nothing, or even fall out of chairs? The problem could be gross motor skills! Say what?!?

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What are Gross Motor Skills?

•Major muscle co-ordination
Body awareness –posture and control
Balance –ability to adjust the body symmetrically
Spatial orientation –awareness of how their body is positioned in space and in relation to other objects or people
Crossing of the midline –opposite from one side of the body to the other
Laterality –awareness of the left and right sides of the body

What do you do to build gross motor skills in the classroom?

I do a few fun things during transitions and practice to help build gross motor skills because there is not enough time at recess and physical education classes.
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We lay on the belly on the floor when watching videos, playing games, working on computers, or hearing books. It is very difficult for some students.  Watch to see who sits up first! Check out this post about Brain Research for other ways to help with learning.

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We crab walk or bear crawl around the room. Just be sure to have small groups go at one time. Everyone at once can be a mess!
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Any practice that we do we push up and hold, just like planks! Who doesn't love a plank! You can practice counting, spelling words, math facts, names of planets, etc. Give it a try! How long until the burn when you say the ABC's in a plank? I start to shake at about e! Check out the movement we use to say the alphabet. Fun Ways to Teach Letters and Sounds.
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Write or color in kneeling position. No sitting back on the legs. This really can be difficult because of the stabilization; students think it's fun!

Recess to Build Gross Motor Skills

 Don't forget about recess! Climbing, running, and jumping are great ways to build gross motor skills!

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