Train the feet first- preschool exercise
Lessons to help your Preschooler:
Help balance and control by training the feet!Strong feet come with walking on heels
Preschool exercise if the focus for all the Kidskills Manuals. This Manual 1 gives attention to the foot and it’s use in balance and body control.
This Feet First Training Manual will give your children learning experiences: while standing in place. The importance of good foot work in gaining balance, shifting weight and controlling their body comes from good foot use!
And often, we assume that the basic and fundamental movement foundation skills develop….naturally. Well, this is not true. Abilities need to be nurtured by careful guidance in a process that includes both brief instructional times and a wealth of exploration of what the body can do…in a safe place with your careful observations.
A problem that faces parents and teachers around the world as they work to improve their students skills: IS what to teach and when?
Need some sports training books? Got your own kids or are you teaching preschoolers and want to emphasis fitness and physical activities?
Over the fifty plus years, I have been teaching and training kids, I have found many simple ways to get good movement from preschoolers. I want to share these ideas with you so kids can learn and love to move…and for their entire lifetimes enjoy physical activity and share their joy with their own future families!
As I realize that you are so busy growing your child, and as you watch them in their early steps and curious explorations, I would like to offer some ideas to you to make these children’s first moves be a solid foundation for both physical skills development as well as building a great brain to run the whole kid!
As a lifelong teacher, parent and now grandmother, I have seen the JOY that active play and movement can bring to everyone.
I love to educate families and caregivers, and the very skills we would love to see our youngsters performing easily…really need to be taught and modeled in a series simple step-by-step mini-lessons.
Yes, maybe you think that you were a super-star or a natural, banging home runs at ease or scaling the playground ladders like a gorilla. But truthfully, each small move, each hand placement or visual sizing-up a child makes, is really using a history of mini-skills learned over time. Let’s help our children gain these abilities!
We all must: Move to Learn
Learn to Move Learn to Learn
For preschoolers, you can use the Kidskills’ Manuals of simple series of movement tasks as ‘jobs to do’ will give children a short term goal and allow them to get that “I Can Do That!’ confidence. Move well can be a guideline for teaching your children.
With the ideas and series of simple tasks, a parent or caregivers can guide their youngsters through a play time jobs to learn: How to Move well ~~ In place.
The Feet First! Manual One: provides a series of progressively organized but fun skills for children, ages 2 to 7 years. old. A parent or caregiver can use the 48 illustrated tasks and the cue words to guide children’s play times, challenging the youngsters to think and solve problems.
The six-part Training Series of tasks leads the child to skills mastery in a logical pathway. As one skill builds upon the previous skills the child will develop an I Can DO That! confidence as well as have fun!
Play is the way a child naturally explores their world, builds their physical skills, links their body and brain and ignites the imagination to learn through experiences.
The entire Training for Movement and Sports Training Series of 6 Manuals builds the child’s ability to coordinate movement, refine balance, develop agility, gain perceptual awareness as well as embed the mind-body connections for good learning.
Our Children: Move to learn, then Learn to move well, and in that process, Learn to learn.
Parents and caregivers, including teachers will find the skills development series of exercises and drills easy to use as a daily method of physical activity on playground, in gymnasiums or at any safe space. You will be able to guide your child in their development of balance and posture, as they understand body control and alignment
The opportunity to expand the children’s vocabulary comes through the consistent use of specific words to identify body positions, qualities of movement, directions from their place in space.
Throughout the Training Series of six volumes, emphasis is placed on the careful use of the feet/ the feet build balance skills as well as provide the ability to leave the ground and then absorb the return to the ground by landing, in control. These foot skills must be practiced and repeated to recruit the body’s proprioception system.
Each task is illustrated with drawing or photographs. The reader will find a carefully written text to use as they guide the child’s activity. Cue words and teaching hints are highlighted for the teacher.
For parents, this Training Manual will take you into the role as the Child’s First Teacher. Yes, you can serve as their parent, guarding their safety but your also can use this Training Series to serve as a coach or teacher enabling their first attempts as exploring movement and motion an their way to physical competency.
In developing abilities to mastery basic movements and sports skills, youngsters will gain the tools to confident and happy participation in groups for a lifetime of physical activity.
As a caregiver now turned TEACHER, try using these ideas to guide practice times during play times. Look around this site and read the benefits of movement and sports skill development. I would love to read your own ideas and would eagerly answer any question you might email to me.
As parents of preschoolers, we are not only the caregivers for our youngsters but we serve as their first teachers. When we step away from the nurturing roles of parenting and stand as an authority figure, guiding and encouraging our children with a broader set of goals:
- Using sport, physical education and play as a tool in a child’s education
- Knowing that physical education is an integral component of quality education
- The psychological benefits of sport and physical education run deep for children
- The skills and values learned through sport are good for both genders, but especially girls
- Social interactions give rise to leadership development
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Give engagement in school and community life