Why is my son so clumsy? Why is my daughter’s handwriting so messy? My children want to play only video games. Will their lack of movement really hurt them?
Movement is essential in helping children develop not only motor skills but also intellectual, emotional, and social skills. Children learn through “doing” and playing. However, children’s journey to learn how to control their bodies can cause frustration for parents. How often do parents say, “Can’t you just sit still?” Or parents have to treat skinned knees when children trip over their own feet?
By understanding how children develop sensory motor skills—that is, get information through their senses and effectively respond physically—parents can begin to address and find reassurance about the issues that concern them.
Evelien van Dort draws on Rudolf Steiner’s theories of child development to outline ways that children build their movement skills.
C O N T E N T S:
PART ONE: LEARNING TO MOVE
1. Motor Development in Babies and Young Children
2. Learning to Write
PART TWO: MOVEMENT AND THE SENSES
3. Some Theory on the Senses
4. Touch — for Exploring and Feeling Safe
5. Life — for Rhythm, Rest, and Resilience
6. Movement — for Healthy Activity
7. Balance — for Strength and Poise, Inside and Out
8. The Feeling and Cognitive Senses
9. Overstimulated and Hyperactive Children
10. Why Cut Down on Screen Time?
PART THREE: MOVEMENT AND LEARNING
11. Learning through Movement at Every Age and Stage
12. Why Don’t Children Sit Still?
“An excellent little book that sets out clearly why movement is helpful for children, and how we can support that as parents.”—Juno
“Van Dort's book is informative and pragmatic and the overall tone is warm and calmly reassuring.”—The Social Artist
Evelien van Dort is a children's physiotherapist in the Netherlands with more tyhan thirty years' experience. She has two children, and has written many storybooks for children. She was knighted in 2016 in recognition of her services to literature and literacy.