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A Moving Child Is a Learning Child

How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7)

$34.99 / $59.48

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Grounded in best practices and current research, this hands-on resource connects the dots that link brain activity, motor and sensory development, movement, and early learning. The expert authors unveil the Kinetic Scale: a visual map of the active learning needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children in primary grades that fits each child’s individual timetable.

Teachers, parents, and caregivers will find a wealth of information, actionable tips, and games they can use to support children’s healthy development—all presented in a lively, full-color format with demonstrative diagrams and photos. A final section offers easy-to-implement activities geared to the Kinetic Scale.

Downloadable digital content includes printable charts, games, and activities from the book plus a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, parent handouts, and bonus activities.

Introducing the Kinetic Scale

  • a unique framework encompassing all the elements of movement: reflexes, sensory tools (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, and intuition), motor tools (power, coordination, and control), and language
  • based on six stages of movement development from birth to age seven: snugglers, squigglers, stompers, scampers, scooters, and skedaddlers
  • designed to foster a balanced diet of physical activity that helps each child move, grow, and learn on the child’s individual timetable
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ISBN: 978-1-57542-435-4
Audience: Teachers, caregivers, special education practitioners, clinicians, and parents of children ages birth to 7
Illustrated: full color, photos
Trim Size: 7.25" x 9.25"
Page Count: 336
Digital Content: Includes printable charts, games, and activities from the book plus a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, parent handouts, and bonus activities
Praise for A Moving Child Is a Learning Child
“Everyone knows that a healthy diet is important for a growing child, but did you know that physical activity is absolutely essential for brain development? Many don’t, but Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy aim to fix that with A Moving Child Is a Learning Child . . . With a wealth of information and a plethora of ideas for implementation, this book is a must-read for parents as well as anyone working with young children.”—San Francisco Book Review

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child interprets developmental movements and translates them into their correlating larger skill sets on the path to language, reading, writing, and being a healthy, social child . . . A brilliant read with beautiful photographs, diagrams, and layout.”—Heidi Echternacht, kindergarten teacher and founder of #KinderChat

“This groundbreaking book introduces a tool that supports the full, natural development of movement and learning in young children, enabling teachers, parents, and caregivers to facilitate learning through active play while respecting each child’s individual needs.”—Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!

“This valuable research demonstrates that the way children learn best is through interaction and movement . . . [A Moving Child Is a Learning Child] helps adults understand why children don’t sit still, run, jump, skip, and fidget . . . and why it is so critically important to their brain development and learning!”—Deborah McNelis, acclaimed author of the Brain Development series and founder of Brain Insights

“Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, two highly respected leaders in their fields, have produced a timely book that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of why movement is so vital in young children’s development and learning. This exceptionally informative book will appeal to and be highly useful for parents/caregivers and anyone who works with or has infants, toddlers, and young children.”—Cheryl Greenfield, M.Ed. (Hons), Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand
The Seven Senses

Seven? Yes, seven.

Beyond the five senses we learn about in school (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch), there are actually two more: the vestibular system (sense of balance) and proprioception (our intuitive sense of space and position).

You may not be familiar with these words. So, you might be surprised to hear that the vestibular system and the proprioceptive sense make possible just about everything we do (even sleeping). And they do so without us noticing. That’s because, as adults, we’ve had years of experience with these senses, making them automatic for us.

But they are not automatic for kids. Just as kids need to learn to use their other five senses, kids need to learn what the vestibular and proprioceptive senses are trying to tell them through the trial-and-error process of everyday living, playing, and moving. And because these two senses guide and govern how we use our bodies, they contribute to every major milestone and are often behind those fall-down-and-go-boom moments.

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  • Head Start Framework

    Supports the domains of Physical Development & Health, Social & Emotional Development, Creative Arts Expression, Approaches to Learning, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, Mathematics Knowledge & Skills, Science Logic & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

Titles in This Set

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August 7, 2018 / Tara - Ham Lake, MN

I facilitated an ECFE class based on this book. This book links brain development with physical development and motor activities. It has easy to read, visually appealing guides about the development of children. Plus, the activities are unique and fun for the whole family! If you value family engagement and guidance in your classroom, you will want this book!

May 1, 2016 / Sarah Norris
Great explanation of why kids need to move!

As an occupational therapist who works with children, I am constantly looking for resources to help explain to families and educators why it's so important to encourage kids in self-directed exploration through movement. Gill and Cheryl have done a beautiful job of making some excellent points in easily digestible terms that I will be referring to indefinitely. It's a great read for therapists, parents, and educators alike!


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