The source of all learning comes directly from the ability to activate the brain and the neuro pathways. If these pathways are not activated, the brain will be affected in its ability to absorb and thus, learn. In order to move any part of the body, voluntarily or involuntary, depends on the start-up of the neuro pathway process early on in the developmental phase.
Therefore, it is imperative for every child to be exposed to the correct movement patterns, indeed – just what the musculoskeletal attributes of the body were designed for. For instance: crawling is a major part of our development, crossing the mid-line, using opposite sides of the body and motor skills are used in this simple yet vital movement!
That’s why it is vital to expose every child to correct movement patterns, as early as possible to “awaken and fire up” their Neuro processes, to give them a “Head Start” to learning, for the rest of their lives.
This is the reason why we use Kiddie Kinetix®
Movement in young children is quite clearly critically important, yet it is not taught at ECD schools. Over the past decade we have investigated why sportsmen & women at all levels have difficulty in progressing to a higher level or in some cases perform at their best on one day and the very next they are not as accurate or good. Often performances are erratic.
We have found that our children are taught at a young age to find their nose, mouth, ears etc. and their proud parents are excited when this occurs. But they never teach their children where their legs & arms are and take it for granted that nature will allow them to walk and pick up objects.
By teaching them the correct musculoskeletal movement at ECD level we prepare them for grade one and the school environment where they are expected to throw, catch and run effectively.
What we do differently compared to regular physical education at ECD level, is to stimulate and then activate the correct neuro movement patterns in young children. At a recent launch of a programme at the Blair Atholl School, we found that three and four year olds could not wiggle their toes or move their feet from the ankle position at request. After some interventions, we released the neuro processes to the feet. There-after the children were at first able to move their feet and then their toes. The process is on-going and this process will eventually provide a full range of movement to their limbs and thus awareness and perception of these extremities and how to use them effectively in daily life and in sport.
We are now also developing the midline aspect of movement, which will enable the kids to track a ball or start writing from the left side of a page instead of from the centre or a large margin.