Deli, E., Bakle, I., & Zachopoulou, E. (2006). Implementing intervention movement programs for kindergarten children. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 4(1), 5-18. doi: 10.1177/1476718X06059785
Reviewed by Angela Barker, Ph.D.
The body of research related to the development of fine and gross motor skills indicates that early experiences in movement are essential for children. Maturation alone is an unreliable indicator of appropriate motor development. Numerous studies have shown that organized movement programs utilizing movement with or without music support the development of fundamental motor skills (Cleland & Gallahue,1993; Derri et al, 2001; Gallahue,1996; Gallahue &Ozmun,1998; Meinel &Schanabel,1987; Miller,1978).
The types and varied forms of movement that children participate in are important factors in their motor skill development. Gallahue (1996) states that physical education programs have a significant impact on motor development due to their focus on qualitative performance rather than quantitative performance of…