by Kristine Weber
Music and Movement Specialist, Lakeshore Public Schools
Thomas Edison said, “Great ideas originate in the muscles.” So, it is safe to say that music and movement helps our children develop the attitudes, characteristics, and intellectual skills required to participate in today’s society! Gross motor development in young children evolves through a range of activities. Play, especially outdoor play, is commonly associated with physical exercise. Although parents and teachers appreciate the child’s need for play, they may not distinguish between: 1) free play, 2) teachers directed motor skill activities, or 3) adult directed sports. While all are important, play with direction that is initiated by the child will be the most developmentally correct. The most effective teacher of movement is one who finds a balance between free play and directed activities.
Large motor movement skills require balance, strength, and coordination. These…