Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps
Sequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain (Birth to Age 7)
Grade Up to 4
Ages Up to 9
Trim Size 8.5" x 11"
Page Count 216
Praise for Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps
“A gold mine! This well thought out and organized resource explains the stages of childhood motor development in concise language and clear graphics, making it accessible and understandable to parents and professionals alike. Smart Steps offers a multitude of activity ideas and includes fun and creative modifications for kids of all ages and abilities. I recommend this book to parents, teachers, and therapists who are looking for ways to enrich the motor skills of their kids.”—Brenda Richards, OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist, author, co-owner of the Center for LifeSkills, codirector of TimberNook of Greater Cleveland
“A must-have resource for all those engaged and involved in the lives of young children in whatever capacity. A uniquely refreshing combination of practical know-how and underpinning knowledge, bound by a profound belief and understanding of the role movement plays in supporting overall development. Easily accessible for parents—there are wonderful ideas for promoting active play—this book also provides professionals with a clear framework to inform and support their daily practice. Well-written and beautifully produced. A ‘smart step’ would be to source this book, now!”—Dr. Lala Manners, director of activematters
“A wonderfully clear step-by-step activity series providing children with a ‘rich diet’ of movement and play. The very easy-to-understand-and-do series of everyday activities builds the critical body and brain interrelationship, essential for children’s optimal learning and transition into school. This outstanding book sets a new benchmark in children’s activity programs to develop their bodies and brains. It is the most scientifically advanced program currently available and a must for educators, childcare providers, and parents who want to provide the best possible start for their children!”—Graham D. Dodd, Ph.D., founder and chair of TriSkills Australia; Fellow & Life Member of Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
“Very accessible and loads of fun! Placing physicality at the heart of learning, all the principles of strong ECE practice are skillfully harnessed. Superb color images illustrate how movement can be joyfully integrated into daily life with everyday resources, enabling every child to ‘follow nature’s plan.’ The depth of knowledge regarding being physically active from birth, matched with a clear explanation of how learning takes place through body-brain development, gives this book a valuable place in the work of those caring about children and their education throughout the early years.”—Jan White, early childhood consultant specializing in outdoor play and author of Every Child a Mover
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