Darlene Koskinen, founder of MoovKids & owner of a successful teaching business.
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MoovKids supports teachers with teaching movment to young children well, and with confidence.
How we do it?
MoovKids provides three different plans to support different customer needs.
MoovBasic - Access to the activity video resource and two search options where activities can be searched according space, equipment, skill focuses, group type and more. Essential important information such as activity type, activity benefits, group type, equipment, safety tips & more is provided. Every activity video is accompanied by 2 narrations, one adult directed and one child directed. The children can watch other children doing the activity and hear me inspiring them to do it well. This option is suitable for countries where English is not the first language. MoovBasic Overview Video
MoovFinland - A curriculum and resource supporting the Finnish early childhood education curriculum. Ready to use play-based lesson plans have been specifically created to support the development of the stipulated movement skills in the highly respected Finnish curriculum. In addition all the program activities and features accompany this most popular plan. User have the option to do the following within this plan: Comprehensive instructions, activity saving features, teaching suggestions for different ability levels, the option to create own printable lesson plans, a note saving feature as well as a dashboard to monitor teaching progress are all provided in this option. MoovFinland Overview Video
MoovComplete - Offers ALL curricula and the activity video resource. All ready to use lessons are play-based, easy to follow, plan and implement. MoovComplete is suitable for teachers who would like to have a curriculum to follow and the freedom to create own lessons and documentation. MoovKids is also suitable for after-school programs, for home-schooling or for someone who may want to teach movement as a side business. Multiple groups can be run and all progress monitored for each group. MoovKids also support ESL learning.
Overview video: MoovComplete Overview Video
On-line Movement Learning - MoovKids is especially suitable for online learning. Teachers can facilitate the watching of the videos by having the children sit close to the screen to watch the video. During this time, the teacher can point out specific points to aid the success of doing the activity. On instruction, the children then do the activity while the teacher verbally guides and supports. Verbal interaction and self evaluation can be included.
Equipment - The MoovKids program incorporates the use of simple hand-held equipment such as balls, beanbags, hoops and ropes. This type of equipment is affordable, obtainable and durable. Manageable age appropriate equipment engages the children, makes movement fun and children learn better with a tactile and visual element. MoovKids Equipment
Teacher Training - MoovKids provides online and face to face workshops. Teachers are reminded of the many benefits of the regular implementation of movement and how movement supports academic learning. Tried and trusted teaching methods are shared as well as how to use the voice when teaching, effective demonstration, grouping and class management. MoovKids inspires teachers to teach diligently and well because quality teaching maximizes the benefits of movement for children.
Why we do it?
More and more children are experiencing learning and concentration difficulties when it comes to more focused academic learning. Sadly the lack of exposure to movement skills in the early years is often the reason why. It is in the early years that children's brains are optimized for learning, this is when a wide variety of movement experiences should be provided to ensure neural connections in the brain are formed. The quality of teaching and repetition of these experiences strengthens the newly created neural pathways in the brain.
Movement also supports the development of self regulation, this is an area that most occupational therapists are increasingly having to deal with. In addition, children are becoming obese at a young age, the more obese they become, the less they move, their well-being deteriorates as does their self-confidence and this has a devastating life long effect.
Every parent or teacher should want the best for their children, meaningful movement activities taught well and implemented often, supports a child in becoming the best they can be, both physically and academically. However, it is the adult show must inspire the children to move. MoovKids is a valuable support tool to help adults, no matter their field, to achieve this.