Darlene Koskinen, founder of MoovKids & owner of a successful teaching business.
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Why movement is essential in the early years and how it effects a child's development thereafter!
How we do it?
MoovKids provides a customer three purchase options.
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. Necessary 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 knowledge of the English language is not strong.
MoovComplete - Offers the activity video resource as well as a ready to use curriculum with each lesson having a specific objective. Comprehensive instructions, activity saving features, three levels of teaching suggestions, the option to create own printable lesson plans, a note saving feature as well as a group specific dashboard are all provided in this option. 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. MoovKids also support ESL learning.
Moov@Home - Kindergartens have the option to have a parent login. This enables parents to be actively involved and engaged in their child's physical development especially if an area of difficulty has been detected. Movement is not something a screen can replace. Support of a child physical development has to be supported at home as repeition is essential if a child is to flourish and gain holistic development. Teaching suggestions are offered for paretns for every activity to enable easy implementation.
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.
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. The activities are fun to watch, easy to implement and the more the activities are repeated and practiced the more competent and confident the children become.
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 devestating 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.