What are gross Motor Skills?
•Major muscle co-ordination
•Body awareness –posture and control
•Balance –ability to adjust the body symmetrically
•Spatial orientation –awareness of how their body is positioned in space and in relation to other objects or people
•Crossing of the midline –opposite from one side of the body to the other
•Laterality –awareness of the left and right sides of the body
I do a few fun things during transitions and practice to help build gross motor skills because there is not enough time at recess and physical education classes.
We lay on the belly on the floor when watching videos, playing games, working on computers, or hearing books. It is very difficult for some students.
We crab walk or bear crawl around the room. Just be sure to have small groups go at one time. Everyone at once can be a mess!
Any practice that we do we push up and hold, just like planks! You can practice counting, spelling words, math facts, names of planets, etc.
Write or color in kneeling position. No sitting back on the legs.