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Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps

Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps

No. 9399


Sequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain (Birth to Age 7)

by Gill Connell, Wendy Pirie, and Cheryl McCarthy

Movement and play are nature's chosen tools for developoing the body and the brain. Strengthen and support that natural development with Smart Steps.

Build the body-brain connection with step-by-step activities that help children develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional foundations for early learning and school readiness. Early childhood educators will find clear information on creating the move-to-learn environment, managing safety, and optimizing the connections between language development, movement, and readiness for formal learning. An observational tool lets teachers pinpoint children's specific developmental stages and assess progress.

The easy-to-follow, full-color format includes diagrams and photos along with teaching tips to advance and automate children's foundational physical capabilities while providing incremental challenge. Grounded in best practices and current research, Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps is both a hands-on resource for any classroom teacher, care provider, or parent and an ideal tool for coaches, mentors, and professional development trainers. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book. Click here to download a sample section from the book on the topic of "Dynamic Equilibrium." (206 pp.)

This book contains:

  • 50 themed activity sequences, with 18 stepped activities tailored to children's natural development—that's a total of 900 play-filled, learning -rich activities
  • Key benefits, teaching tips, critical safeguards, and language focuses for each activity sequence
  • An observational assessment tool (The Movement Can-Do Guide) that enables teachers to pinpoint children's specific developmental stages in order to choose activities, assess progress, and provide incremental challenge
  • Implementation guidelines, activity selection tips, and individualization techniques
  • Downloadable digital content that includes printable versions of all the activities and charts in the book

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