Today Hunter was interested in the caterpillar walker. So the educators decided it would be a good opportunity to extended the children's coordination skills. So Sandra asked Pilar if she would like to come and have a turn Pilar came running over to the caterpillar walker and we helped Pilar to stand on it and we encouraged her to push with her her legs to propel it forward. Pilar listened to the instruction and pushed down with one leg first then the other leg and Pilar made it move. Next Elliot and Elijah had a turn they both got on the caterpillar walkers with help from the educators. Once the children were on the walker's they worked out to make it move. After Elijah and Elliot had a turn we then asked Sean if he wanted a turn he came over and stood with an educator and he was encouraged to hop on the walker but he just wanted to watch the other children. Abuk and Jack came over and wanted a turn and they both hopped on the caterpillar walkers and they were able to make the caterpillar walker move with pushing their legs alternate and the walker moved. Why is motor coordination important? They help us move and do everything from lifting heavy items to typing on a keyboard. Motor skills and motor control begin developing after birth, and will progress as children grow. Having good motor control also helps children explore the world around them, which can help with many other areas of development.
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Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. The children were engaging in Gross motor activities which enhances their physical well being.
We should offer tasks that enable a child to achieve and to challenge their skills. If they are given tasks that are too difficult for them, they will not be able to succeed, which may affect them negatively, psychologically and emotionally.
See children as active learners
Critical reflectionAs the educators we were able to do intentional teaching with the children by talking to them about how to use the caterpillar walker. We were also able to extend the children coordination skills by encouraging them to use something they have not had the opportunity to use confidently on their own but with the assistance of educators the children felt safe secure and supported throughout the activity, Follow up Ball games to extend hand eye coordination.