Chronological and developmental age dictate how and when opportunities for motor skill development occur. Holding up our head, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, and running are examples of successful gross or large motor development. The way we control the muscles to allow movement is how our bodies move and explore the environment. Successful coordination between vision and small muscle movements is achieved through using our fingers and toes to grab small items. These types of tasks help us to become independent by expressing precision and accuracy. A caregiver’s interaction with the child is a necessary part of motor skill development. In addition, a child’s encounters with elements in their environment also help to develop their motor skills. This course will help the learner understand the developmental course of motor development and what they can do to promote it.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
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Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Defining Motor Skill Development in Young Children
Motor Skills Defined
Movin’ and Groovin’
Section 3: Promoting Motor Skill Development in Young Children
Creating a Safe Environment for Teaching Motor Skills
Activities that Promote Motor Skill Development
Section 4: Conclusion
Dr. Grace is a career early childhood educator. She has experience in the classroom as well as state government, the private sector, and teacher education. Formerly the Early Childhood Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education charged with implementing public school kindergarten, she has directed preschool programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds. Dr. Grace was professor of education at Mississippi State University as well as director of the Early Childhood Institute. The Institute provided professional development and technical assistance to childcare providers statewide and provided guidance to policymakers on early childhood programs in the state. She has co-authored books on portfolio assessment and how to address the impact of natural disasters on childcare centers and young children. She is currently the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the North Mississippi Education Consortium. Disclosure: Cathy Grace EdD has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Staff Writer: Kimberly Workman, MA
Ms. Workman is an Instructional Designer at Relias. She has a Master of Arts in Technology and Communication, as well as graduate certificates in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Digital Communications. Ms. Workman has a background in writing and designing online continuing medical education for physicians and other health professionals on multiple educational platforms, including web-based, game-based, and immersive learning environments. She has also used simulation training extensively to connect learning to real-world environments. Disclosure: Kimberly Workman, MA discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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