Author: Little Explorers CCC

PMP – Perceptual Motor Program

PMP is a movement-based program. The aim: to improve the children’s fitness, balance, locomotion, eye/hand and eye/foot coordination, gross motor skills & self-confidence. The program also seeks to build an understanding of spatial concepts such as in, on, under, over, through, behind, in front of and between (all concepts used in maths when our children go to school).

The Physical Education teacher at our centre runs this program and has noticed a marked improvement in a number of the children’s skills as they participate keenly in this important activity. Children with adequate perceptual-motor skills are self-confident, have greater body awareness and improved coordination. The ability to coordinate both sides of the body at the same time in an organized way or bilateral coordination is a necessary skill at school for writing and cutting with scissors.

All communication skills- speaking, reading, writing and gesturing are motor based. There is a close relationship between a child’s perception (ability to process what he takes in through his senses) and his motor (movement) skills.

Teaching Children Friendship Skills

Early Child Care Educators and parents play an important role in teaching children friendship skills. This takes time, discussions and role playing situations to show children how to play and make friends. There are a range of skills that children need to learn so they can positively interact with their peers.

  • Self-control
  • Being able to wait for what they want
  • Talking and listening to others
  • Being able to approach and respond positively to others and being able to understand what others may be feeling are just a few skills they will learn before they go to school

Tip 1: You can watch where things are going wrong and gently give the child some gentle coaching. For example “What do you think you could say to join in?”

Tip 2: Have your child take a ball or toy of interest that will attract other children to play with him/her.

For more useful information, visit the Kids Matter page.