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.