THE KINETIC SCALE: Beyond Gross & Fine Motor

Well, it's official! A Moving Child
Is a Learning Child
is in print!

Here's a little preview

In our new book, you'll see we're introducing a brand new tool we haven't talked about yet
here on the blog. We call it THE KINETIC SCALE, going
 beyond gross and fine motor to better understand how movement fuels the body
and the brain for
learning. (Oh, and health and fitness too!)

I like to think of The Kinetic Scale as the food pyramid for movement. Ibreaks movement down into its essential "nutrients," making it easy to see and understand what's happening in children's development. And of course,
once you know what goes into it, it's easy (and fun!) to create a "well balanced
diet" of movement kids need each day.

We'll talk more about The Kinetic Scale and how to use it in the coming
weeks. But in the meantime, once again, Cheryl and I would like to thank all of
you for your inspiration, support, and encouragement in bringing A Moving Child Is A Learning Child to

(And by the way, the next time someone asks you to sound serious on a
playground full of kids, tell them that's a seriously silly idea!)

Image from A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, copyright © 2013. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 800-735-7323; 
When my writing partner, Cheryl McCarthy and I sat down to talk about
writing my second book, her first question to me was "why do you want to
write this book?"

I explained that I believe movement is the under-appreciated piece of the
early childhood puzzle, and that I wanted parents and teachers to understand
the vital role movement plays in helping little ones reach their fullest

I sat back, fully satisfied with my answer and thought, job done. Writing
this book is going to be a snap.

Cheryl paused, leaned forward and rephrased the question. "No. I
meant, why do you WANT to write this book? What's in it for YOU?"


I was stumped. My mind raced. Tears welled. I leaned forward for the
words and managed a whisper. "I wish I knew then what I know now."

There it was. My 30 year quest to uncover what makes kids tick was actually
a personal journey to understand myself through the lens of the two most
important roles of my life -- parent and teacher.

Knowing what I know now, I really was
ready to write this book. And I was (and still am) humbled by the thought.

With gratitude to our families and friends for all of their support over
the past three years, and the amazing team at Free Spirit Publishing for their
guidance and partnership, Cheryl and I are so pleased to share with you the
first excerpt from A Moving Child Is a Learning Child.

And so it begins...

Passage from...

Moving Child Is a Learning Child

All learning
begins with the body. It has to. It
ʼs our point of reference—our own personal, portable True North, so
to speak. And for children, it
ʼs even more because the body is the brainʼs first teacher.

And the
lesson plan is movement.

grasping your finger to grasping her rattle to grasping the mechanics of
crawling, standing, walking, jumping, and those hurtling-headlong-hugs, every
move a young child makes
intentional or accidentalleads to learning. Movement develops her physical capabilities,
of course. But at the same time, it is building sensory perceptions and
critical pathways in the brain necessary to reach her full potential.

It's been well reported that within the first
years of childhood, approximately 90 percent of the neural pathways in the
brain will be set for life. Those pathways determine how a child thinks and
learns, but more, they will shape who she becomes . . . her passions and
pursuits, triumphs and challenges, inner reflections, outer reactions, and
outlook on life . . . all flowing through the neural network built by her
earliest physical and sensory experiences.

With breathtaking simplicity, nature has
created this move-to-learn process to be both dynamic and self-perpetuating,
building the body and brain simultaneously
. As such,
the more a child moves, the more she stimulates her brain. The more the brain
is stimulated, the more movement is required to go get more stimulation. In
this way, nature gently coaxes the child
to explore beyond her current boundaries towards her own curiosity to acquire
new capabilities. 
And that, of course, is what we call learning.

Adapted from A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, copyright © 2013. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 800-735-7323; All rights reserved.

Thank you to all our readers for your continued support for our work, and your love, care, and advocacy for children everywhere.


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