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Mix It Up Sight Word Game

We all know that movement is crucial to learning academic material.  This printable, Sight Word Mix Up game, is being offered as part of the  part of the Active Learning: Brain Building Through Movement series hosted by The Inspired Treehouse! Combine reading sight words with various movements in the classroom.  Students will have fun while […]


Development of Motor Skills – Running

This post is the second in the series on the advanced development of motor skills.   Just like walking, running skills progress from beginning skills to advanced running skills. Here is the progression for the development of advanced running skills: 1.  Stride length increases 2.  The increase in stride length results in greater forces being […]

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Development of Locomotor Skills – Walking

Walking is the first in a series of blog posts on locomotor skills.   Children can learn how to walk at a young age but to become an efficient walker the child’s abilities must progress. Here are the “steps” it takes to develop advanced walking: 1.  The child’s stride length increases.  This is due to […]

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Gross Motor Skill Development in Children with Learning Disabilities

Research in Developmental Disabilities published a longitudinal study on the gross motor skill development of children with learning disabilities (LD).  Fifty six children with LD, ages 7-11 years old along with 253 typically developing children were assessed annually for three years with the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD). The results indicated the following: the […]


Low Competency in Fundamental Movement Skills

Pediatrics will be publishing research on almost 7000 elementary and high school students in Australia to explore the demographic and health-related characteristics of school-aged children with low competency in fundamental movement skills (FMS). Staff examined each student’s height, weight, and assessed FMS and cardiorespiratory endurance. Demographic and physical activity was measured with a questionnaire. The […]

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Teaching Motor Skills

The development in children of fundamental motor skills such as ball handling and locomotor skills need to be learned, practiced and practiced some more.  A recent research review in Child: Care, Health and Development aimed to determine the effectiveness of motor skill interventions in children.  The results indicated the following: 1.  A significant positive effect […]