What is PMP you may ask? The Perceptual Motor Program comprises of movement, gross motor and body awareness skills that are essential for healthy growth and development. It involves emotional, cognitive and physical skill development. The PMP allows children opportunities for physical education and interactions with the environment.
There are three main stages to follow in order to acquire these skills. The first is cognitive; to be able to understand what is required to carry out the task. The second is practice and the third is about mastering the activity with speed and accuracy, once the first two stages are achieved.
Stations that we set up for our perceptual motor program target skills that include, hand-eye coordination, body-eye coordination, auditory language and visual skills.
PMP is FUN! It gets children engaged and moving! It promotes fitness, wellbeing and children with strong perceptual motor skills have more self confidence, greater body awareness and improved coordination. Much research has proven that physical activity creates neural pathways in the brain, and the more neural pathways, the better we are able to learn!
PMP enables the development of bilateral coordination – which is the ability to coordinate and move both sides of the body at the same time. This is an important skill for school success – to be able to hold a pencil, write and control the paper, to be able to cut with scissors and move the paper at the same time, to be able to hold a ruler and draw a straight line at the same time are all skills involving bilateral coordination.
Our Pre-Primary children LOVE Fridays and our PMP!
Our Pre Primary children have made a great start to Term One. The children are settling into classroom routines and establishing new friendships with their peers.
In early childhood we value frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in our outdoor environments and natural play spaces. We recognise that young children learn best through physical and sensory experiences – active play.
At Saint Emilie’s we have wonderful outdoor play spaces to enhance our learning. The children have space to explore, discover, experiment and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Our bushland provides a play space to give children contact with the natural world and unique opportunities to engage with nature, the weather and the seasons. The children learn to understand and respect nature and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and lifecycles.
The outdoor environment offers children opportunities for freedom and movement through physical activity and promotes a sense of well being. Outdoor environments are a platform for creative play and the development of the imagination and problem solving skills.
When you take children outside regularly you see the JOY, WONDER and EXCITEMENT that they experience when they engage in learning in their outdoor environment.
It was great to see and chat with many of you at the family picnic last night! We hope that everyone had a great time! Please read through our programme information booklet and note down important dates in your calendar. Thank you!
This week we read two wonderful Dreamtime stories. The first was called ‘How the Birds got their Colours’ and the second was ‘When the Snake bites the Sun’. The students enjoyed the story and the art work so much that we placed the books on the craft table. We then began to create paintings related to the Dreamtime stories and wrote about them. Come and have a look at our paintings hanging in the Pre-Primary Blue Art Gallery!
We then learnt about the indigenous flag and what each colour means. We loved learning about and painting the flag.
This morning the Devereux brothers and and the Backus children met with Mrs Cogger to work in St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Today we had some seed potatoes to plant. These were left over from our donation of seed potatoes from WA Potatoes Seed Potatoes for Schools project. We had been waiting for these last few potatoes to start ‘chitting’. Mrs Devereux also brought along a few of her Royal Blue potatoes that were ready to be planted.
First of all we had to weed the garden bed.
Here we are ‘armed and ready’ with our garden tools.
Then we had to dig a hole to plant our potato.
It was so cold this morning that we were all breathing out ‘steam’. So Mrs Cogger took a photo of us all being little ‘puffing billies’. Can you see the steam?
We are still looking to fill the veggie garden roster with volunteers so if you would like to meet on Friday 17th August at 8am, then please let Mrs Cogger know. Mrs Cogger would like to thank the Devereux and Backus families for volunteering this morning.
Learning letter names and sounds is an essential part of our development. They are the foundation for learning to read and write, and shape the way we communicate with the world around us. Each week in Pre-Primary we have a letter focus, starting with every student going for a letter hunt. This allows the students to look at home for objects with the matching letter sounds. Students then bring that object in to share and discuss it with the class. We also include a language experience, with this week being baking bread for the letter “Bb”.
We started by reading a story called ‘Zed’s Bread’ by Mick Manning and discussed how bakers make bread. We then went through the ingredients and watched the bread being made. The whole classroom smelled wonderful – there is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking!