Term One – Week 7 – 18th March 2019
Everyone is talking about PMP!
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!