I moved with her!
As your child masters different skills like rolling, crawling and walking it is important to “review these skills.” It might seem silly at first to get on the floor with your child and roll with her. You might think that she already knows how to do this but movement is a layered experience, which means we relearn the same concepts over and over and each time we relearn it we get better at it. Crawling is a contralateral movement and so is walking. (Contralateral movement is when the right arm and left leg are moving simultaneously and vice versa. So mastering crawling will help a child master walking, running, leaping, etc.)
Cool isn’t it?
Another example is when my daughter as a baby rocked on her hands and knees before crawling. She was practicing pushing from her feet, the same concept that she re-explored when she learned to walk and jump.
Why move with your child?
Well, first it is great bonding time. You are performing an activity together and communicating non-verbally. You get to experience what your child just discovered and believe it or not rolling, creeping and crawling is good for you too! We never stop relearning skills! And lastly, if you start moving with your child at a young age, you are setting up great habits that will last. Exercise/moving will always be a special time together.
Here are some essential skills for the both of you to review and rediscover:
- Rocking on hands and knees
- Finding new ways of pushing and pulling yourself around the floor on your belly and back
And for my teachers reading this blog, I have done this in preschool classrooms as well to squeals and delight!
Think of it in terms of mathematics.
You can’t learn to divide or multiply before you add and subtract. The same thing is true for the body.
My daughter and I had some of our best giggles rolling on the floor together. Let me know what you and your children re-discover together!
Keep moving up down and all around!