WHITE LIGHT MONTESSORI SCHOOL
White light Montessori School
No 7a Akin Ogunlewe road, Victoria Island, Lagos.
.....Strong foundations last forever
Physical Education and Movement
Children at this age need many opportunities to learn how to move their bodies and work towards refinement of large muscle control and small muscle control, with the goal of attaining more coordinated movements, independence, and confidence.
LARGE MOVEMENT EXERCISES
. Walking across a balance beam
. Carrying heavy objects
• Walking carefully around the classroom and work spaces
FINE MOTOR MOVEMENTS
• Various activities exercising pincer grasp
• Squeezing works exercising whole hand
• Daily, toddler children may visit this program for large motor, and circuit exercises at our tree house.
At the 3-6 level, children continue to be given numerous opportunities for movement throughout the day. They are given the experiences to develop and refine their movements in the classroom and also through our Developmental Gym program on a daily basis.
Weekly, third year children attend a Brain Dance class to foster mind-body exercises. Through these various experiences, children’s self-image, personal, and social development are fostered. Also, children are building an awareness of their body in space through parallel play and group play, building self-control to regulate their behavior appropriately for success in community life: taking turns, following directions, sharing, listening, and safety of self and others.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES TO REFINE CONTROL OF MOVEMENT
• “The line” in the classroom allows children to practice control of various movements such as: hopping, balancing, galloping, marching/walking in different directions, starting/stopping on command.
• In small or large group gatherings, children may explore rhythm in relation to physical education through clapping and moving to a specific beat.
• Children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills through various curricular areas in the classroom.
DEVELOPMENTAL GYM ACTIVITIES TO REFINE CONTROL OF MOVEMENT
• Through a circuit of activities, children are refining hand-eye coordination and large motor skills. Such exercises include: stretching, ball work (throwing, catching, tossing, kicking), and cross-lateral movement exercises.
• Third year students take part once a week in a 45-minute class of dance and movement, focusing on cross-lateral coordination, motor refinement, and body control.