About Us – Motor Skills Development

Kids Moving Company classes and programs help Maryland children develop vital motor skills. We help children of all ages and abilities feel more comfortable in their bodies.

 

Who We Are and What We Do

Kids Moving Company classes focus on encouraging your child’s perceptual motor development through sensory-based, age appropriate activities that help children explore balance, coordination, rhythm, and body awareness. Unlike gymnastics or dance classes, our program is not skills based. That is, we do not teach children how to do something, but rather provide an environment where they can explore and discover just what their bodies can do. Many of the skills that our program encourages are actually the foundation for fundamental skills such as reading and writing. Of course, all the kids know is that they’re having a blast!

We help kids develop essential motor skills using fun activities and games!

 

book_1-266x300Our Philosophy – Growing an In-Sync Child

Kids Moving Company programs follow a sensory- and perceptual motor- based curriculum as featured in the highly-acclaimed book Growing an In-Sync Child, co-authored by Joye Newman, founder of KMC.

“Sensory-motor, perceptual-motor, and visual skills lay the foundation for early motor development, one of the most important factors in a child’s overall success. Moving is the only way to acquire these skills.” – The In-Sync Philosophy

Joye Newman and Miriam P. Feinberg’s new book that offers ways to get young children moving in six curriculum areas.

Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood CurriculumOur Newest Book – Move to Learn

Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum; first edition (Gryphon House, 2015)

When we imagine happy young children, we picture exuberant and unbridled movement. Movement is not only natural, but it is necessary for optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.

Co-authored by Joye Newman, MA, and Miriam P. Feinberg, PhD, Move to Learn helps educators easily turn their classrooms into environments that encourage movement activities throughout the early childhood curricula, including:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Creative Representation
  • Social Skills

With most activities listed in order of difficulty, choosing the right one for your class is easy! Regardless of the number of children, the physical size of your classroom, or the quality or quantity of equipment available to you, the ideas in Move to Learn are flexible enough to get every classroom moving.

Tillywig Award Winner 2015

“The carefully conceived activities feel strikingly rich and spontaneous in their execution and are designed to work for any classroom, regardless of physical space or number of children.” (Read more…)

Readers of Move to Learn will receive numerous recommendations for getting children to move. For instance, in the “Language and Literacy” chapter, children can act out the characters of classic books, such as Goodnight Moon. When reading the story, a child can be skittering like the mouse, moving quietly like the old lady, or making their bodies look like chairs.

“Movement activities experienced in early childhood build the stepping stones for all future learning. A child who is comfortable in his or her body greets the world with confidence and curiosity,” said Newman. “The early childhood classroom is the ideal setting for integrating movement into learning.”

Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum (ISBN: 978-0-87659-560-2, 136 pages, $14.95) will be available to purchase in May 2015. Educators may preorder books here.