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Have you learned a new word today?

October 1, 2012

Moving and following Mom on the parade!

Have you learned a new word today?  I have! It’s Proprioception!  Wow, the computer doesn’t know this word because it thinks I’ve misspelled something! Well, I haven’t. According to early childhood research your child needs to understand how his or her body works its muscles and moves in the space around it!

For example, have you ever noticed that you can walk without watching your feet?  Now, when you started walking that might be important. If you have had an operation on your foot or knee and had to learn to walk again, as I have, then watching your feet is important. For the most part, however, we do not have to watch our feet to know where we are walking. Our brain receives information from our eyes about walking and points our feet in the right direction. Isn’t great how all the members of our body work together!

Your ability to walk without watching your feet is an example of proprioception or “position sense.”  Proprioception “refers to the body’s ability to perceive movement within our muscles, joints, ligaments, and connective tissues and makes us aware of the orientation of our limbs within the space around us.” (Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow, Lesson 1 Teacher’s Guide).

Your child needs to learn how his muscles move and how they help him move in and around any space, such as your kitchen table, the car, the playground, and eventually when he or she is walking in line with his or her new kindergarten friends!  Here are some ways we will work on proprioception this week in Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow Colors and Shapes on the Farm. We will be…

  • raising our arms over our heads to make a “sun” will give your child the understanding of how to coordinate her arms in a circle shape and learning how round, how fast, how high that circle can go.
  • repeating movements like walking, jumping, running. Repetition helps strengthen the sense of position. As children practice the movement their judgement between how their legs should work with this movement will improve.
  • playing a triangle and experiencing that how hard we play it determines its reaction. Children will learn it takes more muscles strength to make a loud sound and less for a quieter sound. They will have lots of opportunities to explore ringing instruments.
  • Come join us this week as we develop proprioception in Kindermusik!
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