Experiences with MoovKids from members around the world.
We have already noticed a great change in our children's gross motor abilities.
A very important part of Early Childhood Education is to give children the opportunity to practice physical activities to promote their gross motor skills. Although we make a great effort to support this area, our kindergarten has limited space. Going to Moovkids has been so easy. Darlene has created a friendly atmosphere where children immediately feel inspired and are always eager to do the wide variety of MoovKids activities that she has planned. Darlene has endless ideas, fun tools and a gift to work with little children.
The children’s confidence in their abilities reflects in other areas as well, especially the social and cognitive areas, not to mention that our children continue practicing English while exercising with her.
We, both staff and parents, are very happy with the results.
Thank you Darlene!
Happy Toddlers English Language Kindergarten
The children have benefitted immensely from more movement activities.
Moovkids is a fabulous programme for children of all abilities. The lesson plans are clear, well thought through and easy to follow.
Darlene has created a series of videos alongside so that even the most nervous or inexperienced teacher can feel confident that they can successfully implement the programme. Her attention to detail reveals a passion for movement that shines through.
Our teachers have loved the ease of using the programme, and the children have benefitted immensely from more movement activities.
I highly recommend this programme.
Angie Hämäläinen, Finnish-American Kindergarten
The program is well structured so it's easy to get inspired and implement the activities.
There are many children who struggle with the acquisition of fundamental motor skills. I love the Moovkids program because it is an effective tool for developing and practicing these skills.
I love the fact that there are videos for each activity, which makes it fun and interactive. The program is well structured so it's easy to get inspired and implement the activities. There are very clear descriptions and steps to follow making it user-friendly.
Darlene has put a lot of thought and expertise into designing this impactful program. I would highly recommend it to everyone who has kids or works with kids to incorporate the much-needed motor activity into their daily lives.
Paediatric Physiotherapist, Hong Kong
Darlene, you are a ball of glowing movement inspiration.
I enjoyed the workshop a lot. Darlene, you are a ball of glowing movement inspiration and you created a great program! :) We have started implementing the curriculum already. It looks really nice.
Eugenia Soland, Director
Montessori Infant Community, Helsinki, Finland
We have found a significant improvement in the focus areas.
We taught MoovKids for a two-month pilot with our Reception Year groups—four- and five-year-olds. Both my colleague and I found your videos, tutorials and lesson plans very useful and adapted them slightly for a class of 30. For example, we would have four teams completing an aim-and-throw activity at the same time.
We have found a significant improvement in the focus areas. All of our children have now developed a secure understanding of spatial awareness and can balance on one leg without falling.
Our predominant focus has been aiming and throwing and we have been developing the skills based on your lessons.
On our first session only seven children could aim and throw into a hoop, compared with 26 children after two months. Also, only ten children could catch a beanbag the first session compared with 21 at the end.
Thank you for providing us with access to your lesson plans.
D.S. Primary School
The activities using hoops, ropes, balls and beanbags improve balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Our group enjoyed participating in movement sessions where they did a wide variety of MoovKids activities. They were eager and motivated to actively participate in the activities.
The activities using hoops, ropes, balls and beanbags improve their balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skills. The directions given are clear and easy to follow. The participants are able to do the activities at their own pace and ability level.
We are very pleased with the MoovKids program and highly recommend it to customers with special needs!
Eteva, Daytime Activity Instructors
Children are more active, improve their coordination skills and seem happier.
It's a very well designed program, easy to understand even for non-English speakers. My teachers only speak Spanish and they are able to follow the instructions and do the activities successfully. The kids enjoy it and it has contributed to their well being.
Kelly Dayanna Puentes
Director, Jardín Infantil Bilingüe Finlandia, Colombia
We definitely recommend schools and parents to try MoovKids. You will see how important the changes are and will love it.
Children in our kindergarten, with the implementation of Moovkids activities, were able to move and develop their skills each and every day, no matter what the weather was.
One particular case that really impressed me: A child of 2 years was too well-protected in the family and always came to school in a stroller. But after ten weeks, his skills were really improved and he loved to move so much he refused to use the stroller that mom and grandma offered.
Head of R&D, Tan Thoi Dai Education, Viet Nam
I had the great pleasure to meet Darlene during a workshop in the kindergarten where I work.
Darlene created an amazing programme about children and movement for educators. During the workshop we had a demonstration with a range of different activities that we can do daily to get children moving, coordinated and, best of all, happy. She is so passionate and she inspired me a lot!
Montessori Infant Community, Helsinki, Finland
Skill Focus Definitions
The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space. Such as required for tumbling, rotation in flight, jumps, and leaps.
Static Balance is one of the most fundamental movement skills. It is the body's ability to maintain a stationary position with control while performing a task.
Is the awareness of space between oneself and another object or person. It is also the learning of positional vocabulary through using their body to help develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location.
These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor movements primarily use the feet for support, however, the hands and feet can be used together as well.
These skills are part of the gross motors skills group and involve the use of the hands or feet or any other body part to move or manipulate an object. This could be in the form of throwing, kicking, catching, striking or bouncing.
Axial stability involves any form of movement organized around the axis of the body involving the spine. This can occur in different spatial planes and can include bending, twisting, turning, rolling or stretching.
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