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Ch 1: Motor Skill Development in Children

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This chapter is about motor skill development in children. Lessons define terms, provide examples, and give many useful suggestions on developing gross and fine motor skills in various children of various ages.

Motor Skill Development in Children - Chapter Summary

This collection of lessons is on motor skills development in children. You will be presented with examples of locomotor skills, see information on various factors that influence the development of motor skills, and get familiar with the meaning of perceptual-motor skills.

Take a look at body awareness, and examine rhythmic movement development and its influences. More topical information can be found in this chapter, including:

  • Physicality and movement and the fundamental concepts they represent
  • Development, examples and definition of gross motor skills in children
  • Definition, development and examples of children's fine motor skills
  • Development of motor skills in the stages of infancy, early childhood and adolescence
  • Principles and activities associated with movement skills development
  • Teaching the attainment of motor skills by use of progressions
  • Techniques that can be used for motor skills assessment

If you run into something in the lesson material that doesn't make sense, use our designated feature to direct questions to a Study.com expert. A test at the end of the chapter will determine if you understood the major terms and concepts of the lessons.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Motor Skill Development in Children
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Fundamental Concepts of Movement & Physicality

1. Fundamental Concepts of Movement & Physicality

What are the fundamental movement skills? Why are they useful? Can movement based instruction help with other skills? These are some of the ideas we will be discussing in this lesson.

What Are Gross Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

2. What Are Gross Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

Gross motor skills allow children to control those body movements that require the use of large muscles in the legs, arms, and torso. Learn more about gross motor skills from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

3. What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? - Development, Definition & Examples

Think of toddlers at a daycare, or the young actors in the movie 'The Kindergarten Cop.' What comes to mind? Is it small children doing arts and crafts or possibly running around with scissors? These are examples of fine motor skills, which children should develop around this age.

What Are Locomotor Skills? - Definition, Instruction & Examples

4. What Are Locomotor Skills? - Definition, Instruction & Examples

We are about to get a move on, literally! This lesson describes the difference between locomotor and non-locomotor skills and explains the vital role each plays in the development of a child's physical abilities.

Motor Development in Infancy, Early Childhood & Adolescence

5. Motor Development in Infancy, Early Childhood & Adolescence

Motor development changes throughout the lifespan. This lesson discusses motor development in infancy, early childhood, and adolescence. Both gross and fine motor development are addressed.

Factors Influencing Motor Development

6. Factors Influencing Motor Development

Understanding and supporting motor development in children plays an important role in teaching kids. This lesson will discuss gross and fine motor skills and the factors that influence their development.

Perceptual-Motor Development: Definition & Skill Development

7. Perceptual-Motor Development: Definition & Skill Development

In this lesson, we define perceptual-motor development and discuss components of perceptual-motor development, such as visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic discrimination, and then explain how they relate to skill acquisition and performance.

Influences on the Development of Rhythmic Movement

8. Influences on the Development of Rhythmic Movement

If you are trying to incorporate more rhythmic movement activities into your PE instruction, you may be interested in what influences development of this movement in students. This lesson discusses some of the factors.

Body Awareness: Definition & Explanation

9. Body Awareness: Definition & Explanation

What is body awareness and why is it important? This lesson will define body awareness as well as offer explanations to consider regarding body awareness.

Developing Movement Skills: Principles & Activities

10. Developing Movement Skills: Principles & Activities

In this lesson, we discuss ways to develop movement skills. These include locomotor, non-locomotor, and object control skills, used separately or in combination.

Teaching Progressions for Motor Skill Attainment

11. Teaching Progressions for Motor Skill Attainment

In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of motor skills and why these are so important to a child's development. Find out what is meant by motor skills progression and how you can support students appropriately.

Techniques for Assessing Motor Skills

12. Techniques for Assessing Motor Skills

Motor skills are essential to childhood development. In this lesson, we will learn about different motor skills such as locomotor, non-locomotor, and object control skills. We will review examples of how to assess the development of these skills.

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