Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills
The Stepping Stones Curriculum
Activity worksheets provide detailed descriptions of how gross motor tasks can be accomplished through incremental stages, culminating in the achievement of the specific task. The step-by-step programme is divided into two sections:
* learning basic skills, which includes balance, jumping, climbing, skipping, ball skills, riding a bike and more
* developing specific sports skills, which includes football, badminton, basketball, netball, tennis, bowling and more.
The Stepping Stones Curriculum will enable adults to chart the progress of a child and allow children to become engaged in mastering motor coordination skills. Supplementary aids such as warm up and cool-down activity sheets, an initial assessment tool and a certificate of achievement will help parents and professionals to deliver the programme effectively at home or at school.
The Stepping Stones Curriculum is a must-have resource for educators and therapists alike. The book is laid out clearly; making it easy to understand and implement in multiple settings. The resources required are easily accessible and inexpensive. Rachel White chooses to celebrate the child or young person's successes and efforts in measurable steps instead of just focusing on the end result of skill acquisition.
This is one of the most thoroughly practical and useful resources I have ever read for helping children with their gross motor skills. Not only does it guide development of their motor and sport skills, but it also boosts their confidence and engagement by empowering them to choose their own goals. I Love the way it allows you to easily incorporate the goals into their learning plans and to track their progress in measurable terms.
As an occupational therapist working with children, Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills provides the perfect breakdown for motor skill acquisition. Its simple, motivating and clear structure ensures it can be given to parents/carers and schools with effective outcomes. This will definitely be my go-to book for many years to come.
Rachel White has been a community paediatric occupational therapist since 2000. Her work with children who have motor coordination difficulties has formed the basis of this book.
THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR THE STEPPING STONES CURRICULUM
Health and wellbeing
STEPPING STONES CURRICULUM INFORMATION SHEET
What is Stepping Stones?
Who is the curriculum for?
How do I use the curriculum?
Running a session
Frequently asked questions
Flow chart for school-based curriculums
CURRICULUM RESOURCES LISTS
Resources list for Section I: Learning basic skills
Resources list for Section 2: Developing specific sports skills
INITIAL ASSESSMENT TOOL
Interpreting the scores
Choosing the right place to start
Moving on to using the specific sports skills curriculums
Handout· Initial Assessment Tool
Handout: Choosing your curriculums – Learning Basic Skills
Handout: Choosing your curriculums - Specific Sports Skills
WARM UP AND COOL DOWN ACTIVITIES
Guidelines for Using the Warm up and Cool down Activity Sheets
Activity: General warm up
Activity: Core strengthening warm up
Activity: Coordination warm up
Activity: General cool down
Handout: Home- school communication and progress sheet
Handout: Stepping Stones Certificate of Achievement
STEPPING STONES CURRICULUM SHEETS
Guidelines for using the Stepping Stones curriculum sheets
SECTION 1: LEARNING BASIC SKILLS
Activity: Apparatus Skills
Activity: Balance skills
Activity: Ball Skills: Throwing and Catching a Small Ball
Activity: Bat and Ball Skills
Activity: Bike Riding Skills
Activity: Climbing Skills
Activity: Galloping/Skipping Skills
Activity: Hopping Skills
Activity: Jumping Skills: Performing a Two-footed (Travelling) Jump
Activity: Movement to Music Skills
Activity: Scooter Skills
Activity: Skipping with a Rope Skills
Activity: Swinging Skills
Activity: Team Games Skills
SECTION 2: DEVELOPING SPECIFIC SPORTS SKILLS
Activity: Aquatic Skills 1: Out of pool preparations
Activity: Aquatic Skills 2: Preparation in the pool
Activity: Aquatic Skills 3: Getting the face used to water contact
Activity: Badminton Skills
Activity: Basketball Skills
Activity: Bowling Skills
Activity: Football Skills
Activity: Hockey Skills
Activity: Netball Skills
Activity: Rugby Skills
Activity: Table Tennis Skills
Activity: Tennis Skills
Activity: Trampolining Skills 1: Learning the basics
Activity: Trampolining Skills 2: Developing further skills
Activity: Volleyball Skills
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