BRIDGING THE GAP
Many children enter our classrooms today unready for formal learning. The simplest things trip them up... having to sit still and listen... being unable to hold a pencil correctly... coping with multiple instructions at once, and on and on.
And while this presents challenges for early learners and teachers, the bigger consequences may have much farther reach. Early frustration and feelings of failure can result in low self-esteem, fear/dislike of the formal learning environment, and underachievement throughout the school years. Helping children bridge the gap between the playful, rough ‘n tumble world of preschool life and the disciplined world of the classroom will pay dividends for all of the learning years ahead.
Quite often, those early challenges in the classroom can be mis-diagnosed as misbehavior or redressed with “formal learning” techniques for which children may not yet be ready. For instance, a child’s inability to sit still and listen may have less to do with his lack of discipline than a lack of vestibular stimulation. A child’s poor pencil grip may have less to do with the number of hours she’s held a crayon in her hand, than the number of hours she’s spent on the monkeybars.
By understanding the “learning nexus” between a young child’s brain and body, PMP works to develop childrens physical motor skills that provide the foundations necessary for success in their early school years – while equipping educators with a new set of diagnostic tools and remediation techniques to help children make the leap to a lifetime of learning.