ERIC Number: ED331799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Important Early Years: Intelligence through Movement Experiences.
It is generally recognized that early childhood experiences are extremely important for human development. The development of rational thinking, attention span, and ability to memorize in the first years of life are very much dependent upon motor experiences gained through exploring and comprehending. Early learning experiences should not be forced upon the child, but should develop through self-discovery, play with others, and personal challenges. Uninhibited movement experiences, rather than regimented or forced activities, produce the essential and lasting curiosity and thirst for knowledge necessary for human creativity. Within this context, the 28 chapters of this book discuss the following topics: spontaneity and sureness of movement; keen perceptual awareness; orientation in space; rational visualization and creativity in movement; comprehension of situations and independent reaction. The content covers prenatal through age 8, with a heavy focus on preprimary years. The book provides a variety of suggestions on how to promote a child's own competence, starting with the first year of life. (AMH)
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Creative Development, Health Education, Intellectual Development, Motor Development, Neonates, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Perceptual Development, Perceptual Motor Learning, Play, Playground Activities, Young Children
Publications Sales, AAHPERD, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, VA.
Note: Originally published in German, 1986.