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ERIC Number: ED432733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 17
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Children Who Desperately Want To Read, But Are Not Working at Grade Level: Use Movement Patterns As "Windows" To Discover Why. Part II: The Transverse Midline.
Corso, Marjorie
This paper discusses a multi-part longitudinal study which compared the developmental movement levels and the academic learning level in young children, noting that the relationship between movement education and academic education is based on the assumption that both realms of learning are dependent on the adequate development of the brain. The paper states that the focus in this part of the study is on the transverse midline. It explains that the concept of body-space awareness is that the transverse midline divides the upper part of the body from the lower part of the body; in paper-space awareness the transverse midline divides the upper half of the paper from the bottom half of the paper. The paper reports that there are some children in every primary classroom who desperately want to learn to read and write, but they are not working up to grade level. This study suggests that children who have not mastered the coordination of their arms and legs in movement patterns have poor work habits and poor organizational skills in the classroom. The paper describes the process of developing the physiology of the brain and nervous system by starting with large muscle movements and proceeding to the small muscle movements. It also suggests how classroom teachers should proceed with children with organizational problems and outlines the types of activities and skills these children should practice. Contains several illustrations and 21 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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