1 Watch Me
Move My Body!
Children will demonstrate specific body movements (for example, lifting
their legs or waving their arms).
Children will recognize body parts associated with specific movements (for
example, fingers for wiggling and arms and hands for throwing a ball).
Children will recognize and show acceptance of different physical abilities.
Physical development and movement skills are the foundation for much of
what young children do throughout the day. Movement helps children develop
physically, cognitively, and emotionally; children move to learn and learn to
move. Children grow and develop at their own individual rates. Children vary in
height, weight, and motor development. During the preschool years, children’s
body proportions change, and children begin to develop a greater sense of bal-
ance and more control of large-muscle movements, such as running, jumping,
and climbing. Fine-motor development also develops more fully during the early
years as children begin to throw and catch balls, hold crayons, and manipulate
The development of movement skills is sequential, starting with the head,
moving down to the feet, and then progressing from the center of the body to the
extremities. Of the extremities, children develop movement coordination with
their arms and hands first and then their legs and feet. Physical movement skills
further develop as children grow older and practice. Instruction and practice
are essential for children to further develop their movement skills. For example,