8 CHAPTER 1
four-year-old children often run with their feet flat on the ground. As they grow
older and develop movement skills, their legs and feet become better coordi-
nated, and they begin to run more rhythmically on the balls of their feet.
CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT
Designate play spaces, both indoors and outdoors, that are large enough
to accommodate all the children so they have freedom of movement. Areas
should be obstacle-free to prevent tripping. Inspect your play area daily, and
remove debris or other potential hazards (for example, stinging insects).
Provide a variety of materials and toys (for example, balls, scarves, hoops,
and steps) that facilitate a range of movements.
EVALUATION Do children use familiar movements (for example, wiggling fingers or
waving arms) in creative ways when demonstrated?
Do children try variations of body movements (for example, a big wave of
the whole arm or a small wave of the hand)?
Do children move specific body parts when instructed (for example, when
doing the “Hokey Pokey”)?
Do children identify specific movements and skills (for example, jumping,
running, and skipping) that they do well or are improving?
Do children encourage one another when performing or trying movements?