Many parents in Singapore assume children will naturally know how to run, throw, jump and catch, but experts say this is not true. For young children, aged 2.5 to 6, fundamental movement skills must first be taught.
What are fundamental movement skills?
Children develop gross motor skills which are fundamental movement skills related to large muscle groups such as the arms, legs, feet and the entire body first - before developing fine motor skills. Fine motor skills involve learning how to use the hands and fingers for small movements such as writing and playing an instrument.
Early childhood is the best time to learn fundamental movement skills because:
Ready group (2.5 to 3 years)
Emphasis is on learning gross motor skills and listening skills. At this stage, your child will learn how to concentrate and listen, follow directions, take turns and participate.
Greater focus on developing gross motor skills (through locomotor and non-locomotor activities). Your child also begins to learn fine motor skills such as hand-eye and foot-eye activities, balance and posture.