Physical Development

Physical development refers to a child’s gross and fine motor skills. To increase strength, muscle control and coordination, the child requires adequate nutrition and fitness levels.

Physical development in children follows a directional pattern (Bayley, 1993). Large muscles develop before small muscles. Mother Goose Time curriculum actively engages a child’s mind and body through multidisciplinary activities that invite children to touch, climb, crawl, and manipulate objects and ideas.

Physical Development Skills and Skill Goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum include:


4. Gross Motor
4.1 Builds strength and balance
4.2 Coordinates large movements
5. Fine Motor
5.1 Control small movements
5.2 Uses drawing and writing tools
6. Health and Safaty
6.1 Make healthy food and exercise choices
6.2 Practices good hygiene
6.3 demonstrates safe practices

Developmental Skill Continuum

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