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1 Jump Around: Motor Development for Babies and Toddlers Danielle King: Branch Manager Lauren Mathur: Branch Librarian Debra Winslow: Youth Program Specialist

2 Overview The Orange County Library System created three unique and fun programs that increase a child s: awareness sensitivity basic movement hand-eye coordination social skills

3 Programs Baby Bash sensory development (felt boards, art, music) Bubble Playtime motor skills (jumping, grasping, walking, dancing) SMART Start cognitive thinking and scientific/mathematic problem solving (science, math, art)

4 Child Developmental Milestones Motor and physical development fall into two categories: Gross Motor Development large muscle work (rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, running) Fine Motor Development smaller muscle work (grasping, drawing, writing, eating, dressing) These milestones go hand-in-hand with social, language, and cognitive development. CDC- Milestone Moments Campaign

5 0 6 Months By 6 months, child should be able to: Movement: Lift/hold head up, bring hand to mouth, hold a toy Social: Looks at parents/self in mirror, smiles, copies some movements Language: Babbles, turns head to sound Cognitive: Follows things with eyes, pays attention to faces and recognizes familiar people

6 7 12 Months By 12 months, a child should be able to: Movement: Sits without help, bounces, crawls, pulls to stand, walks while holding on, claps Social: Shy/afraid of strangers, has favorite toy, hands books and toys Language: Points, makes noises, shakes head yes and no, says mama/dada Cognitive: watches things as they fall, plays peek-a-boo, puts toys In mouth, moves things from hand to hand, picks things up, explores items by shaking/banging/throwing, puts things in containers, follows simple instructions

7 Baby Bash Monthly program for babies up to one 20 minutes, with extra social time after Each program focuses on one skill Familiarizes baby with library at young age

8 Baby Bash Sensory Development Sensory boards Finger paint Texture play (bean bags, felt pieces, water) Motor development Music (maracas, tambourines) Baby sign language Dance Song games Parachute

9 12 24 Months By 2, a child should be able to: Movement: Walks, points, runs, eats with spoon, can help get dressed, stands on tiptoes, kicks/throws a ball, climbs, draws straight lines Social: hands things, plays games, explores, clings, copies, shows independence, includes others in play Language: says several words and sentences, shakes head no, points to what they want, repeats words, knows names for familiar things Cognitive: knows what things are, follows verbal commands, sorts shapes/colors, completes sentences/rhymes, plays make believe, builds with blocks, follows instructions

10 By 3, a child should be able to: 2 3 Years Movement: Climbs, runs, pedals a tricycle Social: Shows affection for friends, takes turns in games, shows a range of emotions, understands mine/his/hers, likes routine Language: Follows instruction, can name familiar things, carries a conversation, says name and age Cognitive: Can use buttons, levers, and moving parts; turns pages in books, builds towers with blocks, turns door handles, completes puzzles

11 Bubble Playtime Monthly program Builds gross and fine motor development skills Partnership with the University of Central Florida s Sports, Exercise & Science Club.

12 Bubble Playtime Benefits of Bubbles: Reflective movement converted into coordinated/purposeful activities Locomotor reflexes into voluntary locomotion Builds hand-eye coordination Ballistic skills

13 Bubble Playtime Motor Development Dance Body Awareness Jumping Bubbles Fly Swatters- Ballistic Language Development Active books Songs Social interaction Sensory Development Bubbles

14 Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards The Office of Early Learning for the State of Florida has developed the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for parents, caregivers, and teachers. Standards are similar to the CDC s, but more specific to Florida goals.

15 Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards Three-Year-Olds Fine Motor Development Demonstrates increasing control of small muscles Shows improving eye-hand coordination Uses various drawing and art tools with developing coordination Mathematical Thinking Demonstrates interest in mathematical problem solving Sorts objects into groups by one characteristic Shows knowledge of numbers and counting Recognizes some geometric shapes Shows beginning understanding of spatial relationships and position words Demonstrates beginning ability to compare and contrast Engages in activities that explore measurement

16 Three-Year-Olds Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards Scientific Thinking Uses senses to collect information through observation and exploration Begins to use simple tools for observing and investigating Begins to compare objects The Arts Uses many different creative art materials to express and explore Shows understanding and appreciation of artistic creations or events

17 SMART Start Designed for children ages 2-4 where science, math and art are incorporated into early learning experiences Hands-on learning in a sensory rich environment Emphasis is placed on the process of art and not the finished product. Uses parent participation

18 Benefits of Art Builds fine motor skills Enhances memory skills Develops hand-eye coordination Increases attention Encourages logic and reasoning Incorporating Mathematical and Scientific Thinking by Exploration Comparing, organizing, sorting and sequencing Measuring Recognizing patterns and shapes Observing, predicting, asking questions, understanding cause and effect Planning, designing, constructing, experimenting

19 Conclusion The library gives children the opportunity to develop and hone skills through play. Play-based-learning leads to success and self-esteem. The programs were developed to intentionally support developmental skills.

20 Other Programs Artsy Toddler: art program for toddlers Wonderworks: science program for preschoolers Books to Boogie: book and movement program for toddlers through preschool

21 Contact Information Danielle King: Lauren Mathur: Debra Winslow:

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