From Rolling to Gliding

“I started doing Move to Learn with my year 3 class this year. I think that we may be ready to move on from the first movement to the second. How do I know that they’re really ready?”

Move to Learn is a classroom-based movement program which integrates primitive reflexes, helping children to reach their full potential.

The question of when to progress to the next movement in the sequence is one that I get asked often by educators.

Rolling is the first movement and the one that you’re likely to be stuck on for the longest duration of time. It’s also the one that takes up the most space in your day! However, please don’t rush it. Each movement within the Move to Learn sequence builds the necessary foundations for the next, in the same way that this process evolves for a baby.

Several key signs that a child has mastered rolling and is ready to move on are:

  • The movement is done with ease and control

  • It can be done at a slow speed (this demonstrates greater mastery than rolling fast)

  • Rolling is straight

  • All parts of the body are making contact with the ground

  • The rolling has a spiral quality to it, rather than a log roll ‘ker-plunk’

  • Experimentation is possible- leading with shoulder and leading with the hip

What you’re looking for is proficiency in the majority of your class group. It’s unlikely to reach a stage where all students are ready to move on at once. However, here are some hacks which ensure that moving on won’t leave an individual behind:

  • Revisit the previous movement as a whole group once a week.

  • Ask the child to do some rolling at home (this is the type of homework that I do support!). By year 3 this is should be possible even without family help.

  • If there’s access to the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) or an ESO/SSO, start these sessions with rolling.

Remaining ‘stuck’ on the first movement may be an early sign that the child needs more intensive professional assistance from an Occupational Therapist. For many children, Move to Learn is enough to fill in the gaps in their foundation skills and get them in a position where they’re ready to reach their full potential. For others, it reveals where deeper challenges may lie.

The movement that follows rolling is Gliding on the Stomach. Give it a go. If most of the children find it a real struggle, that’s your best sign to stick with the rolling for a little longer. If most show early signs of success, stick with it!

Hey, reader! If you’ve been using Move to Learn at home or in your setting, inspire others by commenting with 1 benefit you’ve noticed from using the program.

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