Working on psychomotor skills is very important for the integral development of students. It helps to form their motor, social and emotional skills from a very early age. In addition, at Casvi International American School we work on psychomotor skills through creativity.
The students of Pre-K1, Pre-K2 and Kindergarten have two hours of psychomotricity per week taught by the teacher Álvaro Amor.
Psychomotricity is a technique or discipline to help children to develop their body movement, their relationship with others. Also, it helps to control their emotions and knowledge integrating everything together. It is divided into two parts: motor and psychic. The union of both gives rise to the process of integral development of people. As Piaget’s theory states: “intelligence is built from the motor activity of children”.
Álvaro Amor, a teacher specialized in psychomotor skills, focuses his classes so that students work on psychomotor skills through creativity. To do so, he proposes exercises of free creation of movement or spatial mobility. Also, mime work in which children have to imitate figures or animals. Even theater activities such as role-playing games in which students can learn to express their emotions.
Working on psychomotor skills has a multitude of benefits:
– Strengthens muscle tone. By working on gross motor skills, children will have greater control of their movements while strengthening their muscles.
– Helps to improve balance. They will be able to remain stable whether they are standing or moving, but they will also learn to maintain their balance after performing a movement such as braking after running or jumping.
– It improves their coordination and they learn to orient themselves in space. In this way, they will become aware of their surroundings and the position of their body in relation to space. Gradually able to react to external stimuli in the space around them.
– They know their own body. They discover their body schema, thus distinguishing the right and left areas of their body. They also learn to control and coordinate small movements with their fingers and toes.
– Is good for their social relationships. In many activities, cooperation and teamwork are necessary. Therefore, it helps them to relate to the rest of their classmates.