The book seeks to help early childhood educators and parents in very practical ways and provides guidance based on a sound theoretical understanding.

What is Movement?

What is movement?

Everything that we discover about life, we discover through movement. Light waves reach the eye, sound waves contact the ear. Both smell and taste involve movement. Above all, our capacity to touch and move to gain further experience, confirms our awareness.

(Hodgson 2001: 172)

This chapter provides a theoretical framework which serves as a reference point, or identity kit, for the many examples of children's activities which illustrate subsequent chapters of this book. It also provides a way of thinking about, supporting, enriching and recording children's movement for all those concerned with early childhood education.

The indivisibility of movement from human functioning may be one of the reasons why its importance in terms of child development is not always given the serious recognition ...

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