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THE KINETIC SCALE: Beyond Gross & Fine Motor

Well, it's official! A Moving Child Is a Learning Child is in print!

Here's a little preview

In our new book, you'll see we're introducing a brand new tool we haven't talked about yet here on the blog. We call it THE KINETIC SCALE, going beyond gross and fine motor to better understand how movement fuels the body and the brain for learning. (Oh, and health and fitness too!)

I like to think of The Kinetic Scale as the food pyramid for movement. Ibreaks movement down into its essential "nutrients," making it easy to see and understand what's happening in children's development. And of course, once you know what goes into it, it's easy (and fun!) to create a "well balanced diet" of movement kids need each day.

We'll talk more about The Kinetic Scale and how to use it in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, once again, Cheryl and I would like to thank all of you for your inspiration, support, and encouragement in bringing A Moving Child Is A Learning Child to life.

(And by the way, the next time someone asks you to sound serious on a playground full of kids, tell them that's a seriously silly idea!)

Image from A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, copyright © 2013. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 800-735-7323; www.freespirit.com <http://www.freespirit.com> . All rights reserved.


  1. Gill, This is so exciting! As an avid "mover and shaker" when it comes to children's learning and growth, I am looking forward to hearing more about your Kinetic Movement Scale! Great idea!

  2. This is a book that I have been so anxious to share with EVERYONE!! I am starting by sharing with it participants in my workshop at NAEYC tomorrow and will not stop sharing!! Sincere appreciation to you Gill and Cheryl for the dedication, knowledge and caring you provide for the benefit of adults who care about children!! Most importantly....Growing brains thank you!!!