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Aug. 31, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU offers children's movement class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shelly Klinek, assistant professor physical education at Slippery Rock University, sees her newly revised children's movement class as a "Win-Win" for everyone involved.

"It's a 'Win' for the young children involved as they learn movement and motor skill development and enhance their cognitive skills, and it's a 'Win' for the SRU students enrolled in my "Movement Education" course as they gain hands-on experience they will need as future teachers to help youngsters develop," she said.

Parents interested in enrolling their child, ages 2 to 6, in the program should contact Klinek at 724.738.4569 to obtain a registration form. The free Movement Education Gross Motorsize and Cognitive Children's Program is open to all faculty and staff as well as those in the local community.

Sessions will be offered from 8:15-9 a.m., Oct. 25 and Nov. 14, in Morrow Field House.

"This is an on-campus service learning movement education program offering a variety of developmentally appropriate activities for children with and without disabilities between the ages of 2-6. It serves as a hands-on experience for SRU physical education, special education, early childhood education and elementary education majors enrolled in the 'Movement Education' course and as an early childhood education enrichment program for gross motor coordination," Klinek said.

This program is directly connected to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten, she said.

"Each session will begin with a large-group warm-up cognitive activity performed to music in the 'Caring Circle,' then, the children, with their assigned teacher, will join in with a large- or a small-group activity in the gymnasium. The emphasis of this program is to provide preschool-age children with many developmentally appropriate movement and cognitive activities suitable for their age and experience," Klinek said.

The activities are child-centered and rich in problem-solving, exploring and brain-based learning and gross motor coordination, she said.

Examples of gross motorsize skill themes will include, throwing and catching, traveling, balance challenges, jumping challenges, cooperative games, brain-enriched movements to help with attention, focus and academics among other skills.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.