This past summer, SWSM’s gym/yoga teacher Ms. Amanda started her training to become a Montessori directress. As part of the training, she was instructed in Perceptual Motor Development or PMD for short. PMD is a natural process by which young children explore the world through their body sensory apparatus and bodily movements working together.
Ms. Amanda soon realized that the activities the children were doing during their gym class were already meeting the definition of PMD. Using a variety of materials from the school, stations are set up where children perform specific tasks which focus on things such as eye-hand coordination, core strength, balance, and cross body movement.
Games can still be played, and the tasks are still made fun. But gone are the days where we play duck duck goose or red rover. By using PMD instead, the teacher observes a child’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. The skills listed above can also be built on by allowing children to do everyday activities around the house on their own. Putting on their own coat, taking off their own shoes and helping adults prepare dinner are all things that will help make these skills stronger.
Go here to read more about the characteristics of motor development.