PMP (Perceptual Motor Program)
PMP is an extremely important and highly valued program which is offered to all F-2 students. In order for a child to learn, the mind and body must work together, this is why a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) is important in the early years. This program focuses on developing the whole child rather than just the motor skill. PMP connects students with a variety of exercises and physical activities that are targeted at improving their perception, as well as their fine and gross motor skills. By providing our students with this program it develops greater levels of body control and encourages greater effort in all areas of the school curriculum. Research suggests that students who possess well developed perceptual-motor skills enjoy better coordination, greater body awareness, stronger intellectual skills, and a more positive self-image.
PMP plays an essential role in the learning of reading and writing. The program also encourages the development of the child and their relationship with their peers and the surrounding environment. It aids concentration and reasoning and gives a sound basis for future formal learning. PMP enhances brain development by stimulating the five senses through movement. The key areas of development through PMP are:
Gross motor skills – the acquisition of large scale movements eg: walking, running, jumping, skipping, climbing and moving in and out of positions.
Fine motor skills – the acquisition of small scale movements eg: performing building tasks, isolating various fingers, using tools, copying precise actions movements, counting claps, steps, jumps, etc…. These skills are relevant to the development of mathematical abilities.