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MOVE Into Summer With Great Books!

by Rebecca Lancaster, Guest Contributor

Learning about the movement of the body when completing certain activities has always been an interest for me. Being a D1 soccer committed athlete, body movement is very important to me. I hope to become a physical therapist where I can treat and help patients of all ages so that they can get back to doing the sport they love or simple activities that they couldn’t do before.

When learning about the movement of the body sometimes it is best to start from the beginning. I have chosen three children's books that I think provide the best visualization and learning experience for kids. These books are all different but have one thing in common: movement. I know that the best way for kids to learn is by going to school and interacting with others. This pandemic has been a difficult challenge for many, but these books are a great way to get kids engaged and learning independently.

Waddle by Rufus Butler Seder

This children's book includes an animal on every page. Each animal has a certain movement that depicts who they are (penguins waddle, bunnies hop etc.) While the book speaks about the animal movement, it is a great way for children to copy and imitate movements. When children become of age they usually begin with crawling and then move onto walking...then jumping, and so on. It can be easier to understand the idea of these activities from reading this book. During the pandemic it may be hard for young kids to find things to do as school was their way of learning. Reading books like this one can help children learn independently.