When you look at a Tike, academic grades of your children are not the first thing to cross your mind. Cool, stylish and fun are probably more apt.
Who would have guessed then that using a TIKE as a toddler could be helping your child achieve at school in years to come.
The best way to ensure children can achieve academically with less effort is to hone motor skills in early childhood. Dr. Jean Piaget, a Swiss child psychologist and biologist, recognised that for children, sensory-motor intelligence represents the foundation for and integration of a child’s later ability to abstract, generalise, analyse, and synthesise natural and social phenomenon. In other words, a child’s ability to understand the world around him and communicate with others is based on early, adequate sensory and motor-skill development and integration, as well as stable emotional development.
A strong and well developed posture and movement (gross motor skills) form the basis for developing age-appropriate speech, language and behaviour. Which inturn form the foundation for later movement skills, such as drawing or writing and as adults when performing complex and high-precision motor activities like those of surgeons, airplane pilots, violinists, figure skaters, etc.
A well-trained and developed sense of balance and coordinated movement are also fundamental skills in developing attention spans, in concentrating and remaining focused for a long time when learning and communicating.
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