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Motor Development and Academic Success

Most educators take for granted how our bodies operate, and how the experiences of our bodies teach us to understand the world around us. Without the incredible and finely tuned machine called our body, our brain would be at a loss to describe the world. Our ability to see, touch, feel, hear, move, and control ourselves in relationship to the environment is the slate that academic learning is etched on (Athena Oden, Ready Bodies, Learning Minds). Motor skills are necessary for academic tasks such as reading, writing, speaking as well as for behaviors such as sitting still, paying attention and working diligently.