The main aim of this thread is to "build physical strength to help with concentration and the ability to hold and manoeuvre the writing tool for extended periods of time without tiring" (Margaret Williamson)
Through a series of different activities, the children will develop their;
These 'animal' positions are used throughout the School day e.g. sitting in the Gorilla position for the Teacher's input, waiting in line for Assembly in the Penguin position, answering the register in the Meerkat position.
The children can also be encouraged to use these positions at home e.g. watching the television or using their tablet whilst in the Lizard position, listening to a story in the Lion position, reading their reading book in the Gorilla position.
Optimal Floor Working Position
During our Kinetic Letter lessons (and for some of our other lessons), we position ourselves in the 'optimal floor working position' or 'Lizard position' as known by the children!
This position provides stability with a strong pelvic girdle, supports the upper body with a strong shoulder girdle and arms and wrist are kept in the correct position by the weight of the body. Children like working in this position as they find it comfortable laying on their tummy, it supports their concentration as they are all facing in the same direction in their own space and it supports and builds their physical strength.