Blog and Social Media

Here you will find my blog and social media posts. Find me on Twitter @SwailesRuth.


Upper Body and Shoulder Girdle Strength

In this blog I want to explore one of the areas which I find is often overlooked in the early years classroom. The development of upper body strength and the development of the shoulder girdle.



In this blog I will explore proprioception - what it is, why it's important and what teachers and parents can do to help develop it in young children.


I like to move it!

McPhillips et al (2000) noted that children who experience difficulties with reading also have difficulties with balance and motor control, so it is vital that teachers understand the impact of physical development on children’s cognitive development. Over the course of the next few blogs I will focus on different aspects of physical development, and how teachers of young children can support them to develop these areas so that learning is a pleasure and a joy rather than a pain and a chore, I hope you find them useful.


Babies are not dogs

Babies are not dogs. It seems a fairly obvious thing to say, doesn’t it? In fact, if you’d asked me what the title of my first blog would be, I don’t think I’d have dreamt in a million years of that one. Yet, here we are.