Wednesday, 31 December 2014

3 things I am looking forward to in 2015

by The Chief (Wee Lee)...

In today's post, I want to share the 3 things I am looking forward to in 2015. 

1) Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore - an improved version in 2015
So we have done some great things in 2014 and we have made some boo-boos as well. From my perspective, its important to make mistakes, because through this we can then work on things to improve. 

And so we will continue to put in elbow grease and work hard to improve on what we do well. We run fun, engaging and high energy classes that help pre-schoolers improve their motor skills.

I hope you will have a chance to bring your child to one of our classes (or maybe they go to such a class in the childcare/kindergarten they are at) and see this for yourself.

Join us at a Ready Steady Go Kids 
class in 2015


2) More pre-school classes
Do you know we also run classes at childcare centres and kindergartens across Singapore? As of January, we will be at more than 20 centres and there will be more to come for the rest of 2015.

This is exciting for us as we get more opportunities to work with pre-schoolers - helping them develop fundamental movement skills as well as a love a sports. My hope is that we instil in them a life-long love for an active lifestyle. They may not become star athletes but at least they will love being active. Hopefully they see the benefits of exercising and will do it regularly, even as they grow older.

image from 123rf.com/Lorelyn Medina


3) Giving back
By end of 2014, we will have been in Singapore for 2.5 years. I am working with the team and also with the Ready Steady Go Kids partners in Singapore to find a way to give back. We want to not just be another business in Singapore. We want to contribute back to the  country and her people. Watch this space - there will be more news on this in the coming months.

image from 123rf.com/ilyaka1972


That's my list of 3... what is yours for 2015? Well whatever it is, I hope that 2015 will be filled with peace, happiness and success for you. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from us 
(image partially from vectoropenstock)





Tuesday, 9 December 2014

SPECIAL FREE TRIAL

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

Its the end of Term 4 and the end of our lessons for 2014... but we have decided to do a little SURPRISE for this Sunday, 14th December - we will have a SPECIAL FREE TRIAL...

Venue: The Cage Kallang (near McDonalds / KFC at the National Stadium area)
Time: 5.15pm to 6.00pm
Age group: 5 to 7 year old (for those turning 5, 6 or 7 in 2015)

Venue: Kovan Sports Centre
Time: 4.15pm to 5.00pm (4 to 6 year olds), 5.15pm to 6.00pm (2.5 to 4 year olds)

And this is NOT just a regular FREE trial lesson, but a final chance to give it a try and sign up for the full Term 1 2015. Oh, and yes, there is going to be a goodie bag for all of you who turn up!

So fun, and we are so looking forward to it... contact us to register. You can email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or call/sms us at 9855-8221. Please let us have your name, mobile/email address and your child's name & date-of-birth and we will send you an email to confirm your slot in the trial.

Hurry, don't wait - contact us now... its only 6 days away!


COME JOIN US on Sunday!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Healthy, happy children are active children


This article has been taken with permission from Ready Steady Go Kids Head Office in Australia - it first appeared on their website on 26th March 2012. Some parts might have been adjusted to make the content relevant to Singapore.


As a parent, is there really any greater joy than watching your mini-me racing around, healthy and active? As we watch we see them reach those exciting milestones, testing their bodies to the limit, developing confidence and growing strong. They’re clearly enjoying themselves; grinning from ear to ear. “Look Mum, see how fast I can run!” …“Hey Dad, look how far I kicked it this time!” The sheer joy and exhilaration is contagious.



Going all in for a BIG kick!

No TV program, Wii, Playstation or DS game can compete with how fantastic kids feel after a bout of physical activity. But sadly, too often, sitting in front of a screen wins out.

One news report after the next talks about how childhood obesity and other health problems related to inactivity are on the rise. Sure, we recognise there’s an issue, but are we doing anything to help? As parents it is up to us to do something about this. Our kids want to be active so let’s make the most of this and teach them good habits from the start.

It’s time for us to unite, drag our kids away from the screens and show them that physical activity is the best kind of fun you can have. With the right encouragement, they’ll catch on pretty quickly. And soon enough it won’t only be their button-pressing little fingers getting a workout; it’ll be their bodies and minds, and we bet they’ll be happier for it!

No matter whether you’ve been attending our classes for a while, or you’ve only just enrolled, you’ll know that organised exercise classes like Ready Steady Go Kids are a fantastic way for kids aged 2.5–6 years old to get involved in sport. You can contact us to find out more about registering for a trial lesson. Our multi-sport program develops basic motor skillsgood listening habits and self-esteem while teaching kids about teamwork in a supportive, non-competitive environment that kids enjoy.


Get sporty and learn the basics with us

But the best thing about the program by far, is that the kids have so much fun running, racing, bouncing, kicking and hanging out with their peers. And they’re tuckered out afterwards, which as any parent on the planet knows, is also a HUGE added bonus!

The fun they’re having is setting the foundation for a positive attitude towards sports and physical activity. Yep, exercise can be fun, and our participants are learning this early on. What’s more, children who participate in our classes are invariably more confident, social, coordinated, respectful and ready to learn by the time they get to school. Essentially, the skills they are taught during participation in organised sports are those pivotal life lessons. Giving children this head start in life is our goal, and we’re pretty sure that, at this stage, it’s yours too!

So, c’mon – get them out there and active doing what kids are designed to do. Together we can ensure that our generation of kids is the healthiest and happiest yet!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Fitter Kids, Smarter Kids

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)


Fitter kids really do better. Physiologically, fitter kids have larger brain structures. Academically, fitter kids are smarter kids – they perform better at school.

Several research studies have pointed to a positive correlation between high level of physical fitness, cognition and academic performance among American and Australian elementary and middle school students. 

Researchers from the California Department of Education studied nearly one million grade five, seven and nine students in 2002. 

Finding: Students with higher level of physical fitness had higher SAT-9 scores, particularly, in reading and mathematics. 

Researchers from the Australian National University studied 757 children from age 8 to 12 in 29 elementary schools in 2012 (Pediatric Exercise Science 2012).

Finding: Fitter kids are smarter kids. They had higher literacy and numeracy scores.  

Researchers from the Michigan State University, USA studied 312 sixth to eighth grade students at a West Michigan school (Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2012).

Finding: The fittest children had the best grades and test scores.

Some researchers however, stressed that for physical activity to have a positive impact on a student’s academic performance, it must be aerobic in nature and of sufficient level of intensity and duration. 

Physical Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Fitter kids do make smarter kids. Aim for three hours of movement or physical exercise a day if your child is under five. 


Get fit today! 
(image from 123rf.com/iimages)


Developing Locomotor skills 

Get your child to try different kinds of walk: walk fast, walk slow and walk on tip toes

Play chasing games to get your child running from one point to another 

Get your child to imitate the physical movements of animals. For instance, ask your child to gallop like a horse in the playground or hop like a kangaroo.



Developing Manipulative skills 

• Get your child to create objects using Lego sets and construction toys

Practise ball skills with your child. Get your child to throw a ball and catch it from you  

Encourage your child to build the highest tower by stacking up wooden blocks




Go out there and throw!

Developing Balance skills 

Two fun exercises to help your preschooler develop balance and coordination skills:

Animal Action

Get your child to imitate the actions of different animals such as hopping on all fours like a rabbit, flapping your arms like a bird and “flying” around obstacles, or sliding on the ground like a snake.


Pedaling

Teach your preschooler how to pedal with their feet on a bicycle. Provide physical help as your child as they learn to balance and pedal. 


Too busy to have more play time with your kids? Enrolling your preschooler in a physical exercise programme that progressively introduces sports and physical activities of increasing intensity will ensure that your child gets sufficient physical activity - to be fitter and smarter kids.




Sources:

http://johnratey.typepad.com/SattelRatey.pdf 

http://activeforlife.com/activities/


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206131830.htm

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Free trial lesson in November (selected classes)

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

Free trial class this week at Kallang and Kovan...

Date: 6th November
Venue: The Cage Kallang (near McDonalds / KFC at the National Stadium area)
Time: 5.15pm to 6.00pm

Date: 9th November
Venue: Kovan Sports Centre
Time: 4.15pm to 5.00pm (4 to 6 year olds), 5.15pm to 6.00pm (2.5 to 4 year olds)



Come and join us at Kallang on Thursdays

We need you to register as we limit the class size to a maximum of 12. Please email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg.

If you have not been to our website yet to learn more about our programme, you can click here.

Hurry, hurry, don't wait to take this chance and get a FREE trial lesson! Email us today.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

December party specials

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

We are planning something special for you in December! Our usual party package of 3 trainers and 2 sports for 20 kids (aged 3 to 7), all in 1 hour, will be discounted for the holiday season.


The offer is so good, you probably want to organise this just to get your kids and their friends out for some exercise and not necessarily for a birthday party. Maybe its just a sporty party for fun? How does that sound?


Sporty Party anyone? 
(image from 123rf.com/iimages)

Discounts of more than 50% will be given (terms & conditions apply, please check with us) and you can even choose the sport for that hour. Why not book 2 hours and have 2 different sports?

Well, email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg and put "DECEMBER PARTY!" in the title and we will answer all your questions. First come, first served so do drop us an email today.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

December Holidays are coming...

by TOG (The Office Gal)



Hi everyone!

We are bringing our sporty and fun holiday programme back in December. 2 different locations this time round - 8th to 12th December at The Cage Kallang and 15th to 19th December at The Cage Sports Park Bukit Timah.



Come join us!


5 days of sporty fun infused with plenty of laughter, learning, development and making friends... here are more details: 
  • Theme: Sports & Nature
  • Camp starts at 9am and ends at 2pm daily. 
  • Sports covered (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday): Football, Rugby, T-ball, Athletics. We will start with basics and drills, and end with games, circuits and relays.
  • Excursion Wednesday - we will visit Hort Park and find out more about outdoors and nature.
  • Open to children aged 4 to 9 years old (must be toilet trained).
  • Light snacks and a healthy Lunch will be provided.
  • Limited to 15 children per class, with 3 trainers so teacher:student ratios will be low.


Run, run, run and sign up for our 
Holiday Programme now! 
(image from 123rf.com/iimages)


If you sign up just for 1 child, the fees are $450 (no GST).

But if you sign up for 2 or more children (friends and family welcomed), the fees are $420 per child.

To register a slot for your child, email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or call us at 9855-8221. Do it today if you don't want to be disappointed!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Developing Gross Manipulative Skills in Preschool Children

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)


Movement comes naturally to children. But chlldren need a strong foundation in fundamental movement skills to enjoy games and sports as adolescents and adults. Besides locomotor skills, children need to master gross manipulative skills. 

What are gross manipulative skills?

Gross manipulative skills involve learning how to handle and control objects with the hands. These include throwing, catching, kicking, striking, bouncing and underarm roll. 


Throwing a ball well requires 
techniques that can be taught



Why are gross manipulative skills important for preschool children?

They help a child develop object control and dexterity of the hands. A child first learns how to throw a ball, but the throw is aimless. The child then progresses to throwing the ball accurately in a specific direction.

Object control gives a preschooler confidence to participate in future sports activities that utilise ball skills such as softball, cricket and basketball.

Preschool children with good manipulative skills have better sense of balance, coordination and movement.

Development of gross manipulative skills by age

Preschool children develop manipulative skills progressively. Compare your child’s development against this simplified checklist:


By Age One

Your child is able to grasp, pick up small object with one hand, and release it.


By Age Two

Your preschooler can:

Throw ball overhand using two hands while standing 

Catch large bounced ball against the body with straight arms

Kick a stationary ball


By Age Three 

Your preschooler shows more manipulative skills and is able to:

Use outstretched arms to catch a large ball thrown to them at short distance 

Rotate the trunk/body to increase force for throwing

Kick a stationary ball forcibly

Execute an overhand throw (important object control skill used in sports activities such as baseball and basketball)



Kicking is fun but mastering 
it requires practice


By Age Four 

Your preschooler does all the above and performs additional manipulative skills:

Roll a ball underhand 

Toss a ball underhand 

Bounce a ball


By Age Five

Your preschool child shows increased dexterity of the hands:

Catch a small ball with outstretched arms

Throw ball high up into the air and catch it most of the time.

Kick stationary ball with force and in required direction

Kick moving ball while running

Execute overarm and underarm throws with force and in required direction

Bounce a ball accurately


If your child is clumsy in executing any of these manipulative skills, try creating unstructured play activities using objects of different sizes and textures such as balls, scoops, frisbees and plastic crockery. 


You can sharpen your child’s manipulative skills by enrolling in a proven preschool exercise programme such as Ready Steady Go Kids.

Friday, 10 October 2014

FREE TRIAL LESSON!

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

We have started a Thursday evening class at The Cage Kallang for Term 4 and if you are keen, you can come for a trial lesson before committing to the rest of the term. 


And to make it even sweeter, come along for trial together with a buddy (from school, playmates, cousins, siblings - all are welcomed) and we will waive the usual $20 trial fee for both children!

Date: 16th October (a Thursday, of course!)
Venue: The Cage Kallang (near McDonalds / KFC at the National Stadium area)
Time: 5.15pm to 6.00pm

Come and join us at Kallang on Thursdays

We need you to register as we limit the class size to a maximum of 12. Please email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg.

If you have not been to our website yet to learn more about our programme, you can click here.

Hurry, hurry, don't wait to take this chance and get a FREE trial lesson! Email us today.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Can a child learn through play?

This article has been taken with permission from Rise & Shine - it first appeared on their website on 1st June 2014.


Parents are hearing more that play is good for young children. However, there remains a sense of ambivalence – How much can a child learn through play? Does the child need both play and rote learning? Is my child getting smarter or less smart by playing?

Indeed these are difficult questions to tackle. Parents are rightly concerned on how they have to prepare their young children given the increasingly competitiveness in primary school with a more demanding curriculum. If play is truly important, parents ought to understand better what play is all about! This article explores a child’s learning through play, with the help of Ms Polene Lam, Founder & Director of Gifted Academy and Gifted Learners Student Care.

What is Play

Play is active, enjoyable and at the heart of it, having fun while navigating life. There are many different types of play, for instance:


  1. Having fun running, jumping or dancing, also grouped as active play
  2. Playing indoors on board games, puzzles or play dough, broadly termed manipulative play
  3. Playing alone, e.g. activity books
  4. Playing with others, e.g. in pretend play or games that involve more players
Play and have fun!


How does playing help a child learn? After all, playing hide-and-seek is not going to help the child learn more difficult vocabulary. Herein comes the concept of Multiple Intelligence – that there are more intelligences other than being word smart or mathematical smart, but instead encompass being intelligent at interpersonal skills, motor skills, art, music and self-perceptiveness. Ms Polene Lam, who is an experienced educator, gave an example of how a toddler can learn and develop intelligences in various areas.

For example, listening to music and dancing connects the movement and sound with the inner world of feelings for toddlers. It also provides an opportunity for them to talk about feelings such as “Does this song sound happy or sad? (Intra-personal intelligence). Music and dance helps toddlers to learn about patterns, rhythm and differences in sounds, thus, expanding their imagination (Musical and Mathematical Intelligence). Dancing is also good for developing physical fitness, balance, coordination and movement abilities (kinesthetic intelligence). Finger plays and other nursery rhymes are also beneficial in developing language skills (Linguistic Intelligence).

Is Screen-time Playtime?

Children view what is play differently as the lifestyle and toys they have access to evolve. Today, play may mean playing on smartphone, tablet or video games. However, screen time is not advised for children below the age of 2 years. Too much screen time has been linked to childhood obesity, aggressive behavior, inability to concentrate and even physical issues like back and eye pain. Thus, parents should not view play for young children as providing them with an electronic device.

It might be tough not to expose children 
to electronics but this is NOT play 
(image from 123rf.com/yupiramos)


Parents’ Role in Play

Parents play an important supportive role in play. Apart from being the provider of the resources (be it toys, puzzles or driving to zoo), parents are involved during playtime. First and foremost, parents themselves have to be conscious of their own screen time; children who are being ignored by their parents who are always on the phone may themselves decide to be hooked onto their own phone and ignore their parents!

Parents can be involved by being a playmate, without being an instructor. Ms Polene explained a few practical tips for how parents can be an effective play mate:


  • Provide sufficient time for play. Children need time to explore an activity, make up a story and be with their playmates. They become frustrated if play is interrupted often. Inventing a game takes time. Parents should allow your children to play in sufficiently large blocks of time for imagination to develop and interactions to take place. 


  • Arrange for variety in play experiences. Different kinds of play lead to different kinds of learning experiences. Story books can help with concentration. Kicking a ball helps to develop coordination and motor skills. Role play provides for creativity development and social interaction.

  • Explore play with children. Children enjoy directing their own play much of the time but they also benefit and gain ideas from parents’ suggestions. For example, introduce your child to novel activities such as hopscotch or help your child build a pyramid out of building blocks. Your child will most likely enjoy your involvement as you play with them.

  • Respond to a child’s invitation to play. Say “yes” when your child asks you to play.
Say YES and go out and play with your child 
\(image from 123rf.com/Dmitriy Shironosov)

  • Help children have positive play interactions with others. Parents can help their child learn to have positive play interactions with other children by encouraging the child to engage with each other. Provide guidance if needed and help them in resolving concerns or disagreements if necessary.


Play indeed is important for children to learn and develop multiple intelligences and skills. Should parents find it hard to carve out ‘play’ time, try taking a creative and playful approach to find play in everyday’s activities instead!



*please note that pictures have been added by us to enhance the delivery of the message.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Term 4 2014 gets underway...

by TOG (The Office Gal)



Hi everyone!


Term 3 has just ended and we are starting Term 4 immediately... some updates on what's going on with our classes this term.

1) New classes - look out for new classes starting in Term 4:

  • Kallang (The Cage) on Thursday evenings (4.15pm to 5.00pm, 5.15pm to 6.00pm)
  • Kovan (Kovan Sports Centre) on Sunday afternoon (4.15pm to 5.00pm, 5.15pm to 6.00pm)
  • Bukit Timah (The Cage Sports Park) - additional class on Sunday morning at 11.15am to 12.00pm.
Term 4 is here!


2) Classes will run and end by early December, but we are not going into hibernation for the rest of December. Look out for more info on our Holiday Programmes planned for December. You can also write in and get a jump on everyone else - we had a few emails already!

3) We have been working hard and even had the Australian team in Singapore in August to train our team. We want to make sure we give our best and everyone gets to enjoy and benefit from the Ready Steady Go Kids programme. Look forward to more fun, more learning and more excitement this term.

We hope you are enrolled and Ready and Steady to Go... if you have yet to give us a try, don't wait any longer. Email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or call 9855-8221 to book a trial lesson.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Developing Balance Skills in Preschool Children

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)



Balancing on a low beam or one foot may look simple, but to your preschooler, it is a fundamental motor skill that needs a lot of practice to master. Effective development of locomotor skills is contingent on a child’s ability to master certain balance skills.

What are balance skills?

Good balance enables your child to control and maintain his or her body position while remaining in place or moving. Balance enables your child to hop on one foot several times or stand steadily on a moving walkway such as a travelator.

Why balance skills are important for preschool children

Balance is the fundamental motor skill underlying a preschooler’s successful participation in future physical or sports activities. Activities that require great balance: cycling, soccer, netball, gymnastics 

Being able to maintain balance gives a child confidence to enjoy complex physical movements such as dance, ballet, skating and skateboarding. 

A child must be able to master certain balance skills before progressing to locomotor skills. For example, running with a ball and stopping to kick it requires balance (stability) and hand-eye co-ordination. 


Balancing is an important skill to master




Development of balance skills by age

Balance skills develop progressively. Compare your child’s development against this checklist:

By Age One

Your child learns to stand unsupported. 

By Age Two

Your preschooler would have developed enough balance skills to:

Jump up with both feet leaving the ground 

Climb a staircase using one foot at a time while holding onto the railing 

By Age Three 

Your preschooler is able to:

Balance on one leg for five seconds

Hop on the preferred foot

Walk along a wide balance board

Pedal a tricycle



Hopping may seem simple but 
it takes some learning too 
(image from 123rf.com / Kai Chiang)



By Age Four 

Your preschooler shows improved balance skills:

Balance on one leg for a longer time (8–10 seconds)

Hop on one foot multiple times 

Steer a tricycle well

Walk part way along a narrow beam

Climb up and down the stairs with one foot on each step

By Age Five

Your preschool child is confident in using a wider range of balance skills: 

Stand on one foot for 10 seconds or more

Walk forward and backward for the length of a narrow beam 

Maintain balance on a moveable platform (e.g. travelator)

Walk on a straight line

Do heel to toe walk 



Poor balance skills impedes a child’s ability to enjoy a physically active life. Enrol your child in a preschool exercise programme that considers your child’s specific needs and abilities. You can register for a trial lesson at Ready Steady Go Kids and see if what they do is suitable for your child and you.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

September Holiday Programme

by TOG (The Office Gal)


Hi everyone!

The September School holidays are coming and we will be running our SPORTY Holiday Programme again! Sign up for a week of sports, exercise and nutrition.


Come join us!


5 days of sporty fun infused with nutrition information and some crafty toy making to make sure your children enjoy and learn.

  • Camp starts at 9am and ends at 2pm daily. 
  • Sports covered (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday): Football, Rugby, T-ball, Athletics. We will start with basics and drills, and end with games, circuits and relays.
  • Excursion Wednesday - we will also go to Healthzone at Singapore General Hospital to learn about having a healthy lifestyle.
  • Open to children aged 4 to 9 years old.
  • Light snacks and a healthy Lunch will be provided.
  • Limited to 15 children per class, with 3 trainers so teacher:student ratios will be low.
Run, run, run and sign up for our 
Holiday Programme now!


If you sign up just for 1 child, the fees are $450 (no GST).

But if you sign up for 2 or more children (friends and family welcomed), the fees are $420 per child.

So wait no more, come one, come all... email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or call us at 9855-8221 to register and save a slot for your child today!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy National Day

by TOG (The Office Gal)



Hi everyone!

Although it was 2 days ago, I would like to still SHOUT... HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE! From all of us at Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore.

We love this city and this country we live and work in - and hoping to contribute to its growth with what we do with the future generation of Singaporeans!

I hope you had a blast during your birthday Singapore!


Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Holiday Camp 11th to 15th August

by TOG (The Office Gal)



Hi everyone!

Due to special request, we are running a one-week camp from 11th to 15th August - its the same fun and engaging sports camp that we did in June and we are looking forward to it!



Come join us!


5 days of sporty fun infused with nutrition information and some crafty toy making to make sure your children enjoy and learn.

  • Camp starts at 9am and ends at 2pm daily. 
  • Sports covered: Football, AFL/Rugby, T-ball, Athletics. We will start with basics and drills, and end with games and matches.
  • Excursion Wednesday - we will also go to the revamped Healthzone to learn about having a healthy lifestyle.
  • Open to children aged 4 to 9 years old.
  • Light snacks and a healthy Lunch will be provided.
  • Limited to 15 children per class, with 3 trainers so teacher:student ratios will be low.
Run, run, run and sign up for our 
Holiday Programme now!


If you sign up just for 1 child, the fees are $450 (no GST).

But if you sign up for 2 or more children (friends and family welcomed), the fees are $420 per child.

So wait no more, come one, come all... email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or call us at 9855-8221 to register and save a slot for your child today!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Term 3 starts on 5th and 6th July

by TOG (The Office Gal)



Hi everyone!

We have been on a short break since the term ended earlier in June. Recharging batteries and preparing for bigger challenges in Term 3.

We will be starting Term 3 on 5th and 6th July and here are some of the changes we will see...

1) We start at Kovan Sports Hub! Its an amazing place with 8 futsal courts and even a water football play zone (ideal for birthday parties if you ask me!). This will be on Saturday mornings.

Kovan Sports Hub near Kovan MRT

2) We start another session at Bukit Timah at The Cage Sports Park. This venue has been growing steadily for us since we moved here at the beginning of the year. Look out for schedules on Sunday mornings to complement our already existing Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon classes.

The Cage Sports Park at the far end of 
Turf City or Grandstand at Bukit Timah

3) Steady as she goes at Ang Mo Kio on Sunday mornings and at Kallang on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. More than half of classes here are already filled up before the start of term, so I would urge you to contact us to register for the trial lesson on the first weekend if possible!


If you are keen to know more, you can 
- Check our website,
- Email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg or 
- Call us at 9855-8221 during working hours (Monday to Friday). 

We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Developing Locomotive Skills in Preschool Children

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)





Movement is critical for a child’s physical and psychological growth. Of the three fundamental movement skills, locomotor skills are the most basic and first to be developed. 


What are locomotor skills?

Locomotor skills are fundamental movement skills that enable a child to move from one place to another. Through play, fun and coaching, a child learns gross motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, hopping, leaping, side-sliding, galloping and skipping. 

Why are locomotor skills important for preschool children?

Locomotor skills form the building blocks of mobility and co-ordination. Start gradually with walking (the easiest) and steadily advance to skipping (the most difficult).

Preschool children with good locomotor skills will develop higher levels of physical activity than those with poorly formed locomotor skills.

Locomotor skills lay the foundation for learning more complex and specialised movement skills during adolescence and adulthood. These include learning complex sports and physical recreational activities.


Running is a key locomotor skill


Development of locomotor skills by age

Preschool children usually develop locomotor skills in a predictable sequential pattern. Compare your child’s locomotor skills’ development against this checklist (Note: this is a suggested checklist culled from research. Children develop at different speeds, some needing more time than others):

By Age One

Is your child able to crawl, push himself or herself to sit, stand for a short while, and walk (though unsteadily) with some support?

By Age Two

Is your child able to walk independently, run, hop and jump?

By Age Three 

Is your preschooler able to perform these locomotor skills?

Walk up and down the flight of stairs using railings

Climb ladders 

Run easily, even on toes 

Jump off steps and sofas

By Age Four 

Is your preschooler able to do all the above and perform these additional locomotor skills?

Gallop on one preferred leg

Hop forward

Throw ball overhead and catch a ball

Kick a ball

Balance on one foot for up to five seconds

By Age Five

Is your child able to perform to do all of the above and these additional locomotor skills?

Run through an obstacle course avoiding objects

Skip forward

Jump a distance of over two feet 

Balance steadily on one foot for at least 10 seconds

Ride a bicycle

Climb stairs independently

Gallop on either leg 

Side sliding


If you would like your child to learn such skills in a safe, non-competitive environment, why not enrol your child in a structured physical movement programme that teaches these fundamental skills in a sequential manner and in a supportive environment?


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For more information, you can also email Ready Steady Go Kids to ask about a trial lesson for your child.







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