Good health and physical wellbeing is fundamental to a child’s ability to develop, learn and grow. G Active has been designed to establish healthy physical activity patterns, and to assist children to accept the unity of mind and body.
Greenwood’s G Active program focuses on both small and large muscles, and it introduces basic skills such as throwing and catching. We also encourage children to develop independence and take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
G Active: Milestones
- Gaining control over the body
- Developing balance
- Building small and large muscle tone
- Enjoying the social aspects of eating
- Crawling, cruising, walking
- Mastering walking, climbing & jumping
- Learning how to move around obstacles
- Holding a crayon with fingers / scribbling
- Learn how to dress with assistance
- Begin to self feed, pour own drinks
- Kick, throw a large ball
- Mastering running, climbing, galloping, hopping
- Developing a dominant hand preference
- Dress / undress self
- Grip a pen correctly between the thumb & first two fingers
- Independent toileting
- Feed self without spills
- Enjoy rhythm and movement routines
How the G Active Program is Implemented
Greenwood Centres are designed to facilitate exploration and the development of gross and fine motor skills. In addition to providing ample space for children to move and play, the Greenwood Curriculum includes scheduled time that is dedicated to the G Active Program.
Educators help the children to describe the physical activities they have learned, and they provide materials – such as balls and toys – to accompany movement. The role of Educators is also to encourage children to explore a broad range of positions and movements, and to create experiences that allow children to gain a better understanding of personal and shared space.
Children are encouraged to label different body parts, and they are also encouraged to learn about how the body functions.
Examples of G Active Activities
- Tummy Time reaching
- Crawling through tunnels
- Cruising around the furniture
- Swiping at balloons
- Water play – splash and pour
- Chasing large balls
- Swaying to the music
- Nodding to the music
- Bells with music
- Finger painting
- Chalk board writing
- Pop up toys
- Posting objects into boxes
- Body Awareness
- Balancing games
- Clapping games
- Dancing to music
- Shaking to music
- Jumping and hopping games
- Big ball games
- Painting / drawing
- Heads and shoulders
- Musical shakers
- Pouring in the sand
- Playing with play-dough
- Peg broad puzzles
- Threading large beads
- Banging on drums
- Animal walks
- Music games
- Dancing with movements
- Hopping games
- Jumping games
- Basket ball
- Running games
- Simon Says
- Hula hoops
- Tapping sticks
- Bike riding
- Making sand castles
- Playing with clay
- Large floor puzzles
As a part of the ‘being healthy’ component of G Active, children gain awareness of healthy eating habits. Children discover the importance and understanding of food that they should be eating ‘everyday’ and food they should be eating ‘sometimes’. This concept establishes sound eating habits encouraging a healthy lifestyle for their present and future life.
Positive eating habits are strengthened and encouraged through our custom designed menu from Sydney’s leading Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist. Our four week rotating menu meets the nutritional requirements for every child in our centre and is prepared fresh daily by a qualified Chef.
We have developed a partnership with sports professionals to help facilitate our passion for games and activities that help encourage children to run, spin, turn, jump, climb, tumble and exercise. In addition, our team are trained by a dedicated yoga instructor and will introduce basic yoga concepts of focussed breathing, body awareness and gross motor skills.
Register your interest today and start the process to secure your child a place at Greenwood, click here to make an enrolment enquiry.