I thought you might like to know a little about cross patterning including the benefits and how we use it in classes with our trademark of fun! I’m sure you have heard the word, cross patterning before, but what does it really mean for your child?
Here are some things that Cross Patterning activities help to develop:
- hand/eye coordination – where the hand and eye coordinate together; an example we might use in class: tossing a ball or bean bag and catching
- spatial awareness – where your body is in relation to objects in the space around him/her; an example that could be used in class: crawling through a tunnel
- bilateral integration – active communication between both hemispheres of the brain, using both sides of the body together in coordinated activity; an example for class is straddle touches in the air or on the ground sitting in a straddle
- visual perception for reading and comprehension – the ability to interpret information and surroundings from visible light that reaches the eye; an example used in class is marching on the balance beam
Cross Patterning helps the mind stay engaged and alert – a great benefit for physical and mental development! Having fun is a bonus :).