What is Switching On Time?
Switching On Time forms part of the daily routine at Southern Cross Early Childhood School. Daily Switching On Time sessions form part of the literacy and gross motor programs at the school for children enrolled in Preschool to Year Two. The sessions are designed to ensure children's bodies and brains are ready to engage in learning throughout the school day.
Children enrolled in Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two engage in the program for up to 30 minutes at the start of each day in either the Hall, Community Room or Outdoor Learning Environment. Children enrolled in Preschool utilise the Hall in addition to gross motor experiences provided in the preschool outdoor learning environment.
The program is informed by the Move to Learn program and current research on brain development in young children.
Switching On Time experiences draw from perceptual-motor programs to focus on:
- body image – structure of the body, movements an functions of the body, body position in relation to other objects.
- visual-motor control – integrating visual and motor responses into a physical action.
- coordination of body muscles
- proprioception – awareness of muscular movement and position of body in space
- gross-motor and fine motor coordination
- sustained movements – maintaining motor skills for designated intervals
- spatial orientation/orientation
- laterality – internalising the awareness of the difference between and control of left and right sides of the body, includes bilateral, unilateral, cross-lateral movements
- directionality – awareness of external space , knowledge of left and right, projection of one's self in space
- hand-eye and foot-eye coordination
- ocular pursuit – tracking objects with eyes
- kinesthesis – awareness of muscular movement.
Switching On Time incorporates explicit teaching of fundamental movement skills, including:
- Locomotor skills – crawling, walking, marching, jumping, climbing, running, galloping, sliding, leaping, hopping, skipping.
- Stability skills – stretching, bending, pulling, pushing, swaying, twisting, log rolling, balancing.
- Manipulative skills – throwing, catching, kicking, striking with a racquet, striking with a ball.