For Writers on the Move’s November 2009 Anniversary Tour we have three new members in our merry band of authors. It is my pleasure to host one of the newbies: Marth Swirzinski!
Let’s get to know Martha a little:
The holder of a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Clemson University and a master’s from the University of Maryland in Kinesiology, Ms. Martha Swirzinski has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of movement with children. She is also a certified personal fitness trainer. She currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
“More and more research is being developed about the rise of obesity in children,” notes Ms. Swirzinski, who teaches movement education in a local pre-school and offers teacher training workshops and customized consultations. At the same time, numerous studies continue to link increased brain function and movement, she explains. “Being active grows new brain cells!”
Ms. Swirzinski believes that every child should be afforded structured movement opportunities every day to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and become part of a lifelong regime.
It is along this vein that Ms. Swirzinski has published three children’s books focused on movement. Using entertaining rhymes and charming pictures, these developmentally based books offer fun and creative ways for children to move while also providing mind stimulating activities on each page. By following the suggested activities, children can engage in 30-60 minutes of their recommended structured daily movement, as well as enhancing other mind/body skills. Designed to be enjoyed again and again, the pages of these books are filled with laughter, learning, movement and more.
Martha’s books are: “Leap… Laugh… Plop,” “Guess… Giggle… Wiggle,” and “Kick… Catch… Buzz”
Martha, creating children’s books that encourage movement and reading is such a great way to get children academically and physically engaged! Your book titles are wonderful. Let’s see what each is about:
This book introduces children to locomotor movement skills. It keeps children laughing and learning on each wonderful page.
2.) Guess… Giggle… Wiggle
This book challenges children to identify the animals based on clues. The book keeps children moving alongside the locomotor skills. As with the first in the series Leap… Laugh… Plop, each page of this second book is filled with wonderful suggestions that incorporate the social, emotional and mental aspects of childhood development.
The third book In the series, Kick… Catch… Buzzz This book introduces children to the manipulative movement skills. Each page offers kids the opportunity to participate in fun movement and lively discussion.
These three books offer the ultimate mind/body connection. When children move both their bodies and minds are strengthened.
Martha, these books sound wonderful. They are on my “To Get” list for my grandsons.
To learn more about Martha and her books, please visit:
Well, that’s it for my touring part of the VBT – Writers on the Move November 2009 Anniversary Tour. I want to thank Martha for being my guest on this special tour. It’s great to have her as part of our group!
Be sure to take a look at the tour schedule, visit the hosts on their posting days, and leave comments – it will put you in the running for winning a prize!
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