Sequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain (Birth to age 7) Movement and play are nature' chosen tools for developing the body and the brain. Strengthen and support that natural development with Smart Steps: fun and easy-to-use movement activities that help children develop physical, cognitive, and social-emotional foundations for early learning and school readiness. Writing in a friendly, engaging style, the authors present clear information on creating a well-balanced "diet" of movement and play that optimizes the connections between language development, movement and readiness for formal learning. Look inside to find: 50 themed activity sequences, each with 18 stepped activities tailored to children's natural developmentâ€”that's total of 900 play-filled, learning-rich activities. Key benefits, teaching tips, critical safeguards, and language focuses for each activity sequence. Observational assessment tool (the Movement Can-Do Guide) that enables teachers to pinpoint children's specific developmental stages in order to choose activities, assess progress, and provide incremental challenge. Implementation guidelines, activity selection tips and individualization techniques. Downloadable digital content that includes printable versions of all the activities and charts in the book.