Fundamental movement skills have three categories stability, locomotor, and manipulation. Stability movement skill being the foundation is the most important skill because all locomotor and manipulative skills require some form of stability. Fundamental locomotor skills such as running, hopping and leaping are where the body travels horizontally or vertically from one point to another. Manipulative skills include gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor manipulation involves giving and/or receiving force from an object, and fine motor manipulation involves activities that emphasize motor control, precision, and accuracy like following a dotted line and shoe tying.
Assessment by teachers is important because it is connected with children being able to perform higher levels of physical activities proper when they are older. Assessing and guidance to improve the bad habit, skill or control could be the difference in a child that can run from the time of adolescence to senior citizenship and the runner from adolescence to mid-forties due to hip/knee problems from never being taught the proper way to walk/run. The development of these skills at an early age is crucial in a child’s upbringing because it’s the structure for how they will perform everyday task when they get older, and how well these skills are developed can also have a positive or negative impact in their long-term quality of wellness. If a child is taught these fundamental skills properly than they have a better foundation for all physical activity. Places like the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club were both organizations that I attended when I was younger til my early teen years, so i know from experience that these places have recreation programs where motor development can be assessed and worked on. To learn more about the importance of motor development in Physical Education Click here:AAHPERD, NASPE.