Tuesday, December 1, 2009


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!”

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. Here's an excerpt from Leap...Laugh...Plop.

Physical fitness is the key to success.

Moving and stretching keep you at your best.

So get up and move, stretch and play.

Your body and brain will thank you all day.

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.

Leap...Laugh...Plop concentrates on locomotor movements. Here's another excerpt.

Jumping is something you do with two feet.

You bend your knees and push up high from the street.

Ms. Swirzinski also challenges kids to think. Take a look at this excerpt.

Walk up high, now down low.

How about fast. How about slow.

Name some animals that walk high. How about low?

Can you pretend to be those animals?

Tell me your favorite animal and why.

Martha’s books are:
Leap…Laugh…Plop works on all of the locomotor skills
Guess…Giggle…Wiggle… has the children doing creative movement
Kick…Catch…Buzzzz.. addresses the manipulative skills
Her website is WWW.WholeChildPublishing.com

Kathy Stemke's websites:
Moving Through all Seven Days link:http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/moving-through-all-seven-days/7386965#http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html
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Darcía Helle said...

Kathy, thanks for sharing information about Martha and her books!

Martha, I find the subject of kinesiology fascinating. And I love the concept for your books. I hope it helps get this next generation of kids away from the video games and outside moving.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

These sound like fun books my three-year-old grandson would enjoy. I can easily picture him trying all the movements.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for visiting ladies.

Mayra Calvani said...

These look like some great books for kids! They should learn the importance of physical exercise from an early age.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

To get children involved in movement and learning is a wonderful way to teach them. Your books sound like the perfect combination.

I went to a kinesiologist years ago.

Thanks for a great information and post, Kathy.

Martha said...

Kathy, thanks for having me today.
I teach at a preschool and it's fun to watch the children enjoy hearing these books and moving at the same time. Lots of laughter and fun invovled.

The Old Silly said...

What totally fun sounding kids books! Thanks for this feature on Martha - well done.

Marvin D Wilson

Kristi Bernard said...

These are great books. Kids need to be more active and this is a great way of introducing it. Thanks for sharing.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

This was awesome. Thanks Kathy and Martha.

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing about Martha and these books, Kathy. They sound like great books for children to learn, move and have fun!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Sounds like fun. I love the pictures.