Maren Schmidt: Allowing opportunities for movement | CraigDailyPress.com

Maren Schmidt: Allowing opportunities for movement

A kid's got to move. Observing a few minutes at a playground will attest to that. You don't see children sitting around if they have the chance to run, jump, climb, or skip. Children are in a sensitive period of development for movement from birth to about age 5 1/2. Around age 4 1/2, children have a growth spurt where their legs may grow more than an inch per month. During this time, it is difficult for children to sit comfortably. They will squirm or refuse to sit in their chairs at the dinner table. They will appear to wander aimlessly about in their preschool classes. At this time, it is important to allow lots of opportunities for movement such as long walks and other outdoor activities. Because of this leg growth, children need additional calcium. Many children suffer from leg cramps at night, don't sleep well and end up being very cranky. Be on the look out during this growth spurt. Children can't tell you about their legs cramps because they don't have the language experience in most cases. Additional calcium supplements, stretching and massage will help children (and parents) get a good night's sleep, and restore pleasant dispositions. Children love to walk on stonewalls, balance beams or lines drawn on the floor. At a playground, observe all the different activities children do. Every movement is fulfilling a basic developmental need. The need for movement, though, should not be a license to run wild in the house, stores or restaurants. Purposeful activity needs to direct children's movement. For example, folding laundry is a purposeful activity. Children can fold laundry and make many trips to put the laundry away. Send them off with one towel to put away and have them come back and get the next one. It may take 20 trips, but they'll love it, especially when a big pile has disappeared. You also can incorporate movement while sitting and waiting. The preposition game is a quiet game for a restaurant or doctor's appointment. It's simple to play with two objects. In a restaurant I'll use a napkin and spoon. Ask the child to do things such as: Put the spoon under the napkin. Put the spoon next to the napkin. Put the napkin under the spoon. Put the spoon near the napkin. Put the napkin around the spoon. Switch roles and let the child give you directions. In a situation that allows more movement, use a book and table in the same manner. "Put the book under the table. Place the book near the table." Change the prepositions using words such as over, above, near, through, far, around, between and for the more adventuresome, adjacent, tangent, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, intersecting. Dig out that old geometry book. This game helps the child learn that certain words (prepositions) show the relationship between two or more objects. Have a good time and laugh at all the funny relationships you can describe for the objects. Each request is a walk across the room and directs movement in a purposeful manner. A key to a happy child, and thus a happy parent, is using purposeful activities to allow movement that aids development. Household chores and word games give children purposeful movement. They'll have chances for movement along with learning responsibility for a cheerful home life.

Births

Dru Cypher Bates CopelandRobert and Lena Copeland of Craig announce the birth of their son, Dru Cypher Bates, born at 6:06 p.m. Dec. 6, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Dru Cypher Bates weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Harold and Joan Bates of Meeker.Paternal grandparents are Ken and Roxie Copeland of Meeker.Courtney Louise SmithKirk and Trisha Smith of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Courtney Louise, born at 10:29 p.m. Dec. 9, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Courtney Louise weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Leona Salazar of Grand Junction and Phil Hawks of Craig.Paternal grandparents are Richard and Jean Smith of Craig.Maliki Adama TaegelMaurice Choquette and Adreena Taegel of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Maliki Adama, born at 10:42 p.m., Nov. 21, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Maliki Adama weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.Maternal grandparent are Robin Larsen of Steamboat Springs.Paternal grandparent is Linda Choquette of Rhode Island.Tucker Kalvin SlaughAllen and Makeysha Slaugh of Craig announce the birth of their son, Tucker Kalvin, born at 2:34 a.m. Nov. 30, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Tucker Kalvin weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 1/2 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Kim and Frank Wagner of Craig.Paternal grandparents are Allen and Kathy Slaugh of Meeker.Tucker Kalvin was welcomed home by his siblings Tayler, Kurstin and Tanner.Elijah SliningerKevin Slininger and Shannon Grubbs of Hayden announce the birth of their son, Elijah Slininger, born at 2:04 p.m. Dec. 1, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Elijah weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Phil Grubbs of Hayden and Sharon Vigil of Thornton.Paternal grandparents are Shiela Purcell of Mcloud, Mont., and the late Keith Slininger.

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Katelynn Gelene Turner Hugh Stanley Jr. and Susan Gelene Turner of Sunbeam announce the birth of their daughter, Katelynn Gelene, born at 4:01 p.m. May 24, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Katelynn Gelene weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are William E. and Sandra G. Melville of Fresno, Calif. Paternal grandparents are Hugh S. Sr. and Carrol A. Turner of Fresno. Lillian Elisabeth Winn Philip Aaron and Katherine Winn of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Elisabeth, born at 6:13 p.m. May 7, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Lillian Elisabeth weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Maternal grandparent is Vera Banford of Grand Junction. Paternal grandparents are Chuck and Janet Winn of Craig.

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Amanda Jane Moore David and Michelle Moore of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda Jane, born at 1:57 a.m. Sept. 12, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Amanda Jane weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 17 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Marsha Huelskamp (Uncle Dustin Huelskamp) of Vernal, Utah, and Joseph Huelskamp and Mary Karen Soloman of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Roxanne Glidewell of Colorado Springs. Lucas Mathew Ray Matt and Michelle Ray of Craig announce the birth of their son, Lucas Mathew, born at 6:50 p.m., Sept. 22, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Luca Mathew weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 1/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Ted and Laura Johnson of Lakeview, Mich. Paternal grandparents are Dan and Sherma Ray of Craig. Bailey Paige Bond Justin Bond and Leah Mulkey of Lay, announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Paige, born at 4:58 a.m. Sept. 21, 2000, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Bailey Paige weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long Maternal grandparent is Amy Andrews of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Monty and Sharon Bond of Lay.

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]Allen and Vickie Meckley of Craig announce the birth of their daughter Madison Taylor, born at 3:11 p.m. Aug. 6, 2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.]Madison Taylor weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and measured 19 1/4 inches long.]Maternal grandparents are Rex and Wilma Johnson of Craig.]Paternal grandparents are Bob and Sharon Meckley of Craig.]Madison Taylor was welcomed home by his siblings, Nick, Andi and Ashley.]Gabriella Robin Jacobsen]John Douglas and Erin Rae Jacobsen of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Robin, born at 2:48 a.m. Sept. 5, 2000 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.]Gabriella Robin weighed 6 pounds, 13.9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.]Maternal grandparents are Tracey and Linda Turman of San Diego, Calif.]Paternal grandparnets are Don Jacobsen of Florida and Diana O’Malley of Libby, Mont.

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Brenna Jane Knez Eric and Jenny Knez of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Brenna Jane Knez born at 12:04 Feb. 4, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Brenna Jane weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Larry and Thyra Sturgeon of Craig. Paternal grandparents are David and Karen Knez of Craig. Lacey Ann Wiseman Jack and Sarah Wiseman of Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Lacey Ann, born at 7:15 p.m. March 23, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Lacey Ann weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are George and Susan Wilson of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Carla Scott of Pueblo West and the late Mike Wiseman. Tyce Conner Campbell Adam Campbell and April Montieth of Craig announce the birth of their son, Tyce Conner, born at 10:52 a.m. March 16, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Tyce Conner weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 21 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Sam and Patty Montieth of Hayden. Paternal grandparents are John and Joanne Campbell of Craig. Tyce Conner was welcomed home by his brother, Trystan Campbell. Collin Ross McStay Mark and Nancy McStay of Craig announce the birth of their son, Collin Ross, born at 3:47 a.m. March 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Collin Ross weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. Maternal grandparent is Joanne Brandenburg of Fort Lupton. Paternal grandparents are Herold and Elaine McStay of Craig. Justin Mitchell Pope Craig E. Sr. and Misti R. Pope of Craig announce the birth of their son, Justin Mitchell, born at 8:52 p.m. March 19, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Justin Mitchell weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 3/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Gary and Lynn Woodard of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Clyde and Pamela Pope of Wichita Falls, Kan. Tristan Lester Wixom Travis A. and Sarah M. Wixom of Phippsburg, announce the birth of their son, Tristan Lester, born at 9:25 p.m. March 21, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Tristan Lester weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Charlie L. and Mary A. Lee of Holyoke. Paternal grandparents are Lester A. and Betty J. Wixom of Phippsburg.

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Samuel Lynn Updike Andrea and Dustin Updike of Salt Lake City, Utah, announce the birth of their son, Samuel Lynn, born March 7, 2001, in Salt Lake City. Samuel Lynn weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are John and La Rene Gardner of Evanston, Wyo. Paternal grandparents are Lynn and Brenda Updike of Baggs, Wyo. Great grandparents are Richard and Bonnie Noland of Bouse, Ariz., and Elwin and Maxine Updike of Craig.

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Parker Cameron Brown Andrew Cameron and Lorie Kelly Brown of Steamboat Springs, announce the birth of their son, Parker Cameron, born at 7:01 p.m. July 25, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Parker Cameron weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Richard George and Caroline M. Kelly of Montrose. Paternal grandparents are John Wilmont Jr. and Jean Levering Brown of Penfield, N.Y. Parker has a sister, Brittany Anna Brown. Nathan Blake Cooper Mathew and Kristine Cooper of Craig announce the birth of their son, Nathan Blake, born at 4:24 a.m. June 28, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Nathan Blake weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Pat and Bill Hesselgren of Craig Paternal grandparents are Warren and Glenda Cooper of Craig. Zoey Dawn Quale Jeff and Laura Quale of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey Dawn, born at 2:35 a.m. July 31, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Zoey Dawn weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 1/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Smokey and Janet Gledhill of Craig. Paternal grandparent is Sigrid Quale of Watford City, N.D. Trinitie Ann Beckner Josh and Delaine Beckner of Craig announce the birth of their daughter, Trinitie Ann, born at 12:01 a.m. July 28, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Trinitie Ann weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Dorothy Bragg of Craig and Vaughn Bragg of Bluewater, N.M. Paternal grandparents are Mark and Tonya Beckner of Bullhead City, Ariz.

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Avery James Tucker Robert James and Kristina Marie Tucker of Battle Mountain, Nev., announce the birth of their son, Avery James, born at 5:54 p.m. July 17, 2001. Avery James weighed 6 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces. Paternal grandparents are the late Brett Tucker of Craig, and Vicky and Jeff Pfenning of Battle Mountain. Maternal grandparents are Rich and Shelly Golden of Fernley, Nev. Paternal great-grandmother is Bea Hutton of Dixon, Wyo., and Alma Tucker of Cortez. Kelsea Grace Hyde Jen Steele and Curt Hyde of Gillette, Wyo., announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsea Grace, born at 7:38 p.m. June 14, 2001, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyo. Kelsea Grace weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Valens and Grace Johnson of Longmont. Paternal grandparents are Doug and Michaela Hyde of Gillette. Kelsea Grace is welcomed by brother, Dylan and sister, Emily. Jacob George Block Austin Bill Austin and Barbara Block of Steamboat Springs announce the birth of their son, Jacob George, born at 11:23 a.m. Aug. 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Jacob George weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparent is Fredrick L. Block of Wilmington, N.C. Paternal grandparent is Dorothy Austin of Flint, Mich. Jacob Daniel Bohannon Johnny Bohannon and Michelle Crain of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jacob Daniel, born at 11:31 p.m. Aug. 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Jacob Daniel weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 18 inches long. Justice Mikal McEntee Hec McEntee and Catherine Knight announce the birth of their son, Justice Mikal, born at 9:42 p.m. Aug. 12, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Justice Mikal weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Scott and Lesli Knight of Craig. Paternal grandparents are Dave and Mickie McEntee of Hayden. Jacob Arthur Olsen Brian and Rebecca Olsen of Kremmling, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Arthur, born at 12:02 p.m. Aug. 15, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Jacob Arthur weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are L. Eddy and Barbara Evans of Pensacola, Fla. Paternal grandparents are Arthur and Sue Olsen of Clearwater, Fla.

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Hailee Rose SmithJeremiah and Traci Smith of Hayden, announce the birth of their daughter Hailee Rose, born at 5:48 p.m. Oct. 4, 2001, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.Hailee Rose weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 19 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Dale and Mary Burnett of Howard, Kan.Paternal grandparents are Dave Smith of Hayden and Susan Signs of Estes Park.