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"I frequently recommend your program for the pre-prep, prep and grade 1 classes as a whole-class program, and when explaining it to teachers I emphasise that it is not just a 'gross motor program' but a whole body development program which is evidence-based for improving motor skills, social skills and attention.
The teachers I work with are time-poor and their days are usually quite packed with curriculum, so I find that they are generally quite keen on a program that ticks so many areas. Thanks so much, I’m a big fan of the program and keen to spread the word to my schools!"
"This program sounds like a lot more fun than FMS style rotations."
"Animal fun – research based, extremely engaging, well packaged resource – we are using across Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2, together with our Physical Education specialist, hoping to use the strategies with our children with discrete needs."
"I am really impressed with the ‘Animal Fun’ resource and can never recommend it highly enough to others. It is simple to use, engaging and entertaining for the kids (mine love ‘row your boat’ and ‘friendly fighting antelopes’!) and our Kindy will definitely be using it again next year."
"Absolutely, hands down, the only motor program I recommend for the early years. Easy to implement as well as evidence based. Programs such as Animal Fun are vital to future academic success, physical health and mental wellbeing."
"I just wanted to say that Animal Fun has been a fantastic resource for the clients that I work with in the disability sector. I have been utilising the program in the school setting, as well as in the clinic setting, for my clients with a range of disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Autism, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and FASD.
I have been finding the way the resources are presented incredibly helpful to optimise client engagement, compliance and gross motor skill acquisition. Hence I just wanted to say a big thank you for contributing to optimising the gross motor outcomes of the clients that I work with."
"We have started using the program and are really enjoying it. My Pre K class love it. I am particularly impressed to see my Pre K’s upper body arm strength already improving. It’s a fabulous, fun program. Thank you."
"It’s a fantastic program for Kindy and PP kids. Great gross motor, core strength, stability, locomotor skills, fine motor skills and more! Activities that you can do as transitions, short lessons and full lessons.
So good! Highly recommend it to build your class’ motor skills. My class love it and look forward to our sessions each Kindy day, the fun and laughter that comes with it all is an added bonus."
"At last a program which will benefit the students and be easy to implement."
"As a current relief teacher (and previous kindy teacher) I can see how worthwhile and effective these activities can be – both in isolation and as a sequence. I can even use this as a relief teacher for many age groups! Not often you can say that for PD’s. Thank you."
“Thank you Sue for your amazing knowledge and fun activities.”
"Animal Fun has certainly lived up to its very high expectations! Our Professional Learning experience with Sue was engaging, practical and as fun for the adults as it is for the children.
Not only is Animal Fun evidence based, it is easy to use and embed into classroom routines. I would highly recommend Animal Fun to schools looking to support (or extend!) their youngest student's perceptual motor skills."