Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Log Rolling and Pencil Rolling? The difference is developmental because when a child is Log Rolling, they are leading with their head - and then their shoulders, trunk, and legs follow. As their roll becomes more mature, their body is more efficient because they are leading with their hips, we call this Pencil Rolling.
You will notice when children lead with their heads, they often roll off of the mat because their Vestibular system (understanding where they are in space) is still developing. This is OK!! When this happens, instead of correcting them by encouraging them to stay on the mat, we suggest that you encourage them to roll as fast as *they can. The reason why is that rolling fast provides the brain and body with intense stimulation that will help develop their Vestibular system. We also increase the frequency by providing more opportunities to roll.
*NOTE: It is important that the child chooses the speed.