When you’re a parent of young children, one of the things that you might assume about them is that they move all the time. “How do they have so much energy?” is a more frequent question than, “I wonder if my child needs to move more?” However, did you ever stop to think that your child’s motor development might be closely connected to their cognitive development?
We all want our kids to be quick learners, and yet at the same time, we want them to sit still and be quiet. Could this method actually be achieving the opposite of what we want?
The New York Times thinks so. In an article last year entitled, “Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class,” it argued that kids–and even adults–aren’t wired to sit still all day long. Movement, and lots of it, is tied to better performance in school and increased focus and attention.
However, sitting still is exactly what most people in modern society are doing more of. Even the youngest kids are moving less. One of the culprits for this is too much screen time, and another is a family lifestyle that is so hectic, there simply isn’t time in the day to schedule the recommended 60 minutes of exercise.
While it might seem like your preschool child is moving ALL. THE. TIME, think about how much different our modern lives are from the ones that our ancestors lived just a hundred years ago. Today’s typical child roams around on perfectly flat floors rather than navigating the slight bumps and variations of grassy ground. This is a subtle change, but it gave our ancestors a slight uptick in their brain’s development of motor skills. Today, children often can’t just “go outside.” A century ago, the whole family was going in and out of doors, especially in rural communities and small towns.
Moving your body is part of being human, and while it’s healthy for people of all ages, it is crucial for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners whose brains are in crucial stages of development. Studies are still exploring the connection between learning and movement, but it’s safe to say that the more vigorous physical activity your child gets, the better off they will be.
Skills like tossing and catching a ball, balancing while walking backwards, and performing physical activities that connect both hemispheres of the brain are incredibly valuable for children’s development.
Does getting exercise just seem like one more chore in an endless day of tasks? If you’re concerned about your child’s physical activity, make sure that they’re in a day care where they’re going to get a lot of opportunities to move, dance, play, and go outside.
Here at Rainbow Chimes, we don’t just talk about exercise and active learning; we’ve integrated it into our curriculum. Our classrooms aren’t places where kids have to “sit still and be quiet.” We’ve designed an environment that mingles learning with movement so that kids will absorb material quicker and remember it longer. Your kids will also love our magical outdoor play areas that foster active, creative play.
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