Nurturing the Need for Movement

By January 5, 2016Parkland Players

Movement is a central aspect of children’s ability to explore and build a sense of self in their environment.

Increased movement in early childhood has been found to have a number of benefits for learning and cognitive functioning:

  • Tool for curiosity
  • Increasing the brain’s efficiency in processing motor responses
    • The brain uses 3 central steps in creating plans for physical movement:
      • Forms a mental picture of the desired movement/outcome
      • This picture is then integrated with past experiences
      • Execute the plan at the appropriate time
      • This process is made faster with practicing motor movements

Self-confidence is also sustained through movement, and as we have discussed before, self-confidence can be an important aspect of children enjoying learning.

Here at parkland players, we try to incorporate movement into learning. Children dance in their music classes and we play outside as often as we can. We also like to go for nature walks to the local park which gets kids moving and exploring in their environment.

Source: Dietze, Beverlie. Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Learning Environments and Childcare in Canada. Pearson Learning Solutions, 2006 VitalBook file.

 

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