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In the current “learning” climate, it’s difficult not to get wrapped up in the pressure of having children reading and writing before they get to school. A child’s brain is primarily concerned with developing the child as a whole and it all boils down to early movement experiences. The more a child is able to move; either through early rolls, crawls or simply sitting and standing, the more their brain is gathering information from their surroundings and creating the building blocks for later higher level learning. In the first years of childhood, around 90% of the neural pathways in the brain will be set for life.
Reading and writing will come in time, what is essential before they get to school is… movement.
If a child can’t sit upright and have core balance, how will they sit at a desk and take in information from the teacher?
The proprioceptive and vestibular sense is vital for this, both stimulated through movement.
If a child doesn’t have the strength in their arms, how will they manipulate a pen with fine motor control?
Through crawling, weight bearing, grabbing grasping and muscular development this is accomplished.
If a child can’t move their body from left to right to track a car, how will they cross the road?
Each time a child tracks a bubble across their body or is able to right themselves after rolling down a hill, they’re one step closer from using depth perception to figure out how far away a car is and look from left to right and back again.
Through the 7 (yes 7!) senses, children take in information about their surroundings, the brain organises this information and provides an output, movement. Early movement experiences, such as rolling or sitting upright require a development in the vestibular system, essential for everyday life! The vestibular system is the earliest sense to develop in the womb and is responsible for spatial awareness, balance and eye tracking, 3 vital tools for being able to negotiate the world.
Each time a child goes out of their upright position; think rolling or going upside down, the vestibular sense sorts the information about which way is up and which way is down then stabilises the eye in order to regain balance. In a wider sense of its importance, this is the process which helps you maintain an upright stationary position to read this blog from left to right across the page (and being able to distinguish the different between letters like “b” and “d”)
At The Little Gym, it fills us with pride to see children each day testing their bodies and developing new skills through gymnastics based movement. For children between 4 months and 12 years we know each week they’re having Serious Fun each time they enter the gym.
“The more a child moves, the more a child knows, the more a child knows, the more they want to know and the more the child wants to know, the more a child needs to know” (A Moving Child is a Learning Child - Connell and McCarthy 2014)
The times, they’re changing, and it’s becoming even more difficult to keep our kids engaged, happy, and well, out of our hair. I know I’m not alone when I say that I have used my friends: television, computer, and tablet as a distraction for my children when I need 30 minutes of peace.
As parents, we know it’s not always easy, but are kids being exposed to too much technology? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children spend an average of 7 hours a day using media including television, computer, internet, video games, and cell phones. In an ever growing media driven world, it’s becoming even more important to make sure your child is getting active every day.
So, how can you encourage your child to get active? Show them that being active is fun! Exercise as a family by going for a nightly walk, jog, or having a family soccer game in the back yard. You can also get your children involved in activities outside of the home like The Little Gym to help them appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come. Whether you’re running, jumping, or tumbling, get moving with your child to build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits!
You know how important it is that your kids eat a healthy dinner every night and we know how hard it is to get your kids to eat the food you want them to eat. If you’re tired of mac & cheese and frozen chicken nuggets, here’s a list of our top five healthy dinners that the whole family will enjoy.
Do children need chores? According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, young children who are given household chores “build a lasting sense or mastery, responsibility and self-reliance.” And what parent doesn’t want that for their child?
The article also found that those who began chores around ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have positive relationships with their families, higher academic success and were also found to be more empathetic and responsive to others needs. Need we say more? Check out these 5 ideas for encouraging your child to help out around the house:
To read the full article, click here.
The Little Gym helps kids develop social skills, which studies find may be the most important factor for long-term success.
Science has confirmed it: nice guys don’t finish last. At least not according to a new study which suggests that kindergarten students who display pro-social behavior may be more likely to graduate college and have steady jobs. The 20 year national study tracked more than 700 children from kindergarten through age 25. The researchers found that young children that scored highest in social competence skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and listening, were four times more likely to graduate from college than those who did not. The study also found that, in some cases, these types of social skills may be better predictors of future success than academic skills.
Positive social skills are something that can be learned and improved upon throughout childhood. Programs at The Little Gym help children grow and develop social skills in a fun environment that provides a different context for learning. Games are purposefully designed to enhance social development and the non-competitive environment encourages children to play with each other rather than against each other. Children learn to become more considerate of one another, more aware of the feelings of others, and more willing to work together for mutual benefit. These essential life skills help children learn how to interact in positive and socially acceptable ways which helps them become well-rounded little people so that, as research now confirms, they grow into well-rounded adults.
Good manners are not something that children will naturally pick up. Children need to be taught, reminded, and reminded again of the importance of having good manners. Good manners help children become well-rounded adults. The trick is to teach your child manners that are age-appropriate so they are able to understand why manners are SO important! Here are 6 manners that are at the top of our good-manners list.
Practice makes perfect – keep practicing and reminding your child of the importance of having good manners. Be repetitive, if your child does not say please then simply make them ‘say the magic word’ and they will begin to catch on! Often times role-playing is a great way to have your child experience the appropriate way to act in certain situations. Great manners go a long way and it is best to begin good practices at a young age!