Physical activity throughout the school day is necessary for children to reenergize themselves and be able to maintain focus on their schoolwork. Being involved in movement positively affects children both cognitively and physically. Movement activities can be initiated by teachers throughout the day and especially during classroom transitions. Using songs and rhymes that reinforce lessons improve childrens listening and memory skills. Activities, games, seat-changes, role plays, and dance actively contribute to children developing basic timing, balance, coordination, and concentration. Educators have noted fewer behavior problems when children are provided with many opportunities to move. [content block]
Article by Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Reprinted with permission from the
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