“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb
In preschool, we all know that small children need to move. Movement is a means to so many ends in early childhood. Children form the habit of physical activity, move their bodies and learn all at the same time. When it comes to fighting childhood obesity, physical activity is a key component for those same reasons. While some obesity advocates taut increased exercise, it’s really important just to increase how much they are moving throughout the day.
Get outside a lot.
Plan activities outside of the playground equipment. Design an outdoor classroom. (Teacher Tom has some great ideas on this) Climb on something. Venture out in all types of weather. “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Take outdoor fieldtrips.
Lansing fieldtrips to take outside:
– Potter Park Zoo
– MSU Gardens
– The River Walk
– Hawk Island Park
More ways to get active in Lansing click here
Plan for movement
This is becoming a huge focus in early childhood so it’s easy to find many workshops on incorporating movement into the classroom and daily schedule. Check out MiAEYC’s website for most conference information.
Physical activity shouldn’t be relegated to the gym or playground. Allow movement throughout the entire schedule. How active are the transitions in your classroom? How long do children sit and wait? For that matter how long do children sit in general? Look at your schedule and see how long are children sitting before they move again. Incorporate movement into dismissal so all children are active. (This will also start to cut down on behavior problems as active children aren’t being required to sit still for inappropriate amounts of time.
Moving is learning
Just as play is the work of children, movement is an important part of that process. Move to make letters. Have children hop to the bathroom from group time. How can you encourage creativity through movement?
In the process of all this movement, children have active bodies, burn calories and learn to enjoy physical activity.