Why Movement is Essential in Early Childhood
From their earliest stages, family are encouraged to give children ‘tummy time’ to develop the muscles in the head, neck, and shoulders, as well as promoting motor skills. Before you know it, tummy time turns into rolling over and as they grow, children will develop the skills to crawl, walk, run, skip, hop, jump, climb and so much more. These movement skills will also help in developing other areas of learning that are essential for life.
Here are 5 reasons why movement is essential in early childhood learning.
- Regular Movement Increases Focus and Keeps Children Calm
Children who are given the opportunity to move regularly are seen to be more focused and calm. Imagine yourself sitting in an office meeting all day, expected to listen to every word. Would you find your attention starting to wane without the opportunity to step outside, get some fresh air or go for a quick walk? Children are the same and those who move while learning or are given plenty of time to play are more likely to be calmer, less frustrated and able to appropriately deal with situations that may arise.
- Movement Allows Children to Learn through Trial and Error
When children are engaging in movement they are learning through trial and error. If they are trying to balance, they might realise that their balance is better if they put their arms out. The more children experiment this way, the more likely they are to embrace future learning opportunities.
- Movement Is Important to Physical Growth
Physical movement promotes development in both the body and muscles in the early years and beyond. This also assists in developing healthy habits and decreases the likelihood of childhood obesity.
- Movement Is Essential for Learning
Children who move while they learn – such as learning to rhyme while dancing, or catching a ball while playing a learning game – are more likely to retain this knowledge. Furthermore, when children engage in movement they are developing their hand-eye coordination, crossing the midline and more, which then assists with skills such as holding a piece of paper and cutting at the same time, using a knife and fork, or writing.
- Movement Allows Exploration and Sensory Processing
The more children move, the more they explore their world. When children move in different environments they are developing their sensory processing skills by touching things of different textures, hearing new sounds, and processing and understanding information that’s coming in from their senses.
At Mindarie Keys Early Learning School, we have beautiful gardens with natural materials for your child to explore and move in. Our environment allows for countless opportunities to play and move in order develop your child to their full potential. For more information on our quality education and day care programs for all children, contact Mindarie Keys Early Learning School today.