I’m sure I’m not the only one whose favorite part of elementary school was recess. I remember sitting in class waiting with anticipation to get out of my chair and run outside to play with my friends. Sadly, a majority of schools have cut recess out of the day in order to fit in more academic time. And the academic workload doesn’t stop when school is over, it continues at home with packets upon packets of homework. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea and think I don’t find academic work and homework important, I’m just trying to emphasize how little our kids are playing and moving throughout the day. Play does not take away from learning, it actually does the opposite: it supports it.
According to Dr. Stuart Brown, “play is the vital essence of life.” I understand that the week days are hard enough with school, work, after care programs, homework, dinner time etc., but we need to make the effort! Studies show that children need three hours of outdoor play time a day. Don't take my word on it, look it up and see for yourself! Three hours a day might sound impossible, but try it with the time you have. Outdoor play time is proven to help children focus in school, and even children with ADHD can benefit from it
Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate some moving time into you and your child's schedule:
15 minute game of tag or chase right before leaving the house for school. Now I know this might sound crazy, but if you can somehow squeeze this into your daily routine, your child and their teacher will be thanking you.
Turn simple walking into fun animal walks. Try saying “lets jump to the kitchen like bunnies,” or “lets bear crawl to the shower.”
Add night time yoga into your bed time routine. This is probably the simplest one. Before going into bed, have your child:
Stretch like a star
Jump like a frog
Stomp like an elephant
Bark like a dog (dog pose)
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