When a child moves, they are not only developing a strong body, they are also developing a strong brain.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers find it very hard to sit still, don’t they? The constant need to move can perplex or or at times frustrate us. Why can’t she stay in the one place while eating her food? Why won’t he sit in my lap until the end of the story?
The thing is, this drive to move is as nature intended. It’s not a sign of developmental challenges for your little one. It’s simply evidence that the need to understand the world is of greater importance than their desire to please you.
You see, the process of learning doesn’t just happen in the brain. It’s the brain and body working in partnership that creates true learning. Especially in the early years of life, and especially for older children who are experiencing challenges with learning, attention, behaviour, coordination or emotional resilience.
I urge you to be an advocate for children’s movement. Value it in your homes, at your playgroup, and in later years, in the classroom. Learning and movement are intertwined.
Clare Crew – Early Childhood Educator
Clare Crew from Thriving Children, is an early childhood and inclusive education teacher who specialises in the brain-body connection. She helps the children the system leaves behind, those with learning, attention and behavioural challenges. Her message is simple; children need more movement and play in the early years of life. And when we’re able to deliver this, children begin thriving.