“To achieve the precision of the mature brain, stimulation in the form of movement and sensory experiences during the early developing years is necessary” (Greenough & Black, 1992; Shatz, 1992).
As part of CFNC’s curriculum, teachers incorporate movement in the classroom on a daily basis. When using movement and physical activity in the classroom, we’re helping students encode, store, and process information much more efficiently and effectively. When used most effectively, movement helps children make connections to the content their learning, while simultaneously stimulating their body (and having fun at the same time!).
Rather than physical activity or movement be its own lesson, CFNC teachers encourage physical activity throughout the day, and find creative ways to build physical activity into each lesson. Here are just a few ways teachers add movement to lessons:
- Standing up while answering a question
- Learning math by counting the steps you have walked
- Using building blocks to learn patterns
- Role Playing
Movement plays a huge part in a child’s development. It is crucial for development gross and fine motor skills as well as their social and emotional development. Interactive games are crucial for children to develop their communication skills, which are vital for when they enter kindergarten and elementary school.
Thanks to funding from RunningBrooke, CFNC actively works to find new, creative ways for students to “Move2Learn.”
Check out how CFNC students use movement, song, and dance to stimulate their brain development, and have fun at the same time. Thank you so much RunningBrooke for the resources to incorporate Move2Learn techniques in the classroom: