Boosting your child’s motor development and learning through active movement
Posted: 20 May, 2016
By: Annemarie Lombard
Section: Education, Parenting
Children learn through movement and experiencing their worlds in a three dimensional format. Movement is the most important building block for learning, concentration, language and academic skills.
Please, please, please send your children outside as much as possible for play. Our children are movement deprived with a range of secondary health and learning issues. Although safety is a problem in our society, we cannot hide behind that.
Start a vegetable or herb garden with your child. There are endless sensory opportunities in the garden. If you don’t have a big garden, opt for pots.
Go for walks, to the park, go camping, go cycling, just go!
Dads, wrestle with your children, apart from bonding with them in a special way, you supply touch and movement input that feed and regulate their brains.
Encourage your children to particpate in sport. But obviously don’t push them so hard to perform that they lose interest and confidence in the process. I believe this defeats the purpose.
Although technology is here to stay and teaching our children amazing things – it is about finding a balance between passive learning through technology and active learning through movement experiences.