Children learn in many different ways. One of the ways that continues to prove to be extremely beneficial to young children and toddlers are movement based classes. Below is an excerpt from a website, "Sparkpe.org," regarding the benefits of toddler and parent/child classes and how it postively effects a child's growth and development.
"Children have many opportunities to learn through movement. One area that young children respond particularly well to is using music and rhythm to teach other developmental skills. Listening to the different rhythms of music and asking children to respond to what they hear through movement can integrate music education, physical education, and cognitive development into a single lesson plan. Allowing the children to create the music themselves can take this activity one step further.
If programs such as these are started early in life, older children will respond better to similar, more advanced lesson plans. Schools suffering from a lack of time for music, PE, and recess in their overall curriculum could possibly benefit the most from combining these so-called “elective” classes and integrating movement into the lessons of the traditional classroom."
What a wonderful description of the value of early childhood physical development. We definitely recommend reviewing Sparkpe.org's website for other great articles on how to nuture healthy and happy young adults!
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