Over the past few weeks at The Little Gym, we have been incorporating number concepts, counting, and simple math in our parent/child and pre-k gymnastics classes! Using multiple senses while counting (such as counting on fingers or touching counted objects) helps kids in the parent/child classes learn and retain numbers. Observing and emulating parents’ behavior and counting also helps to build a positive foundation for learning in a group setting.
In our pre-k gymnastics classes we have been giving kids opportunities to express their creativity by having them try to form the shapes of different numbers with their bodies. This helps with number recognition and is great for developing body control and spatial awareness. Teaching number concepts through movement is a fun way (for both instructors and kids) to take advantage of the connection between motor skills development and cognitive learning. Multi-sensory experiences, such as counting steps as they walk across the balance beam, allow children to gain the ability to learn and process information faster.
We add to the complexity of our learning when we engage our bodies in the same concepts as our brains, which leads to healthier, smarter kids!
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