Kids and Movement
There have been a couple of recent articles about the lack of movement with kids today.
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/let-em-out-the-many-benefits-of-outdoor-play-in-kindergarten/ and http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/08/why-so-many-kids-cant-sit-still-in-school-today
I think they are very interesting. We are doing such a disservice to our kids today, and its sad. Not only are we affecting their concentration but their core strength. I’m not sure when we became such a lazy society, maybe it was the ability to do pretty much everything from shopping, reading, communicating, learning, and planning all with a small devise that fits in our pockets. Whatever it is, we are moving less and as a result so are our children.
We had Leighton’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago (post coming soon) and one of the mom’s mentioned to me “it’s a gorgeous day outside and yet none of your neighbors is outside”. I told her that it was often like that. We don’t have a huge yard, but all of us are out there every chance we get. Even when it is cold, rarely a day goes by when we don’t spend at least part of a day outside. Coats and hats and gloves were invented for a reason 🙂
I can’t fix the problem across the nation, but when we decided to homeschooling, movement and exercise were counted in as a part of the day to day. So much in fact that when we started looking at chairs to go with the desks that Clint built we wanted to find something that would grown with them and also help develop some muscles and strength.
A few searches on amazon and here’s what I found. They boys love them and they are comfortable and I’m really excited to use them. And trust me, while we may not be running through the forrest like one of the articles talks about there is going to be plenty of movement and exercise worked into our day.