by Ali Holman
Motor Skills are being emphasized more within school districts as more research pours in about the importance of getting kids moving and the mind-body connection at a young age.
Fox 9 fitness expert Ali Holman from CoreCamper.com visited District 279’s Arbor View Early Childhood program to see how they are getting a jump-start with motor skills.
3 REASONS TO GET MOVING
1. The physical activity level of young children has received increasing attention nationally because of the rapid rise in childhood obesity. Research tells us that the percentage of obese children ages 2 to 5 has doubled in the past 30 years.
2. Movement is at the very center of young children’s lives. It is an important facet of all aspects of their development, whether in the motor, cognitive, or affective domains of human behavior.
3. When you forgo vigorous physical activity, kids will not have the opportunity to experience the joy of efficient movement, the health effects of movement, and a lifetime as confident, competent mover.
Arbor View Early Child Education, District 279 is tapped into this need and has put an emphasis on motor skills with a dedicated “Motor Room”.
They offer classes for parents with babies, toddlers and preschoolers birth to age 5, preschool for 3 year olds and pre-kindergarten for 4 year olds.
They also offer early childhood screening-recommended between 3-4 and required before they enter kindergarten.
More information: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/EarlyLearn/ECFE/