Parents and caregivers often ask what young children need to know before kindergarten; this is the third in a series of blog posts on kindergarten readiness and early learning basics. No matter the age of your little one, this will give you a general picture of what to do as your child’s very first teacher.
As adults, we only need to be stuck in an airplane seat for a few hours to appreciate the importance of moving and space. In fact, movement is critically important for early learning and brain development. Because moving is how a baby first explores and interacts with the world, moving creates a foundation for learning. We can add the sense of the position of the body in space and the sense of movement to our other five.
To help develop all kinds of brain pathways and connections for your child, include some space and time for movement activities. Sometimes, an entire house seems too small to contain all the moving energy of young children! Playgrounds and parks aren’t luxuries, they are essentials. Rainy days with a little one can be very long. We don’t need neighborhood gyms, how about just a neighborhood basement?
For your child’s early learning, brain growth, healthy development and kindergarten readiness, can you find some time for indoor/outdoor movement fun?