“There just had to be another explanation,” I thought. A whole class of 5 year olds wiggling and squirming through the entire story time I’d planned. Not one of them could make it through 15 minutes without a first-class fidget. Did they all have to go to the bathroom? Were they all misbehaving at once? Were they bored? Maybe I was a lousy storyteller?
Why can’t kids just sit still and listen?
25 years of searching for the answer later, here's what I think.
THEY CAN’T. (At least, not for very long.)
But more, I was shocked to discover THEY SHOULDN’T.
And that’s what MOVING SMART is all about. Through this blog and all the other things we’re doing, we hope to show you how the body teaches the brain (not the other way around)... that movement is the essential – and often overlooked -- starting point for children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development... and that there are lots and lots of simple, everyday ways you can support, enhance and encourage all that wiggly-giggly-fidgety development while having fun along the way!
Welcome to MOVING SMART!
You’ve heard of “teachable moments” – everyday, situation-based opportunities to explore, explain, and reinforce learning. At MOVING SMART we believe in teachable moments, but we also encourage “Playable Moments” – creating fun-filled, skill-building foundations by turning everyday occurrences into moments of action-packed, giggle-inducing, (and sometimes stress-reducing) play! To show you what we mean, with each blog we'll share a new idea for adding a little more movement... and fun... into your day.
Who couldn’t find the end of his tail.
Three spins to the left,
Then back to the right,
Never failed to help Snail find his tail.