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What Happens When Young Children Are Forced to Sit Still?

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Apr 4, 2017 7:15:00 AM
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A recent Washington Post article delves into the consequences of children sitting still for too long—whether in the classroom, while traveling from one place to the other after school, or at home. From the article: 

"In order for children to learn, they must be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we must let them move!"

Valerie Strauss, the author of the article, believes that if children don't move more (both in and out of the classroom), we are likely to see the following consequences:

  • Children struggling to sit still and pay attention
  • Children falling from their chairs
  • Children lacking the ability to regulate their activity levels and their emotions
  • Children hitting with too much force when playing games like tag
  • A continuous rise in sensory and motor deficits

Strauss goes on to say, "Young brains depend on frequent movement experiences throughout the day in order to learn, yet most schools fail to provide this essential, basic need." She suggests that educators think of creative ways to integrate movement into the school day including creating outdoor classrooms and incorporating whole-body learning experiences.

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Topics: Kinesthetic Learning, move to learn, physical activity