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Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development

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Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development

Why movement and exercise is important for children's learning and development   As you may already know I am a Masters qualified Developmental Educator, and Post-Graduate qualified Exercise Physiologist.   To write this article I have put my 'Exercise Physiology hat on' as I want to share with you my expertise about how movement and exercise have a positive impact on a child's learning and development.   Before going too far in to this blog article, I want you to understand what I mean by the term 'exercise'.   Exercise doesn't just include the activities of running, swimming, cycling, working...

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Why is balance important for children's learning and development?

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Why is balance important for children's learning and development?

Why is balance important for children's learning and development? Imagine being unsteady on your feet with poor confidence in your balance, and then being required to play on a huge playground at lunch time, find your way through a busy classroom to get to your lunch box, and then be able to balance yourself during a physical education class without embarassing yourself in front of your friends.   Children who struggle with balance often avoid the activities and exercises that they need each day to improve their balance.   This vicious cycle of poor balance can not only impact their...

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Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector

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Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector

Why I am passionate about working in the early learning sector   Warning: This blog post has been unedited and has been typed straight from my heart.    I have been learning a lot about myself and business since creating Play Move Improve. I have had to learn that unfortunately I can't fix everything. As much as I want to, I can't change the curriculum that frustrates educators and teachers. I can't change the way that some parents parent. I can't change the way that NAPLAN encourages more priority with academics over connection and play.   What I can change...

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Why is crawling important for infants, toddlers, and school aged children

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Why is crawling important for infants, toddlers, and school aged children

Why is crawling important for infants, toddlers, and school aged children   Most babies will start crawling between the ages of 8 months to 12 months. Babies will often learn to crawl by first learning to creep (army crawl). Babies then start to come up on to their hands and knees and rock their pelvis back and forth. As babies learn how to shift their body weight forward while rocking, babies may then start to apply pressure to their foot against a couch or parent's hand. This 'push off' technique propels the babies body forward. After hours of practice and trial and error the...

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How technology use is impacting children’s motor skills

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How technology use is impacting children’s motor skills

How technology use is impacting children’s motor skills Before reading below, please note that my daughter is watching TV as I type this blog article. While I can see the risks of technology. I do also see the many benefits to technology use for children, and for parents.     In this blog article you will learn how technology use for children may be hindering their learning and development. In my view, technology use refers to children spending hours watching TV, playing video games, using their parent's smart phone, or interacting with a smart device.   My concerns about technology...

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