Movement forms the central focus of a child’s development and has vast implications for their cognitive and affective development as well as for their motor development. Movement provides children with a concrete means with which to act in, interact with, and react to the world.
The children use movement to explore, experiment with and discover their surroundings. Children also use movement as an information-gathering device to help them acquire increasingly complex knowledge. It can be used as a vehicle by which to expand their way of seeing themselves and their surroundings. Movement is therefore an inseparable part of the child’s being.
The amount of time available for movement is shrinking. Nowadays, children spend more and more time watching television and playing with computers – The fact that parents are socially active also doesn’t help the situation. The result is that their physical fitness is deteriorating. You may think that physical activities are only exercising but this is not true. Physical activities form the most important part of a young child’s life.
Children need opportunities to acquire all kinds of large- (gross motor) and small-muscle (fine motor) skills during early childhood. Children should be provided with meaningful movement experiences to enable them to display their physical abilities. Primitive man had to learn to use his body wisely or else he would have perished. Vigorous activity kept him fully functioning. Today we also depend on movement for survival to the same degree.
Human beings, primitive and modern, have the same basic physical, emotional, social and mental needs. This being said, we encourage you to spend time with your child, dancing, cycling, walking etc. Anything physical as it is beneficial for all parties involved.
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