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WHAT CARDBOARD BOXES CAN TEACH KIDS

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Like red rubber
balls and teddy bears, broccoli refusals, skipping rope, sticky fingers, boo
boo kisses, bath time pouts, and nighty night tuck ins, I think cardboard boxes
are essential kit for little kids.




And the
granddaddy of them all are refrigerator boxes.




Guess what
arrived at my house the other day? (he-he-he!)




After a day
with my grandchildren and a big cardboard box, it got me thinking about why kids
love cardboard boxes, and why cardboard boxes are great for kids...




Six
Learning Dimensions of a Cardboard Box


(Refrigerator
or Otherwise)













1. SPATIAL AWARENESS. Babies do it. Toddlers do it. Preschoolers
too. (And I bet more than once you've secretly wanted to as well.) The first
thing little kids do when confronted with a cardboard box is try to get in it.
Cute as this is, there's actually an important reason why they do this. It's
called Spatial Awareness.




You see, in the early years, little ones spend a good
deal of time getting to know their own bodies, and with that comes the
necess…

SINGSTRUCTIONS

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As a mum and former early years teacher, I am fully qualified to tell you
it can be really difficult to get little ones to follow instructions
sometimes. Now, sure, there are times they don't want to do what you're asking
of them. And of course, they're easily distracted (especially when they don't
want to do what you're asking of them!). But in my experience, when instructions are a struggle, it probably has more to do with the
brain's ability to process new information and store it in memory long enough
for the instruction to be carried out.





It may not seem like it, but children are born with the same memory capacity adults have. What they're lacking is the experience they need to use it efficiently or effectively
just yet.
 That's because in the early years, the brain is laying down neural pathways that
determine how information is processed, stored, and retrieved. Until those
pathways are in place, reliable memory (short-, working-, and long-term memory)
is sti…

"ACADEMIC CREEP"

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Not long ago, I was talking to a mom of a three year old little girl. She
was clearly a loving mom and very in tune with her daughter who was bright, curious,
fun-loving, happy, and healthy. In other words, all's well.




But this mom was concerned that her daughter "wasn't interested in
anything educational in nature." She explained that she's tried lots of
different ways to interest her child in letters and numbers, but her daughter
"just isn't having any of it." So she wanted to know if I had any tried and true ways of introducing the ABCs and 123s to little ones.




I think this concern is very concerning.







What Is Educational?

In our current
culture, it seems we've all embraced the notion that anything related to
academics is "educational" and everything else is somehow not.
I call this
"academic creep" -- a teach-to-the-test mentality that's clouding our
view of learning and short-changing our children by denying one
simple, intuitive …

THE KINETIC SCALE: Beyond Gross & Fine Motor

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Well, it's official! A Moving Child
Is a Learning Child
is in print!

















Here's a little preview…







In our new book, you'll see we're introducing a brand new tool we haven't talked about yet
here on the blog. We call it THE KINETIC SCALE, going beyond gross and fine motor to better understand how movement fuels the body
and the brain for
learning. (Oh, and health and fitness too!)





I like to think of The Kinetic Scale as the food pyramid for movement. It breaks movement down into its essential "nutrients," making it easy to see and understand what's happening in children's development. And of course,
once you know what goes into it, it's easy (and fun!) to create a "well balanced
diet" of movement kids need each day.




























We'll talk more about The Kinetic Scale and how to use it in the coming
weeks. But in the meantime, once again, Cheryl and I would like to thank all of
you for your inspiration, support, and encouragement in bringing A Moving Child Is…

WHEN THE SCORE DOESN'T MATTER

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Today there are so many wonderful programs to introduce young children to the idea of individual and organized sports. From itty bitty soccer teams to gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and so much more, children are being exposed to sports and sport techniques at a very young age. And in my view, that's all great so long as three things are firmly in place...



1. Your child is having FUN at whatever he's doing

2. Your child is getting a VARIETY of physical experiences along the way

3. Any notion of judgment or competition... winning/losing, succeeding/failing... is kept OFF the playing field 







THE FUN IMPERATIVE
Now, the good news is most of the programs I know recognize, honor, respect what I call "the fun imperative" for little ones. Put simply these programs put the emphasis where it needs to be... on participation, exploration, experimentation, effort, and joy.




However, from time to time I run into a grown-up who seems to have something else in mind (or simply forgets what …

BULLSEYE!

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Well, it's finally here. The Olympics! The greatest display of skill, strength, speed, stamina, sportsmanship, and the human spirit on the planet! Like all Olympic fans, I plan to spend the next two weeks with my jaw in the fully-dropped position, watching unthinkable feats of physical perfection. And if you're like me, chances are you'll find yourself asking, "how did they do that?"




So, as my tribute to The Games, throughout the next couple of weeks let's rewind the tape... all the way back to early childhood... and go find out where all of that skill, strength, speed, stamina, sportsmanship, and spirit got started.










BULLESEYES TAKE BALANCE

Archery may not be one of the "prime time" sports of The Games, but boy does it take exceptional skills that all begin in early childhood...




BALANCE. Now, of course, you're saying to yourself isn't STILLNESS the first order of business in archery? And it is. But the precursor to stillness is balance.




And bala…