Keep your children moving & improving |

Keep your children moving & improving

SCOTT LIEBLERspecial to the daily
Special to the Daily/Scott Liebler

If you are a parent, provider or teacher of 2-5-year-old children, then you’ve probably noticed that their bodies tend to stay in almost constant motion with endless amounts of energy?Perhaps they know intuitively that physical movement is one of the most effective ways to help them develop their learning and performance abilities. Research shows that physical activity is just as important as receiving proper nutrition when it comes to the optimal development of young children.Physical activity 1) stimulates the whole brain and body, 2) makes vital neurological connections between the brain, nervous system and muscles, and 3) improves the circulation of blood and energy throughout the entire body and mind. With sufficient stimulation, connection and circulation – learning and living becomes more fun effortless and desirable!You can truly empower young children by providing them daily opportunities to move every part of their bodies through organized sequences. For example you could have them move each part of their body for 10-20 seconds in the following sequence to begin organizing their balance and coordination. 1. Wave with one hand, the other hand – then both hands2. Wave with the head then the chin3. Wave with the shoulders, the hips – then shoulders and hips4. Wave with the elbows ,the knees – then elbows and knees5. Wave with the whole bodySimple, yet one of the most logical sequences to keep your children moving so they will keep improving!Scott Liebler is the founder of the Hearts Education Foundation and creator of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail

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