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Movement Breaks and Time on Task in Preschoolers

Movement Breaks and Time on Task in Preschoolers from www.YourTHerapySource.com/blog1Pediatric Exercise Science published research on 118 preschool students who participated in a 10 minute teacher implemented classroom based activity break for 2 days (study was over 4 days – 2 days the activity break was conducted and the other 2 days was regular instruction).   Physical activity was monitored via accelerometry.  Time on-task was measured by direct observation.

The results indicated the following:

1.  the 10 minute activity breaks resulted in a higher percent of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

2.  activity breaks also encouraged more on-task behavior after the activity break.

3.  the students who were the most off-task before the break improved on-task behavior by 30 percentage points.

The researchers concluded that teachers may improve time on-task after an activity break for preschoolers, especially in children who are the most off-task.

Reference:   E. Kipling Webster, Danielle D. Wadsworth, Leah E. Robinson. Preschoolers’ Time On-Task and Physical Activity During a Classroom Activity Break. PES Volume 27, Issue 1, February. doi.org/10.1123/pes.2014-0006


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