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Physical Activity and Memory Performance in Children

A recent article in the Psychology of Sports and Exercise reported on a study examing the effects of specifically designed physical activities on children’s foreign language vocabulary learning and attentional performance. The researchers examined physical activity and memory performance in children.

A recent article in the Psychology of Sports and Exercise reported on a study examing the effects of specifically designed physical activities on children’s foreign language vocabulary learning and attentional performance. The researchers examined physical activity and memory performance in children. Methodology of the Study on Physical Activity and Memory Performance in Children The participants included 104 children, […]

Physical Inactivity in Youth – It starts younger than you think!

The statistics are frightening for the future health of our young people. While schools are fretting over academic achievement to increase brain power, physical inactivity in youth is on the rise.

The statistics are frightening for the future health of our young people. While schools are fretting over academic achievement to increase brain power, physical inactivity in youth is on the rise. Think about your average elementary school students 30 years ago – many walked to school, had outdoor recess 2-3 times per day, walked home […]

Relationship between Physical Activity, Weight, and Motor Skill Development

Relationship between Physical Activity, Weight, and Motor Skill Development

Relationship between Physical Activity, Weight, and Motor Skill Development Children seem to move less and sit more.  Did you know that in the United States, only 22% of children meet the current physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity? In addition, 63% of children participate in more than […]

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I Spy Exercise Movement and Visual Perceptual Activity Freebie

I Spy Exercise - Visual Perceptual and Movement Activity

I Spy Exercise Movement and Visual Perceptual Activity Freebie Are you looking for a no-prep visual discrimination, visual motor, body awareness and exercise activity?  Here is a one-page black and white I Spy Exercise activity for you (download the freebie at the end of the post). Print the activity and give to the child with […]

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Super Simple Brain Break Tip

Super Simple Brain Break Tip

Super Simple Brain Break Tip While many of us know that increased physical activity levels are associated with higher academic scores, it can be hard to implement more exercise time during the school day. Here is a simple tip –  suggest to the teachers to squeeze in a super quick movement break every hour on […]

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10 Classroom Jobs that Require Physical Activity

All children benefit from movement throughout the school day.  Whether it be brain breaks, multisensory lessons or recess, physical activity helps students get the brain ready for optimal learning.  Another option to squeeze in physical activity time during the school day is to assign classroom jobs or chores that require physical activity and proprioceptive input […]

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8 Tips for Inclusive Sports Participation

Research indicates that persons with disabilities frequently join inclusive sports but do not continue with the inclusive sports overtime. Parents report rejection by staff and other participants. In addition, parents feel that there is a lack of contact and understanding of people with disabilities. Physical activity for persons with disabilities is extremely important. It is […]

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Physical Activity, Self-Regulation, and Preschoolers

Early Education and Development recently published research on whether active play during recess was associated with self-regulation and academic achievement in preschoolers.  Fifty one children were assessed on self-regulation, active play, and early academic achievement. The results indicated the following: 1.  higher active play was associated with better self-regulation, which in turn was associated with […]

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Extra Physical Activity and Academic Achievement

Research on the impact of physical activity intervention program on academic achievement was published in the Journal of School Health. The study provided 408 twelve year olds with an additional two hours per week of extra play and motion activities. The control groups were three different schools (matched for male/female ratio, average level of income, […]

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Exercise Rocks!

Make some exercise rocks!  Here the kids thought of some exercises and we wrote them on smooth rocks with metallic pens.  Try these activities: 1.  Scavenger Hunt:  hide the rocks outdoors.  When you find a rock perform 10 of the exercises on the rock and then return it to start.  The person or team with […]