Anyone who has been around children knows that children love to be active. But activity is much more than fun. Children learn from movement and develop essential skills. That’s why at Chance, movement is an integral part of learning, whether inside the classroom or outside on our beautiful campus. You won’t find children restricted to their seats, sitting in rows with few choices. What you will see is children up and doing, exploring the room, active in projects and stimulated by collaboration.
Chance students experience a routine that blends learning centers, workshops, group time, PE classes and indoor/outdoor recess. It’s the right movement mix for developing minds.
For young children, movement is a necessary means of communication and learning. It is critical to their life and education. That’s why Chance teachers give children as many opportunities as possible to be physically active and to learn through movement – even in daily classroom activities.
Movement is like a generator to the brain, and of course, the brain is involved in all learning. Study after study has demonstrated the connection between the part of the brain that is primarily used in movement and the cognitive functions, such as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language and decision-making. And multiple studies have shown that physically active students have improved academic performance, achieve higher test scores and have a better attitude toward school.
With the prevalence of childhood obesity, the health benefits of movement during school are immeasurable. In addition to controlling weight, physical activity promotes strong bones and muscles, increases endurance and flexibility, reduces the risk of heart disease, and relieves stress and anxiety. In the classroom, students are more focused for longer periods of time.