Physical education is required in almost every school in our country. With obvious health benefits, it is very important that children learn the importance of physical activity. For some schools, they like to approach physical education in a different way.
At Mattawan Early Elementary School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they make use of their Fit for Life class. Just a half hour, twice a week, this short class has a large impact on student performance.
Physical activity has been proven to energize brains. From these observations, teachers have also noticed a change in student performance and attitude, along with self esteem. At this school, selected students who are more overactive and need opportunities to let off some steam attend the classes in the gym. The school has many programs that focus on using physical activity to help children in other ways.
Another program, Motor Moms and Dads, offers motor skill activities to all kindergartners and first or second graders with developmental delays. This intervention, called Brain Power Half Hour, allows parents and other volunteers to help aide children through six activity centers including balance beams, trampolines, mats, visual integration, stretches and strengthening exercises.
School staff has used these physical activities to decrease the need for special education in many cases. With early intervention, many students can redirect their focus, using the physical activities to help improve their mental capabilities. The different types on intervention that have been used in this school have proved successful in helping more students become more ready to learn.
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