Tag: active kids


No Rules Recess: School Encourages “Dangerous” Free Play for Better Attention and Emotional Grounding Development

No Rules Recess: School Encourages “Dangerous” Free Play for Better Attention and Emotional Grounding Today, many schools can only dream about student improvements in concentration and better attention, decreased bullying incidents, increased self-confidence and tons of movement to train the brain and burn off energy. However, one school in New Zealand and also in Finland is seeing these exact results with longer recess periods and more...

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Sleep Tips: How to (Actually) Get Your Child to Sleep Parenting

Sleep Tips: How to (Actually) Get Your Child to Sleep Guest Post Kyle Anderson Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature sleep tips with guest blogger Kyle Anderson. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Once you have children of your own, the phrase “sleeping like...

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Scooter Boards for Vestibular Input: What to Add to Your Sensory Room Sensory

Scooter Boards for Vestibular Input: What to Add to Your Sensory Room This article contains information on the importance of scooter boards for vestibular and sensory integration. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. There is no doubt how much kids love scooters, especially those that come to our center. Scooters are great for motivating kids to be active and they provide great opportunities to...

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Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Physical Literacy

Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Guest Post Jennifer Pinarski Edmonton’s Amanda Ebert is an adapted physical activity consultant at University of Alberta’s Steadward Centre. Her best days at work are those in which she uncovers inaccuracies.“My favourite is when assumptions are challenged and proven wrong,” says Ebert. “These could be assumptions held by students, community leaders, parents, children, and...

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If getting kids physically active increases their academic scores, why is it not being done in every school? Physical Literacy

If getting kids physically active increases their academic scores, why is it not being done in every school? Guest Post Richard Monette The science is clear: If you get kids moving throughout the school day, they will do better academically. That’s the case being made in the article “Building a better brain” recently published in the Globe and Mail. The article quotes Harvard Medical School’s...

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Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one Physical Literacy

Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one Guest Blog Post AFL Team A recent article by the New York Times editorial board highlights a disturbing, yet growing, trend across schools in North America. As parents and educators turn up the academic pressure on kids, cuts are being made to make sure they have more time in the classroom. Which means your...

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Physical literacy checklist: 6-9 years Development

Physical literacy checklist: 6-9 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic sport skills that your child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Striking sports Striking is the act of hitting an object – such as a ball – with either your hand or a tool – such as a racquet, bat, or stick. As...

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Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Development

Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your preschool child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Running By age four, your child should be running with confidence. You want to make sure she continues to run and to develop her strength and balance, as running is...

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Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before Physical Literacy

Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before Guest Blog Post Blaine Kyllo We’ll admit that the term “physical literacy” is a bit of a mouthful. When we use the phrase with parents who’ve never heard it before, they tend to furrow their brows and cock their heads as they work out what it means. It’s true that when we’ve explained what physical literacy is,...

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4 ways to support your child to be physically active in kindergarten Guest Blog Post Sherrie-Mae Guthrie Is your little one heading to kindergarten in the fall? There is so much to be excited about, including school supplies, first day of school outfits, and making new friends. In anticipation of this milestone, you’ve probably been helping them to recognize letters and numbers, reading with them,...

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