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Quiet Fun!: Is There Such A Thing

Loud and outrageous squeals of delight erupted from the classroom as the childrenĀ  ran and jumped over pretend coconuts. As the music became faster and the children tried to keep pace with the music the children’s screams became louder and louder. BE QUIET!!!!!!!!! the teacher yelled above the music, WHY DO YOU ALL HAVE TO MAKE SO MUCH NOISE!!!!!!!

That’s a good question, why do they have to make so much noise? BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING FUN!!!! It is important as adults to stay connected to fun and joy, especially as parents, educators and caregivers. Fun and joy makes us happy and feel wonderful. They help us to be excited about living and experiencing life. It is also an excellent tool for learning and if you can make learning experiential and fun you have an amazing combination for creating learning retention.

To the teacher, it looked as though we were just running around in a circle jumping over objects, but so much more was going on. In listening to the music and matching their movement speed with the pace of the music the children were utilizing skills of focus, concentration and listening. It required the children to be present and in the moment. This is a necessary prerequisite for learning to focus and pay attention.

In this particular exercise it is quite a challenge to stay focused on the music and coordinate their bodies to be able to jump over the objects that are not spread equal distance apart. In this lesson they are learning about what their bodies can do ( how high or far it can jump), they are developing spatial awareness( how their bodies fit and move in space and the relationship it has to space). This is experiential learning at its best, and to top it off it’s so much fun!

Yes, there are other ways to have fun that aren’t so noisy, but I put those things in the category of enjoyment. I believe learning can take place when we are enjoying ourselves too. I just think the intensity level is greater and the return is greater when fun is involved. In addition because they were using their muscles and brain together they were building better brains and bodies.

So take your kids out and have some fun, like roller coaster ride fun. You can actually do it in doors or out. During this time of the year, it’s not too hot so it’s great to do activities outdoors. You want to make sure that your children are getting at least 120 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. You can break it up over the day so that it’s manageable.

Try it and let me know how it turns out for you. Some ideas are kicking, throwing and bouncing all types and sizes of balls. The park or playground, sports and just rolling down grassy hills are other options to try. Also for additional info on healthy eating and activities download a free report at http://www.healthykidsweightloss.com.

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