Exercise and Academic Performance – NYTimes.com.

New study found that exercise can significantly improve children’s cognitive abilities and their academic performance, as well as their health.  This seems like a “no brainer” to me, yet, schools continue to cut recess and require students to sit still for a long time!

I remember when I was in 2nd grade ( a long time ago) Sister Mildred, who was about 110 years old and wore a full habit, would stop the class work each day  to lead us around the room singing and dancing – it was a full out dance party for 15 minutes!  That was in addition to playground and PE class.  She recognized the importance of movement and saw to it that the children in her care, not only exercised but had fun!  I will never forget the sight of her skipping and dancing- robes and habit flapping away!  I suspect she benefited as well!

What can you do, as an educator or parent, to ensure that children have exercise as part of their daily school diet?  What does exercise look like at your school?  Yoga? Stretching?  images (14)

Sitting on exercise balls instead of chairs?  Maybe, you too could have dance parties- just like Sister Mildred!

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