The research is clear… learning is not solely dependent upon brain function. A powerful correlation exists between physical development (readiness) and cognitive development (readiness). Many of our youngest struggling learners need daily strengthening of core muscles, balance, sense of self in space, and crossing the midline.
Integrate essential physical readiness activities into your daily routine. Place sets of left-right handprints at child-level on the wall around or just outside your room. Ask children to do a set number of wall pushes each morning as part of their check-in routine. While waiting in line, ask your students to stand on one foot while they count by 5’s to 50. Challenge them to bring their index fingers together over their heads with their eyes closed. Ask them to hang limply from their waists and gently sway.
Most of our young learners today lack the extended, robust, outdoor play that develops physical readiness. We must intentionally weave strength and balance activities into transitions times.