GeekMom’s Education Week: Reading Readiness Has to Do With the Body

Reading Time: 1 minute

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CC BY-SA 3.0 via Flickr Joe Shlabotnik

Today’s children sit more than ever. Babies spend hours confined in car seats and carriers rather than crawling, toddling or being carried. As they get older their days are often heavily scheduled between educational activities and organized events. Children have 25 percent less time for free play than they did a generation ago, and that’s before factoring in distractions like TV or video games.

Left to their own devices, children move. They hold hands and whirl in a circle till they fall down laughing. They beg to take part in interesting tasks with adults. They want to face challenges and try again after making mistakes. They snuggle. They climb, dig and run. Stifling these full body needs actually impairs their ability to learn.

[To read more about what Laura Grace Weldon has to say about reading readiness and the active child, head over to GeekMom.]

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