Ellie Lichtash

08 January 2018

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Movement and the Mind

Movement and the Mind

What is the connection between Movement and Learning?  The science of the brain, called neuropsychology, tells us  that the way in which children learn is intimately connected to their movements.

We also learned that when movement is involved, the brain is stimulated differently than it is when one is passively watching and listening. Our brain depends on all kinds of movements to develop.  This notion seem to stand in direct contradiction to the conventional education system that requires young children (through 6th grade)  to sit down for blocks of time, of half an hour to 45 minutes. On the other hand, in our classroom, a child’s learning constantly involves movement. A child has to take the materials off the shelf,  walk around and find a spot in the class that is vacant, workout to build the Pink Tower or to solve a 4-digit math problem. Children are free to move about the Montessori environment because movement is a sensory activity that has direct connections to the brain. Dr. Maria Montessori writes in her book, The Absorbant Mind, that purposeful movement is what drives not only behavior but also learning.  Encouraging Movement everywhere, at Yoga class or Music class, at home or outdoors is what helps our children develop better brains.

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