Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Fitter Kids, Smarter Kids

by a contributor (Teresa Cheong from Lifebridges Communications)


Fitter kids really do better. Physiologically, fitter kids have larger brain structures. Academically, fitter kids are smarter kids – they perform better at school.

Several research studies have pointed to a positive correlation between high level of physical fitness, cognition and academic performance among American and Australian elementary and middle school students. 

Researchers from the California Department of Education studied nearly one million grade five, seven and nine students in 2002. 

Finding: Students with higher level of physical fitness had higher SAT-9 scores, particularly, in reading and mathematics. 

Researchers from the Australian National University studied 757 children from age 8 to 12 in 29 elementary schools in 2012 (Pediatric Exercise Science 2012).

Finding: Fitter kids are smarter kids. They had higher literacy and numeracy scores.  

Researchers from the Michigan State University, USA studied 312 sixth to eighth grade students at a West Michigan school (Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2012).

Finding: The fittest children had the best grades and test scores.

Some researchers however, stressed that for physical activity to have a positive impact on a student’s academic performance, it must be aerobic in nature and of sufficient level of intensity and duration. 

Physical Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Fitter kids do make smarter kids. Aim for three hours of movement or physical exercise a day if your child is under five. 


Get fit today! 
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Developing Locomotor skills 

Get your child to try different kinds of walk: walk fast, walk slow and walk on tip toes

Play chasing games to get your child running from one point to another 

Get your child to imitate the physical movements of animals. For instance, ask your child to gallop like a horse in the playground or hop like a kangaroo.



Developing Manipulative skills 

• Get your child to create objects using Lego sets and construction toys

Practise ball skills with your child. Get your child to throw a ball and catch it from you  

Encourage your child to build the highest tower by stacking up wooden blocks




Go out there and throw!

Developing Balance skills 

Two fun exercises to help your preschooler develop balance and coordination skills:

Animal Action

Get your child to imitate the actions of different animals such as hopping on all fours like a rabbit, flapping your arms like a bird and “flying” around obstacles, or sliding on the ground like a snake.


Pedaling

Teach your preschooler how to pedal with their feet on a bicycle. Provide physical help as your child as they learn to balance and pedal. 


Too busy to have more play time with your kids? Enrolling your preschooler in a physical exercise programme that progressively introduces sports and physical activities of increasing intensity will ensure that your child gets sufficient physical activity - to be fitter and smarter kids.




Sources:

http://johnratey.typepad.com/SattelRatey.pdf 

http://activeforlife.com/activities/


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206131830.htm

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Free trial lesson in November (selected classes)

by TOG (The Office Gal)

Hi everyone!

Free trial class this week at Kallang and Kovan...

Date: 6th November
Venue: The Cage Kallang (near McDonalds / KFC at the National Stadium area)
Time: 5.15pm to 6.00pm

Date: 9th November
Venue: Kovan Sports Centre
Time: 4.15pm to 5.00pm (4 to 6 year olds), 5.15pm to 6.00pm (2.5 to 4 year olds)



Come and join us at Kallang on Thursdays

We need you to register as we limit the class size to a maximum of 12. Please email us at info@readysteadygokids.com.sg.

If you have not been to our website yet to learn more about our programme, you can click here.

Hurry, hurry, don't wait to take this chance and get a FREE trial lesson! Email us today.