Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Stand up to work
Kids today are much more sedentary than we used to be. We were always out and about playing in the yard and in the neighborhood. There were always friends and games to play outside. We didn't have all the video devices, phones, and other electronic devices available today. Kids today (for the most part) sit far more than we ever did. We see it in the obesity epidemic in children and we see it in some children being generally weak. So, have children stand to do tasks. Have them stand to do puzzles at the table, have them stand to do table top tasks such as stringing beads, lacing cards or playing games. Standing is great to help strengthen the trunk and add stability, which is important when students are writing. We need trunk stability to use our arms and hands for writing and cutting. It amazes me when I get one of my students to stand up to work, just how quickly they tire out. Children sit for most activities now and find it difficult to stabilize themselves to stand and perform. But, it is so important for them to be able to do just that.