How Movement Affects Learning
Friday, November 16, 2007 3:50 PM

What this means for the classroom is that if students do not move they cannot remember the information. This is why we do actions to things when we are learning new information. For instance, when we count we clap, jump, snap, etc. to have the movement needed to recall the information.

What can be done at home? When you are working on sight words do the actions we use in class. If your child does not remember the action have them make one up for each sight word. Once the word is learned they can either continue to do the action or may not need or want to do it anymore because it it anchored into the brain. Whenever you are working on a new concepts have them move in some way. As adults we do this without thinking about it. Some adults doodle, take notes, wiggle their foot, twist their hair, etc. These are all ways we have learned to move that are socially acceptable and meaningless enough that the task can be concentrated on and not the movement. Kids also need opportunities to move in the same way.