If you were a fly on the wall of any Waldorf classroom, you would notice that our students do not sit in their desks all day long. They are moving, jumping rope, using their hands, and learning in experiential ways, because Waldorf teachers understand that bodily movement is key in helping concepts penetrate memory for recall in the future.
This is great news for both busy and sedentary students. For the active child, sitting for extended periods of time can be difficult, leaving them feeling distracted and disconnected from the material presented, while the sedentary child may be content to sit and dream while avoiding the teacher’s radar. When children are encouraged to move while learning, their focus and participation significantly improves.
In the article, “Debunking the Belief That Sitting Equals Learning”, Rae Pica says, “Today we have research showing that the more senses used in the learning process the higher the percentage of retention. That means that if your child has the chance to experience a concept by seeing it, hearing it, and perhaps also touching it, that concept will have much greater relevance to your child and will stay with her much longer than if she’s simply reading or being told about it.”
Because movement is so important for brain development, you’ll see our students going on walks with their teacher. You’ll see them learning through playing physical, cooperative games. You’ll see them singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, passing beanbags, acting, making things with their hands, cooking, drawing, painting, gardening, and so much more! And guess what! Our students love coming to school, because all of their senses are engaged throughout the day, and sometimes without even realizing it, they are learning significant life-long lessons through their head, their heart, and their hands.
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