Move and Play TM Reading Games
Research shows that children need to physically experience concepts in order to truly grasp them.
Why? The answer is the cerebellum. This small part of our brain that processes our movement makes up only 1/10th of brain volume, yet contains nearly half of all its neurons, most of which influence the rest of the brain.
A pathway has been found from the cerebellum to the parts of the brain that involve learning, language, and memory. That means that the same part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning.
So, since movement is the child’s preferred mode of learning, and movement is tied to learning, the theory is children should move while they are learning! That is the exact venue that Reading Wave provides.
TIME: Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read
“The study, released Nov. 30 in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport that the more time kids in Grade 1 spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years.”
Education Week: The Power of Movement in Teaching and Learning
“By teaching through the universal language of movement, we can offer a chance for real success to children who may be caught in a spiral of academic failure.”