Linking Practice to Theory and Research – Movement and Learning

Linking Practice to Theory and Research – Movement and Learning

At IDEA ELC we are interested to know that there is growing evidence to support the view that playing outdoors in the early years is not only enjoyable for young children, it is also essential to them developing healthily as well as learning about their world and developing appropriate attitudes to the environment.

A survey by the Children’s Play Council found that 80% of children prefer to play outdoors rather than indoors. When asked about their preference for different activities, 86% of children preferred outdoor learning activities.

As adults, both as parents and practitioners, we need to listen to the voice of children and ensure we do all we can to provide them with good quality outdoor experiences.

So much of education throughout the school years emphasizes the need to sit down, sit still and carry out tasks set by the teachers. But actually, research and experience shows that nothing could be further from the best for children. Learning involves being on the move, actively exploring, finding out and talking with others.

‘Young children learn about themselves and their environment through movement. Piaget, Bruner and Donaldson- great and influential developmental psychologists- say that for the youngest children, movement is ‘thought in action’. Children have to first experience the world actively through all their sense before they can think in the abstract and hold thought or memory of those things in their heads as pictures, concepts or symbols.’ (Ouvery, 2003).

Would you like to see how we build movement into a child’s day, using the Creative Curriculum? Call our Registrar Natalie who will arrange a tour 800 4332 352.