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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning through the Physical

When the term "learning through the physical," is used, or, "learning through movement," the basis behind the two are the same.  They both indicate that physical education does not just positively effect you muscles and rest of your body.  While physical education and physical activity obviously are advantageous to keeping fit and staying healthy, the purpose of physical education is based on the fact if it is used effectively, it can influence both the cognitive and social-emotional development in children.  This is something that many use to argue for daily physical education in schools, and one that is very hard to argue with.  With giving kids a chance to run around for even just a half hour or so a day, it stimulates aspects of the brain that will help them in a more rigid class setting such as math or social studies, when their mind might otherwise wander.  Phys-ed also gives them a chance to interact with others, both classmates and teachers, building friendships and teaching them how respect in relationships work with other people at a young age, continuing this throughout their schooling.  Learning these values at a young age and growing as a person and intellectually without even realizing it is one of the best things about the concept, "learning through the physical."

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