Jumping straight into more brain matter.
Children between the ages of four(4) and eleven(11) have six(6) things that drive them every day. Those are as follows:
6) To explore(anything and everything around)
5) To be adventurous/no fear(jumping off beds or playing the floor is lava hopping from couch to couch with no fear of falling and getting hurt)
4) To be creative(building with blocks, drawing pictures)
3)To express themselves through their imagination(playing as astronauts)
2)To be successful(not in the sense of becoming a lawyer or something like but successful from your feedback as a parent. Telling them when they did a good job on something or when you’re proud of them)
and finally, 1) to play! (the reason why when trying to learn they’re constantly moving around). In order to keep children’s attention, you need to keep some of these drives in play to keep them engaged in what you’re talking about. Add in factors of imagination and make a time to play while continuing to learn about the topic.
Along with these drives, there are three(3) things that all relate to behavior; the Individual, the Situation, and the Environment. Out of the three things, there are only two that can be changed. The situation and the environment are the only things that can be changed to help with the child’s behavior, you can not change them. If your child is throwing a fit, take a moment to evaluate the situation going and to see what you can do to help change it to help calm them down and end the fit.
There has been a study in research that shows the children who have to sit out during play time or recess are the ones who NEED movement the most. The lack of activity made them less productive, have less impulse control, and had poorer listening skills when they returned back to the classroom. Movement helps to give children time to get all the wiggles out so they can focus on tasks easier.
We will end here for now and continue in our last segment part 4! The next part things get interesting when it comes to different genders.