It is well documented that physical activity results in improved behavior, reduced absenteeism, and better grades. In 2013, the Journal of School Health published findings from researchers at the University of Tennessee that linked muscular strength and endurance to academic performance.
Kids need time to “get out the wiggles,” especially in out-of-school time programs. Commit to being intentional about giving kids time to move more by scheduling organized activities and integrating movement into learning.
Plan to Move
Time for Physical Activity
Afterschool programs should allow for physical activity at least 10% of total program time. Follow these tips to make this happen in your program daily. (TAN blog)
Integrating Physical Activity Into Learning
Afterschool Energizers is a resource for grades K-8. Energizers are designed to enhance academic skills, life skills, and character development.
Alternatives to Withholding Physical Activity
Taking physical activity away for misbehavior decreases attention span and increases behavior problems. Consider adopting alternative discipline options.
Fitness circuits are an easy and fun way to facilitate movement in afterschool. Download these posters to create fitness stations for students of all abilities.