How Movement Impacts a Child's Brain Activity

Do you ever wonder why...

your child bounces while counting, spins while spelling, or jumps while remembering song lyrics or words in a book? It has been proven that children learn better through movement and when multiple senses are engaged!
Studies show that the same regions of the brain that are responsible for movement are also responsible for higher level thinking. Movement helps awaken the brain to learn! A University of Illinois Study, led by Dr. Chuck Hillman, found that as little as 20 minutes of movement can lead to better cognition, improved memory, and higher test scores. Using MRI scans, researchers studied the brains of 9 and 10 year old's - half of whom engaged in aerobic exercise and half of whom sat quietly before taking a test.
Not only did the active children perform better on the test, the MRI images included below show a significant difference in brain activity between the active and nonactive children.


An image that shows MRI results of two brains. The brain on the left represents a child's brain after sitting still and it doesn't show very much activity. The brain on the right shows a child's brain after 20 minutes of exercise and there is a lot of different colors showing the increased brain activity.
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