Michelle Obama developed “Let’s Move,” a national campaign to combat childhood obesity through fitness and nutrition programs. Placing children on the right path to living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential, and that is why Goddard initiated its “Get Active” campaign. Every day inside and outside the classroom, The Goddard School takes great strides to get preschoolers, toddlers and infants up and moving.
The Goddard School’s located in Marshallton and Exton, Pennsylvania, have incorporated the enrichment programs below to help support these efforts.
- Healthy Kids – This program that helps teach young children about nutrition and making good food choices.
- B.A.S.E. Fitness – A program specifically designed and equipped for preschool children with four curricular goals that address their physical fitness: B=Balance, A=Agility, S=Strength, and E=Endurance.
- Yogaroo – Yoga enhances cross-curricular learning for children of all ages. Using nature, animals and imagination, young learners begin to show improvements in focus, balance, creativity, flexibility, body awareness and control.
- Lil Sports – Children develop cooperation, sharing and teamwork skills as they engage in age-appropriate organized sports and learn the most important reason to play sports is to have fun!
- The Music Experience – This music and movement program offers additional interactive movement through music appreciation and dancing.
To encourage children to “Get Active,” here are some simple and helpful ideas that you can try at home:
- Take It Outside – Limit “screen time” and encourage your child to go outside and PLAY. Have a relay race, set up an obstacle course or bring back one of your favorite childhood pastimes like hopscotch or jump rope.
- It’s In Your Nature – Take your child on a nature walk. Use this great opportunity to talk to your child about plants and animals you see while getting fresh air and exercise.
- Get Dramatic – When you’re transitioning a child from one activity to another – like play time to dinner time – ask them to move like their favorite animal. Hop like a kangaroo, slither like a snake or waddle like a duck.
- Be a Good Sport – Preschool age children love to learn the basic rules of popular sports and games. Take this opportunity to talk about sportsmanship.
- Be Free – Remember free play? Let go of some structure, and encourage your children to use their imaginations in their indoor and outdoor play.
- Stretch It Out – Preschoolers love basic yoga moves. Take a few minutes each day to stretch with your little one.
- Put Some Movement In Your Music – When you sing songs or listen to music with young children, encourage them to dance with scarves, make up movements to go with the lyrics or just DANCE and move their bodies to the music.
To learn more about The Goddard School’s philosophy on fitness and nutrition, or our contextual learning curriculum, please visit our Exton or Marshallton locations on the web or call to speak directly with our on-site owners:
Click here for The Goddard School located in Exton, or call on-site owners Melissa Capodanno or Wendy Cohen – 610-363-6698
Click here for The Goddard School located in Marshallton, or call on-site owners Wendy and Richie Cohen – 610-431-1330
*Disclosure: This post sponsored by The Goddard School.