There was an interesting article in NPR yesterday linking good motor skills and academic success. While the researchers are quick to point out other possible causes, the case for more physical activity both in school and out of school is irrefutable. Brains function best when they're happy, and brains tend to be happiest when they're getting plenty of exercise. Researchers believe this may have to do with increased levels of oxygen in the blood, we also know that exercise helps reduce anxiety and depression levels in adults and kids. In short, exercise is not just great for your body, but great for your mind and mood, too!
As an elementary school teacher and psychotherapist, we understand this. Our campers are active and engaged all day. Our days are structured to include a developmentally appropriate and skill-level based ride in the morning, followed up with a variety of games in the afternoon, which include running, throwing and having serious fun! Our campers leave us with increased skill and confidence on the bike, as well as joy which comes from being outside, exercising and playing with engaged adults and other kids.