Sport - 01/20/2017
“Mounting evidence shows that movement is crucial to every other brain function, including memory, emotion, language and learning”, says John J. Ratey, MD.
Movement and sensory stimulation are integral parts of the process of learning. So even though swimming is fun, there is a very serious side to these movements that impact the developing brain.
We have integrated swimming into our movement programme and this forms a huge part of the gross motor development of the little children during the summer months. Swimming not only helps to develop muscle tone, coordination and balance but also helps eye movement control for reading, fine motor skills for writing, spatial awareness needed for math, cross patterning movements needed for reading, writing and spelling.
Swimming strengthens a child’s muscles more rapidly than playing on the floor due to water resistance and because water has greater resistance than air, it is an excellent medium to promote sensory processing. Swimming uses all of the muscles, while playing on the floor does not. Swimming helps develop a children’s self-confidence as well. The swimming coach teaches them how to behave around water and this ensures that water safety is instilled in each child.
Lynn van Jaarsveld
Principal: Little Falls Pre-Primary