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It seems that today, more than ever, students can quickly get lost in a sea of screens and distractions, leading to decreased engagement and attention span in the classroom. This is something our teachers and administrators at Long Island Hebrew Academy (LIHA) are well aware of and have addressed in our approach and curriculum. Physical activities for kids offer a unique opportunity for students to develop their focus skills while also enjoying a fun and interactive learning experience.

Our Approach

Physical activity plays an essential role in our curriculum at LIHA. Students benefit from the hands-on physical learning aspects of the STEM program, which includes many science and engineering experiments conducted in and out of the classroom. The students also engage in many activities, from art projects, cooking demonstrations, music, and organized gym and sports that keep their minds and bodies active and revitalized throughout the day.

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Boosts Cognitive Function

Research has consistently shown that physical activity improves cognitive function in students. Exercise has been linked to improved concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills. When students engage in physical activity, their brains are stimulated, leading to increased blood flow and oxygenation of the brain. This can result in better academic performance, particularly in subjects that require complex thinking and problem-solving.

Improves Mental Health and Well-being

Physical activity is a natural stress reliever, and incorporating it into the classroom can help reduce anxiety and depression in students. Exercise releases endorphins, also known as “feel-good” hormones, which can improve mood and overall mental health. Regular physical activity has also been linked to improved self-esteem and body image in children.

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Increases Student Engagement and Motivation

Physical activity can be a powerful tool for engaging students struggling with traditional teaching methods. Movement-based learning activities can help students stay focused and motivated, particularly for subjects like math and science. By using hands-on, kinesthetic activities, students can learn complex concepts more interactively and enjoyably.

Promotes Social Skills and Teamwork

Physical activity provides opportunities for students to develop necessary social skills such as teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills with their peers.

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Some Physical Activity Ideas for Kids in the Classroom

The following are some helpful ideas for physical activities for kids throughout their school day or after school during their homework:

Investing in Every Aspect of a Child’s Development

Incorporating physical activity into the classroom is a simple yet powerful way to support students’ academic success, mental health, and overall well-being. By prioritizing physical education, we can create more engaged, motivated, and well-rounded students.