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Study the resources below to understand the why movement is important, what to teach, and how to teach it.


Starting in infancy children should be free to play and move their body as much as possible. Provide lots of space, both indoors and out. Let them climb, build forts, wrestle, tumble, and jump. Nature is the best place to practice these skills, but when the weather is not agreeable a large room with cushions, mats, balls, etc. will do. Gymnastics, tumbling, and swimming classes are good skills to start in the early years.
From an early age children show a natural instinct for rhythm. Before the mind can understand rhythm on staffs and notes, they must feel the rhythm in their body and move to it through dance and drill. Simple musical games and folk dancing create a foundation for future musical knowledge. Sing Solfa combines singing lessons and folk games/dancing. More advanced dancing is learned in later forms.
Charlotte Mason used Swedish Drill in her schools and believed it to be a necessary part of physical training. It requires attention and coordination and should not be taught until formal lessons. It is my personal opinion that yoga poses and sequences are an acceptable substitute if Swedish Drill is not working for your family.
Recent evidence reveals that high school athletes who start training at a young age and specialize in one sport are 50% more likely to be injured. It is important to play a variety of sports and not start training too early. Sports before this age should ideally be unstructured and fun to avoid causing injury and long-term damage.


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