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Not only does this give the child time to examine all the tiny details, pick up all the rocks, and smell all the flowers, but it gives them a sense of autonomy and control.
Autonomy feels good at any age but it's especially important for this age group. So much of a young child's life is out of their control. It's important to give them opportunities for independence and freedom.
This is what helps build confidence and self-esteem.
Children NEED to move. It's essential to their development.
And not only their physical development but every aspect of development (including academic) is built on the foundation of proper gross motor and sensory development.
This happens when they're allowed to move freely - jumping, rolling, crawling, spinning, etc.
I just interviewed an occupational therapist who works with young children and I have a lot more to share about this topic. More on this to come in a post in the next two weeks.
If you're interested in learning more about this, check out the book Balanced and Barefoot, written by OT, Angela Hanscom.
...OR just wait for my interview post coming very soon :)
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