Let the Kids Stretch – for crying out loud!

In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention.
In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.

This article, “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” is a very interesting read. For the first month of school, my 6 year old was coming home and complaining about his back hurting. He said that they had to sit on the carpet for reading time for a “long” time. I told him that every few minutes he should try to stretch his back by taking a deep breath and sitting up straight or rolling his shoulders back. He came home the next day and told me that they were not “allowed” to move around during reading time. Seriously? 1st graders? Give them a frickin’ break and let them STRETCH! Stand up! Wiggle their bodies… I don’t know, but I am on to this crap. The public school system of America is constantly letting me down.

I can only hope that along with myself, there are other parents who realize what is going on in the classrooms today and how it is affecting every single child’s future. You might think that because your child is well-behaved and getting good grades means that there is no issue with the system. But their classmates, who MAY be having any type of issue, whether it be learning, sitting still, behavior, etc., will affect the future of all of our children. Why do we not want what is best for ALL students? Why do parents turn their cheek if THEIR OWN child has no issues… this affects ALL STUDENTS. It sounds so cliché but in case you need to be reminded, our children are the FUTURE, people. Come on.

In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them MOVE.

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