Let Them Swing

by Patrick on July 13, 2010

Illustration of Patrick Next time you’re sitting on the playground, take a minute to watch your child swing. There is a lot going on behind the seemingly simple movement. Swinging requires a precise coordination between the mind and body. Even more important it requires balance.

Theses exact skills learned on the playground are needed in the classroom. If your child has problems swinging, or seems really drawn to the swings they probably have difficulty writing: specifically in letter formation and spacing. In the universe’s infinite wisdom a game was created that requires the same skills that kids will need desperately later in life.

Interestingly enough, my students who have no interest in swinging all have great handwriting. Having mastered that skill their brains have moved on to a more complicated game – where they will surly learn more skills they will need later in life too.

So let them swing and walk on those stone walls they seem to love. Let them jump on picnic tables and chairs. Let them play because their future depends on it.

Maybe kids should spend less time practicing their handwriting and more time playing on the playground.

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Megan July 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I STILL love swinging and I STILL have terrible handwriting. Maybe I should take the rest of the day off and go to the playground?