Monday, April 06, 2009

From your belly to your brain


I'm not talking about food. I'm talking about belly crawling!

It is one of our latest little additions to schoolwork. We all know there are benefits to crawling for our babies. Did you know your older kids can reap some of the wealth, as well?

We have added activities now and then which have them army crawling around the house. It is a good way to wake up your brain. For kids who missed out on some of those developmental times, it helps reorganize them neurologically. The crawling process requires coordination. It's a fun way to get some exercise (and carpet burns). The list goes on!

One day I made a scavenger hunt, and taped all of the clues down on the baseboards, so they never had to get up. Another day they took turns retrieving puzzle pieces then worked together constructing the puzzle. Their favorite lately is just to do a few laps to the back of the house and back. We time them and they try to beat their record on another day. With older kids, competition makes EVERYTHING fun (or a small war, depending on how you look at it).

FYI - you can tie some socks around your elbows and knees for padding!



(photo by Richard Sweet)

11 comments:

this is us said...

how brilliant are you? are you using a specific neuro program or coming up with things on your own? we do a neuro-reorg consult at the beginning of may and are SOOOO looking forward to it...

Sara said...

hmmm cool!!

Christine said...

I'm just an insane research hound. I learned as much as I could about neuro-reorg, found a few YouTube videos and thought, "Why the heck not??" Such an easy activity to add to things. It doesn't hurt and it just might help!

I've also recently ordered the "Learning Breakthrough" program, which we can do at home. I'm super excited about this one (and have Lisa to thank for badgering me! lisajordanpuddin.blogspot.com).

Torina said...

Dude, you should wrap your kids in wet wipes and you'll have the cleanest house on the block ;)

Terroni said...

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at your house...

Recovering Noah said...

Laughing at Torina's comment. :-)

Christine, you're brilliant. I've had several specialists hint that many of Eli's issues -especially learning issues and not being able to cross midline with reading and writing - have to do with the fact that he never crawled.

But no one ever suggested that I start having him crawl now. Until you. I guess I owe you a hundred and fifty dollars, huh?

Will definitely consider using wet wipes instead of knee pads and see if he can get some of the spilled juice stains cleaned up. ;-)

this is us said...

Recovering Noah,

Um, you owe her $650. ;) That's what a neuro-reorg consult costs. But now I just want Christine to send me links to all her research instead.

- Jennifer

Lisa said...

Scavenger hunt...brilliant!!!! I woulda never thunk of that! Have you had them crawling backwards too? I've heard that it's great for the brain as well.
The Badger ;-)

cgivans said...

I get my kidoos crawling to try to encourage the baby to crawl!!! It's rather interesting to find out it is actually good for them too!!!

Dinah said...

In my work with young children over 10 years I thinnk I've had 2 kiddos in my care who skipped the crawling stage and they always were difficult children. As I took an Infant Development class for my M.ED (Which I haven't yet obtained), I began to understand how important crawling is to developing brains!

Cammie said...

When I was teaching public school, I had the joy of doing so in a school that made it a priority to study brain development in children. We learned many things to do with our children to help their brains. Crawling was one, thumb fugure eights (hold your thumb straight out in front of you and make an '8' on its side crossing back and forth in front of your body) was another, touching toes and heels in front and back of your body, using opposite arms (so as to cross the midline) was another. Anyway, where was I going with this?? Oh yeah, when parents would tell us that there children were 'so smart they skipped crawling' we would encourage them to have their child crawl...even if they were now walking...so as to work on that brain development. I think they thought we were crazy, but we knew it was a very important part them developing!