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Studies find that fit, active kids make better learners

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 1:15 am | Updated: 1:00 pm, Tue Sep 11, 2012.

Children who move regularly in the classroom do better in school than those who do not. A study in Kansas found that achievement improved on standardized tests in math, science, and reading in classrooms where movement was regularly integrated in the learning process. Youth in Illinois who participated in a before-school activity program improved their performance in math and other subjects.

Studies in California show that fit kids perform better on standardized tests than unfit kids. A large study in Texas showed similar associations between fitness and academic achievement.

In addition, the Texas study showed that fit kids are less likely to miss school and to experience discipline problems.

The research of Dr. Chuck Hillman at the University of Illinois helps provide an explanation for the improved academic performance of active and fit kids.

His research, like the study in Kansas, showed that kids perform better in achievement tests after a single bout of physical activity. His lab studies indicate that a 20- to 30-minute bout of exercise can improve cognition as much as 10 percent.

Using special devices to monitor brain activity, Hillman has shown that exercise improves the processing speed of the brain. Exercise helps students to be attentive and stay attentive.

Exercise also has long-term benefits. Regular exercise has been shown to improve mental functioning as we grow older and may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently prepared a report: The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance.

Based on a review of more than 50 studies, the CDC report concluded that, “there is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores.” The complete CDC report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics.

The bottom line is, fit and active kids are good learners. Schools that promote physical activity during the day, including having quality physical education, will have better learners than schools that don’t. Exercise breaks during the day, including exercise breaks before testing, enhance learning and test performance.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin is professor emeritus at Arizona State University, author of more than 90 books on fitness and activity, and was the first chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board. For more information on the National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, go to www.health.gov/paguidelines.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047, www.focaz.org.


 

Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit http://magicaljourneylc.org or call (480) 703-3302.


 

Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month. www.dancestudio111.com, (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. www.dancestudio111.com. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105, www.azallstars.com.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com