The Early Learning Campus at the University of Louisville conducted a study of 40 preschoolers, each four-years old, and the impact of our Minds-in-Motion school “Maze” program.
The favorable results echo the feedback we enjoy from educators implementing this program in 12 states.
The study entitled “Effects of the Physical Activity program called ‘Minds-in-Motion’ on Children’s Perceptual and Motor Skills”, was conducted by Dr. Daniela Terson de Paleville and Dr. Carla Vidoni of the University of Louisville.
The 40 children – who were four-years old – were pre-tested and post-tested after the Minds-in-Motion daily program over an 11-week period.
On July 1, 2013 the results of the University of Louisville study were submitted to Early Childhood Research quarterly magazines for publication.
The favorable results documented the benefits of the Minds-in-Motion Maze for early childhood students! We are proud these results have been published by a respected research quarterly!
Here is an excerpt of the study’s conclusion:
The present study shows that the Maze approach and stations intervention resulted in significant changes in preschoolers’ motor skills, specifically in balance and coordination.
This study also shows that teachers who were trained to use this teaching approach found it easy, feasible to implement, and beneficial for the children. The results of this study suggest that it is possible to provide preschoolers with daily structured physical activity time from which they can benefit.
It is important to point out that even though classroom teachers can effectively design and implement quality of movement programs, school administrators play a major role in encouraging teachers to learn, implement, and sustain planned movement activities approaches.
The sustainability of a structured program such as this is critical to the development of children’s locomotor (e.g. running, jumping, skipping, and hopping), manipulative (e.g. catching, throwing, and striking), and body-management skills (e.g. agility, balance, coordination, and flexibility). These are in addition to the all-important visual and auditory processing, which are increased by Minds-in-Motion vestibular strengthening, and are critical for every student’s learning potential.
These skills are building blocks for engagement in higher cognitive processing, lifetime physical activity and emotional health benefits.
We see the benefits of our program everyday in our centers and get incredible feedback from the educators implementing our school program. It serves as an additional triumph to have the benefits of Minds-in-Motion documented by a research study!
CLICK HERE to review the research study article.