Cognitive Development Through Sports

Dear parent, welcome.

We are a small family business which strives to inspire a parent community and provide child-centered education. We learn alongside our children and experience the wonders of progress with curiosity. We share best practices and studies which are relevant to our mission.  

We believe that the ability to willingly give meaning and make associations (between knowledge and life events) allows us to live a life of gratitude and fulfillment.

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Why join us?

We live in a world where many dissociations can occur, today we can experience the great taste of candy without any nutrition benefits, we sit thinking for hours without movement and we learn without affection or immediate use of the lessons. These are just a few examples of dissociations and we are sure that by reflecting on this topic you the parent can find many more.

Our history of evolution shows that we thrive best as integrated humans with many channels of self-worth.  Most of our evolution happened through the integration of affection, thoughts, movement and nutrition. Thoughts and movement were associated with hunting and survival, taste was associated with nutrition and learning was associated with affection and interaction with family and tribe members.

We are not suggesting that we should turn back in time. We appreciate the progress of humanity and are grateful to live in a much better environment that our ancestors did.

We are dedicated to inspiring the principle of integration in children, parents, grandparents. We want family members to appreciate each other, to share experiences and contribute so that every member feels valued, appreciated and with a strong sense of self-worth.

Fundamentals

Although our fundamentals are described individually, our sports programs use at the core the principle of integration. Please click to expand each tab.

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.1 Play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.7,10,11,16

Play is integral to the academic environment. It ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. It has been shown to help children adjust to the school setting and even to enhance children’s learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem-solving skills.2232

Read more… http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182

 

Reflection in its simplest form is thinking about what you do or did in order to improve or simplify. It is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience, in that you think about what you did, and what happened and decide from that what you would do differently next time.

Thinking about what has happened is part of being human. However, the difference between casual ‘thinking’ and ‘reflective thinking’ is that reflection requires a conscious effort to think about events and develop insights into them.

Reflection involves linking a current experience to previous learnings (a process called scaffolding). Reflection also involves drawing forth cognitive and emotional information from several sources: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile. To reflect, we must act upon and process the information, synthesizing and evaluating the data. In the end, reflecting also means applying what we’ve learned to contexts beyond the original situations in which we learned something.

Read more … http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/Learning-Through-Reflection.aspx

Creativity is a process whereby something new and valuable is formed through the use of imagination or original ideas. For children being creative provides opportunities for trying out new ideas and new ways of problem-solving. Creative thinking celebrates children’s uniqueness and diversity. It encourages them to express themselves openly and without judgment.
The ability to think, using analysis, judgment, and arguments, is largely concerned with “what is?.” This is a great skill, but not enough. There is another aspect of thinking which is concerned with “what can be, or what if?.” This type of thinking is where creativity comes to life when we are designing a way forward.

How do we inspire children to be creative?

  1. We listen to find meaning
  2. We use attention directing tools to inspire ideas
  3. We combine knowledge with real-life experiences so that associations between the two are made.

Here are a few effects we have noticed:

A change in attitude toward creativity. A willingness to look for further alternatives, the acceptance of provocation, willingness to try and listen to green hot thinking, and willingness to re-examine things that have always been done one way. Willingness to pause and see if there might not be a totally different approach.

“Character” is who we are, it’s a collective term for the qualities that you have, or don’t have, that set you apart from other people. When we talk about someone “having character” in a positive way, these qualities could include traits such as courage, honesty, loyalty, and integrity. Our character helps us to decide between what we think is right and what we think is wrong.

Becoming aware of character traits helps children / us, eliminate self-pity and replace it with gratitude. Drop self-importance and develop humility. Change worry into confidence and fear into faith. Eliminate greediness with generosity; laziness with self-discipline. Become proactive in changing who we are.

We’re not born with the qualities that make up our character. Character develops as we go through our life and enjoy different experiences, and it’s within our power to strengthen it if we want to.

We need to be challenged in real life situations to see whether our character is solid or not. It is through this process that we build character and make ourselves strong. We should welcome everything that comes our way, knowing that all things serve their purpose when we have committed ourselves to become antifragile.

Sport, along with a wide variety of exercise, is universally recognized as an effective way to keep in shape for most people, and a great start on the road to a healthy lifestyle. However, organized sports and individual activities can also sometimes have adverse effects in the form of injury.

With research warning that children who experience sporting injuries are at a higher risk of suffering from re-injury in the long term, it’s important to take some sensible precautions to avoid injury in the first place.

If we talk about injury we can’t limit our selves only to the physical misbalances. Any complex activity requires much more than, strength, skill, and mobility it requires being functional. Each one of us is unique and we operate in a different context and have different goals, therefore, we look to see beyond the technicalities of each movement pursuit or discipline. We strive to also develop balance, proprioception, reflexes so that the bodies become antifragile and have an earthquake architecture

We build intelligent practices which help children become aware of their strengths & limitations, practices which can predict, prevent or dimish injuries in the first place.

How do we deliver?

We promise to nurture every child’s potential, fuel his passion.  We listen before we speak and search for meaning before we judge. We help children develop their ability to think, have a voice, make a difference. We guide each student on a journey toward becoming an idea & thought creator, a decision makerWe inspire children to develop beautiful minds, filled with gratitude & love. And our favorite, we make learning fun.

Why did we choose cognitive development through sports?

Sports influences learning directly, science has proven that the brain ability to learn is at the maximum capacity when you are in the recovery phase after a period of high-intensity exercise. Adding exercise to your lifestyle sparks your brain function to improve learning on three levels:

  • First, it improves mind’s alertness, attention,  mood, and motivation.
  • Second, sports makes you a better learner as it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information.
  • Third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus which improves your long therm memory.

Here is what John J. Ratey, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School  has to say about exercise and sport.

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  • learn the sport you love
  • develop the ability to think by making use of thinking methods
  • willingly direct attention and maintain self control
  • develop responsibility – the ability to respond appropriately in any situation
  • practice discipline
  • practice recognition and gratitude
  • speak in public
  • learn english
  • efficiently communicate with others while seeking common ground
  • learn from opinions which are different from your own

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