The purpose of the curriculum is to address childhood obesity by increasing physical activity minutes as well as the amount of time spent in vigorous physical activity.
New research now shows that sitting for long periods is linked to chronic diseases, even if you are engaged in the daily recommended amount of exercise.
Sitting has been deemed the new smoking. Did you know that 1 in 3 children born after the year 2000 are expected to have diabetes in their life, and if that child is Hispanic or African American, that rate is 1 in 2? Even more disturbing is this generation of kids is expected to die five years younger than their parents. Our program helps give them their five years back by making their health a priority and giving them increased opportunities to be active
The program consists of an early childhood education research-based curriculum that utilizes three strategies:
1) WOW! (Working Out for Wellness) Games
Games are non-elimination, high activity games played during a structured break time that takes about 15 minutes between set-up, playtime, and clean up time.
2) Brain breaks
The brain breaks are short, five-minute activity breaks used during a transition time, or when students are losing focus on a task.
3) Playground markings
The academic markings are painted on concrete or blacktop to enhance the play area and encourage ‘active learning.’ The locomotor/educational patterns have been proven to increase children’s activity as it entices them to follow the foot patterns.
1. Establish a fun environment that encourages children to be physically active.
2. Promote social cohesion among all students.
3. Encourage game play outside of Enrichment time by providing knowledge and skills of a variety of games to play outside of daycare.
4. Promote safety during game play.
Our ultimate intended outcome with the Enrichment program will instill a “culture of literacy” in the populations served.
Areas reflecting a higher level of poverty and minority representation mix with lower levels of education and reading proficiency can benefit significantly from an early intervention active movement, reading, and nutritional educational program directed at children as young as three to five.
The bigger picture for the Enrichment program remains parallel to our already ECL centers. The Community Development Division (RMSER as a whole) believes that when the fabric of community is destroyed, things that middle class communities take for granted — working schools,
usable playgrounds, adequate housing, support from religious institutions, functioning civic organizations and safe streets — are nonexistent, or so marginal as to be ineffective.
Kandice Porter , Founder/Owner, Bonding To The Beat - music component used within RMSER’s Enrichment Program.
Visit her site at bondingtothebeat.com
RMSER Centers will offer multiple interactive services but not limited to (ages 5- 18):
Health & Wellness, Educational Services, Recreation/Athletics, Social Awareness’s and Summer Camps We believe the crisis of reading proﬁciency in our state calls for a multi-layered and coordinated approach that offers high quality instruction in a variety of forms.