Win 4 Kids Finalist- Forest Glen School
Inspired by Eric Jensen’s book Teaching with Poverty in Mind they recognize that physical activities like climbing, traversing and hanging on a climbing wall can support memory function and help children from lower income families with learning and brain development.
“Research shows that physical activity, in particular the hand-over-hand action used in climbing, helps develop the brain. Studies also show that climbing uses both sides of the brain and thus helps develop new neural pathways, which are essential in learning. Based on this research, we know that physical activity can help a child reach their full potential and help with academic success,” said Krista Richard, the physical education teacher at Forest Glen School.
The school currently runs a Kids in Action program every morning before school starts. As part of the program, students are encouraged to walk, jog and skip rope. Focusing on the hand-over-hand action, the school also has a climbing wall that four students can use at a time.
With funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation, the school plans to build climbing, hanging and traversing stations around the gym to accommodate as many as 300 students. Richard says she also plans to teach students how to safely use the new wall climbing areas and encourage them during breaks throughout the day.
“The goal is to provide students with fun physical activities that help develop healthier bodies and healthier minds.”
Website - forestglenschool.nbed.nb.ca