Extensive research in the field shows that early exposure to physical movement has a significant effect on Cognitive Development, Social/Emotional Development, Physical Development and Early Aptitude towards Sports:
“Physical exercise may boost brain function, improve mood and increase learning.” – Blakemore and Frith, (2005 pg 134).
“Both sides of the brain must be developed during the critical learning periods in early childhood, because of the cross referencing that occurs. When children are engaged in creative movement, they are involved in activities that will increase their memory and ability to communicate.” – Siegler & Alibabli, (2005).
In the MindSport Programme, Champs are introduced to specific motor activities that are of the greatest benefit to their physical and cognitive development.
In keeping with the MindChamps integrative learning philosophy, however, these activities are not delivered as ‘stand-alone’. They are carefully integrated with elements (such as music, rhymes and rhythms, problem-solving and numeracy concepts) that enhance interhemispheric communication and myelination across the corpus callosum – the bridge between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.