Mold Your Child From the Ground Up by Doing This First
Today we’re talking about molding your child from the ground up by doing this first.
That is stimulating their vestibular system.
Their balance, which is vestibular.
Their touch, which is tactile.
Their movement, which is proprioceptive.
Those systems are the first that your children use to acquire sensory input and sensory information.
Their brains have to organize it, and they have to turn it into appropriate motor behavior and responses.
The vestibular system is the part of the brain that is responsible for balance and coordination.
That means it's the vestibular entryway into learning.
It directly feeds the reticular activating system.
Whoa my goodness, what is that?
That's the part of the brain that is responsible for maintaining your alertness.
By moving in different directions, getting the head moving through space, moving your child up and down, round and around, they're out and about moving, getting out in nature, playing in the snow, climbing trees, pulling bark off the tree, feeling leaves in their hands, this all helps with the vestibular system.
It reinforces their balance and stability.
It helps them with their movement coordination, and if you have a non-walker, a little baby, just like we do in our Kindermusik classes every single week, you're going to move them up and down, and round and around, and forward and backward.
The importance of the vestibular system.
Once it is stimulated, it wakes up the brain and allows it to take in new information.
Why is this important?
Because if your child has an underdeveloped vestibular system, they might have difficulties focusing, and concentrating, and taking in information at school.
So it's very important that your child's vestibular system is developed before they go to school, and the way to do that is move all different directions.
In Kindermusik class, we are moving your children all over the room, forward backward, up down, smooth bumpy, high and low. This helps them stimulate their vestibular system.
Then what happens when you get home?
We give you the tools to get them moving at home, turning on that music and watching them dance to the dance steps that you learned in class.
In our Leap ‘N Learn dance classes, we're not only helping your child move their bodies in certain ways, but we're doing it in a very engaging way, so that they will continue to do that at home every single day, learning the specific moves that we're doing that are age appropriate for them, so they can continue to move their bodies and stimulate the vestibular system.
The vestibular system is responsible for your child's equilibrium, it keeps them grounded.
It also controls the function of the head, and the trunk of the body, in all of the space around them.
So every time we talk about spatial orientation in our classes, we're talking about stimulating that vestibular system.
When your child has a very well-developed vestibular system, all of the sensory information from the senses, the sight, the sound, the sense of touch, tactile, even sense of smell, they're categorized in your brain correctly.
Now, your child doesn't have to work hard to receive that sensory input from the senses, and now, they're opened up to learning.
Their eyes are now telling them where they are in the room.
Their hearing is now filtering out background noise when necessary, and the vestibular system is now detecting that their body is balanced.
They are now able to devote a lot more energy into higher learning, what they need to learn in school and what they need to learn around them, because all of their other normal functions become automatic.
Their brain is now organizing all of this input from the vestibular system and their senses, and now they don't have to work at that. It's just becoming automatic, and now they don't have to think about them, and they can open up for learning in school.
If your child is not adequately exploring their world and their universe, through free play and very energetic and engaging free movement, they're not getting the right types of movement to build the neural connections that they need in their brain.
They're not experiencing new ways how their body moves, within the space around them, and they're feeling gravity, and they're working too hard to receive that sensory input, so they can't focus on the higher learning that's needed in school.
So what can you do?
Well, in our world today, our children are sitting in strollers too long.
They're sitting in car seats too long.
They're not going outside when it's raining or snowing.
They're sitting on the couch too long.
They're on screens, or computers, or playing games.
What you need to do for your child, and what's really going to help them, is to bundle your kids up. Get them outside.
The best thing you can do when they're not in classes, that help teach you and teach them how to stimulate their vestibular system, let them be in nature.
Go to the metro parks.
Go in the backyard.
Oh my goodness, they love the rain. They love jumping in puddles. When it's snowing outside, they love exploring the snow. The best thing you can do is let your child go outside and move, move, move, move, move.
That will help stimulate their vestibular system.
When you're in our Kindermusik classes, and when you're in our Leap ‘N Learn dance classes, we are going to give you the tools to continue helping them stimulate that vestibular system, because kids who have an underdeveloped vestibular system, they're fidgety.
They're rocking their chairs back and forth in school, they're fidgeting in class, and they're not open to all the learning that needs to happen.
Many children that are diagnosed with ADHD also have underdeveloped vestibular systems, so get your child moving, moving, moving, and get those vestibular systems developed.
Let me know in the comments below what your child loves to do.
Do they love to move? Do they love to be outside? Do they love to turn on the music and dance? Do they love to tell you whether something is smooth or bumpy, moving up or down, high, low, left, right, round and around?
Let me know, because that is going to help their vestibular system. It is the entryway into learning, and we are passionate about helping your child develop what they need to do in order to learn.