Recent scientific evidence has come up with the terrifying statistic that the current generation of children will have a life expectancy of 5 years LESS that their parents– due to the lack of activity in their lives. Scientific research shows that short periods of physical activity–even as little as 10 minutes at a time–performed throughout the day provide health benefits similar to longer periods of physical activity.
As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child to be active by being active yourself, finding fun ways for the family to be active together and setting limits on screen time.
Free play is just as important as structured sports. Running around, playing in the garden or local park and having fun ALL count. Kids also love a challenge – setting them a task is a great way to get them active and keep them focused. For example, ask them: ‘How many times can you throw and catch a ball between you without dropping it?’ or ‘How many skips can you do in a minute?’.
We are designating the month of June as Active Homework month. Your child has a list of activities he/she can choose from instead of written homework. If he/she doesn’t want to do an activity, we can of course give him/her written homework.
We are asking parents to tick off a minimum of 2 activities each evening and sign in the space provided.