“The more closely we consider the elaborate interplay of brain and body, the more clearly one compelling theme emerges : movement is essential to learning. Movement awakens and activates many of our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks. And movement is vital to all the actions by which we embody and express our learning, our understanding and ourselves.”
— Smart Moves: Why Learning Isn't All in Your Head, Carla Hannaford

 

Young children must move. This is confirmed the more familiar we become with the epidemic of sensory integration dysfunction rampant among our children today. We are very hardy at Ziji. We’re outside everyday, in all kinds of weather for at least 45 minutes every morning and often at other times of the day as well.

 Ziji’s play spaces are designed with the child’s tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive senses in mind. Children can swing, spin,rock and bounce in multiple directions. They can haul around heavy things and each other in a number of conveyances. Children can cross the monkey bars hand over hand and build big with the wooden A frames and balance boards. Along with soccer and games of their own devising, children jump rope, hula hoop, hopscotch, play clapping games, string games, dance, etc, etc.