I am often asked by skeptical parents why Romp n’ Roll with its abundance of physical activity is superior to other early education programs that focus exclusively on mental activity. A major reason is very simple but not necessarily obvious.
The mind is a function of the brain, and the brain is a biological organ. While mental challenge and stimulation is necessary to strengthen the mind, that strength cannot be maintained if the brain is not healthy. And since the brain is part of the body, regular exercise is required for optimal results.
If you attend professional training seminars, you will note that the most effective ones always begin by having the attendees stand up, stretch, and move around for a while. Good educators know that if you want to get the mind going, it is wise to get the body going.
A child enrolled in an educational program where he sits at a desk or in front of a screen the entire time may be receiving some benefits for a while. But a child who is learning through active play is likely to be absorbing a lot more and probably will retain it for a much greater length of time.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.