Sitting is Optional

Sitting is Optional

If you are seeking another indication of why Romp n’ Roll is the best early education program around, all you have to do is look at the Art Explorers class description and note that it says “sitting is optional.”

It is an unfortunate fact that as more parents are placing their young children in early education programs, more little ones are being diagnosed with behavioral disorders because they won’t sit still and pay attention for prolonged periods of time. However, as any expert in the field will tell you, in most of these cases, the problem is not the behavior of the children but rather the inappropriate, unrealistic, and unfair expectations being placed on their behavior at this point in their development.

Some will say the children do indeed have a problem because later, when they enter formal schooling, they will be required to sit still and pay attention for substantial periods of time. But that also represents a misunderstanding of the developmental process. Just because a two or three-year old can’t do something now, that is not a reason to believe she won’t be able to do it – and do it quite well and quite comfortably – when she is five or six.

Forcing an energetic toddler to remain immobile for more than a minute or two will only make the educational process something she will severely resent and for which she will have strong distaste. The beauty of Romp n’ Roll is that the classes are designed to suit the true capabilities of kids at their particular level of development. This makes the educational process easy, fun, and fulfilling, which in turn produces a child who is an eager, enthusiastic, and efficient learner.

Dr. Mike

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 drmike@romproll.com.

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