Morning Exercise Program
Scientific studies tout the benefits of cardio-aerobic exercise as it relates to the initiation and completion of tasks, improved attention, and increased creativity in the classroom. On the strength of those studies, the Lower School schedules a once-a-week cardio-aerobic class first thing in the morning for each grade. These exercise classes, designed to get students’ heart rates going, have them playing games, measuring their steps with pedometers, and tracking their pulse rates.
The foundation of the Lower School program is a work titled Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John J. Ratey of Harvard University Medical School. Spark touts the benefits of cardio-aerobic exercise on executive functioning, planning, organization, and memory―with a strong correlation to improved test scores.
An added benefit of the morning exercise program--the children love it.