Ashley's Garden Activities

As the children in our culture spend more time sitting (watching TV, using the computer, playing computer games, etc.), it is imperative to balance these activities with a steady supply of integrative movement activities that stimulate the brain in different ways and promote proper brain development for later “higher learning”. And now the best part – your kids will want to participate because our activities are just naturally FUN! They won’t even know that something deeper is actually taking place; they’ll just know that they are having fun!

It turns out the movement and the stimulation of the vestibular system in early childhood actually help prepare and develop the brain for what we term “higher learning” (focus, concentration, problem solving, speech, language, reading, writing, and social-emotional maturity). Movement (rolling, climbing, spinning, jumping, etc.) helps organize and facilitate the flow of information within the brain and lays the foundation for the development of “higher learning”. John J. Ratey, MD, had this to say about movement and brain development, “Mounting evidence show that movement is crucial to every other brain function, including memory, emotion, language, and learning…Our “higher” brain functions have evolved from movement and still depend on it.”

We’ve come full circle in this riddle of learning, movement and education. In the past, learning and higher thought were considered to be entirely separate from movement. Play and movement were relegated to second place when it came to the process of learning. We now know that communication within the brain improves when it is organized with movement. There is also extensive evidence showing the positive effects of movement and exercise on behavior and our mental states. So at a time when our society is spending less time and money on movement (exercise & active sports) and more on computers and technology, we find that the process of learning is actually connected to movement and exercise. Our challenge now is to merge and balance the needs of our technological society with our biology, which has developed using movement to properly integrate our brain’s communication.

Developmental Benefits

  • Focus/Attention

  • Goal Setting

  • Core Strength

  • Balance

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Visual Perception

  • Fine Motor Skills

  • Proprioceptive & Vestibular Stimulation

  • Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Socialization Skills 

Additional Highlights

  • Age-appropriate Equipment

  • Special Gym & Equipment for Added Safety

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Caring, Kid-loving Staff

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2341 Entrada Del Sol

Las Cruces, NM 88001