This post has a review of Smart Moves: Learning is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford PhD regarding chapters 6-11. This is also for our online book club. It is difficult to break this book into sections, and I really want to post the entire book as it is so enlightening. This book supports the Montessori method in so many ways. *Note: See also the review of chapters 1-5. Recently there has been a "Prince George" effect causing a surge of interest in Montessori education as Prince George is now attending The Maria Montessori Institute in London. I think there should be a surge of interest from reading Smart Moves, too!
Chapters 6 and 7 are about the importance of movement to the learning process. The author shares many studies and research information to prove the point that movement is not subservient to thought. She cited studies of including a few minutes of controlled movement activities such as Brain Gym, walking, and exercise classes increasing academic test scores. So often it is thought that movement is not helpful for serious learning, but it is according to the author. It is so important two entire chapters full of research and proof are included in the book.