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The Sensory Pathway

30 Sep 2019

“DON’T WALK IN THE HALLWAYS!” This is our healthy motto for this year in the elementary department at HHHS.
Being active does not only serve as a way of combating lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, but also serves as an outlet for negative emotions, anxiety, and sensory overload.
For most schools, this means PE once or twice a week or an afterschool extracurricular activity of tennis, basketball or football…..many children don’t really participate in the latter, which begs the question: Is one hour of physical education per week enough exercise for our growing boys and girls?
We know it isn’t, so we made sure learners get in as much physical activity as possible with their “Sensory Path”- a colorful activity map that runs through the first floor in the elementary department.
These pathways are set up in a specifically designed way for skipping and jumping, pushing lots of heavy work that we call proprioception - the perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body that is neurologically based.
Research and evidence indeed support the need for movement and how it helps children to pent up their energy and provides a space for those who have extra wiggles face a hard time sitting through increased time in the classroom.
We are focused to make sure our kids are learning literacy and numeracy but also be mindful of their body and wellness. Running through the Sensory Path everyday increases our kid’s physical competency, which increases their confidence and their academics as a result.
The society has to change its perception of the value of movement, and this should happen in all sectors, not only in schools, in which it should become equally important to reading and writing.
At Houssam Eddine Hariri High School, the change has begun.

Hala Shaddad