The Clarksburg Children's House

Initiative

The Clarksburg Children’s House has a strong commitment to overall family health and wellness.  For this reason, we have chosen to partner with Spartan Edge, Spartan Race’s Education Initiative to provide physical and cognitive conditioning  that extends far beyond the school walls.  TCCH's gross motor program and associated activities correlate with Spartan Principles, such as True North,  and exercises in Stamina, Power, Athleticism, Readiness, Tenacity, Attitude and Nutrition.  These are introduced primarily within the context of the Big Body Room, under the supervision of a certified SGX coach.  

The "Big Body Room" is an extension of our Sensorial area which focuses specifically on the gross motor development of the child. It was created in response to a growing awareness of how heavy, purposeful physical activity is linked to brain development and cognitive function.  Children ages three to six years old are still working to acquire integrated, coordinated movement patterns and proprioception (body awareness).  Activities and equipment which encourage activation of the vestibular system such as balancing, crawling, swinging, climbing, spinning, hopping, rolling, and jumping, as well as other weight-bearing exercises, are available to all children throughout the work period.  

Beyond the classroom, parents are welcome and encouraged to join a network of group exercise professionals and fitness facilities who are committed to helping them to set a healthy example for their children. Our school often sends teams comprised of our parent population to complete Spartan obstacle course races, which promote those traits of grit, tenacity and problem-solving and persistence that are so in-line with the tenets of Montessori.

POWER

I am powerful and strong because I did an obstacle course race at my church. I was a little scary and dangerous, but I had fun!
— Sierra, age 6

TENACITY

Counting to 100 is hard because I won’t be able to do it until I am grown up, but I will keep practicing.”
— Henrik, age 4

STAMINA

Stamina means you have to be patient, and I have to be patient when I have to set up the room for lunch.
— Emory, age 6

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