Younger kids do not know how to do a proper sit-up or push-up. They are not developed enough to be able to do them fully and they can easily injure themselves by doing them wrong. Also, if you have ever watched younger children attempt to do a push up, their butts are in the air, when they go lower themselves down they just lay down on the floor. I remember when I was little doing push-ups I would push-up my torso while keeping my hips and legs on the ground. By having them do push-ups like that you are just teaching them bad habits that will be hard to break when they get older, which will lead them to just hate push-ups.
Why is rhythmic activity important for young children?
Define laterality and explain why tracing giant letters helps reinforce cognitive learning.
Why are educators concerned about young children not being able to keep an internal beat?
They are concerned because keeping an internal beat is a mental thing. It being internal, obviously means that people cannot hear it, and more often then not it is most likely a song that they are familiar with or that they heard and they liked the beat. If this is missing then there might be something wrong with the brain itself, or it might be a memory problem since if they cannot remember simple beats from a song, then it could lead to long term problems in the classroom such as remembering things that they learn, or problems with making connections between subjects.
Define homo-lateral and cross lateral movements.
Homo-lateral movements are when a person is not crossing their body in order to do something. Such as jumping jacks, push-ups, star jumps, or simply just lifting an arm or leg into the air. Cross lateral movements are movements that involve cross body movements, such as laying on the ground and lifting your right leg, and left arm.