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Crisscross Applesauce: It's Time to Move On!

Posted by: Rhonda December 3, 2019

Crisscross-Applesauce. . .” This idiomatic mantra has been dictated in early education settings for decades. “Legs crossed, hands in lap, eyes on me. . .” The idea, of course, is that kids will pay greater attention to the teacher if they are required to sit still. But now, with abundant research showing the benefits of movement for learning, isn’t it time to call this practice obsolete?

Even for a limber adult, sitting on the floor, cross-legged, back straight, with hands in your lap, is a challenging position to maintain for more than a few minutes. So what are the alternatives? Read Rae Pica’s popular and controversial blog post here.