Tuesdays with Twomey - "Passive Stimulation from the Knees" & Do the Dragon Song

"Passive Stimulation from the Knees" is a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement exercise. The goal is for person laying down to bend their knees and gently push rhythmically towards the head. In our video, the grade one and two students are placing their hands just above the knees on the thighs and pulling rhythmically. It is important this movement be done gently to not hurt the neck. The movement should see a gentle nodding of the neck tucking in. It helps to integrate spinal reflexes such as Spinal Galant and Spinal Pereze. The goal is for the individual laying down to actively push from their feet and reach with their head in a rhythmical manner. Individuals with Downs Syndrome and those with neck injuries, who do not have strong neck muscles, should NOT do this exercise. This movement stimulates the Brain Stem and Cerebellum and arouses the cortex to help with impulse control and executive functioning. Individuals with ADHD and focus challenges would benefit with this gentle stimulation.


Tuesdays with Twomey - Hand Grasp Reflex

Liz shows her students a way to strengthen their hands and fingers. If the Hand Grasp Reflex is not fully integrated, individuals may have challenges holding a pencil, grasping objects, tension in their hands and arms when writing. They may also have challenges grasping a ball using their fingers. Watch how students in this grade One and Two class demonstrate fun ways to help integrate this reflex.


Tuesdays with Twomey - Brain Gym for Math

The following Brain Gym movements help activate the brain so the learner can access internalized math concepts about space, quantities and relationships. The Calf Pump and the Gravity Glider activate the brain for back-front brain integration and increased visual attention. The Elephant activates long and short term memory and crosses the auditory midline (including skills of attention, recognition, perception, and memory).


Tuesdays with Twomey - Flying Airplane with Partners

Liz's class demonstrates a great game for self-regulation. Children lie on their stomach and extend their arms and legs and pretend to fly with a partner. They also show how to use a pipe cleaner and feather, and a windmill toy as a fun game to play with students. The purpose of these activities is to help integrate the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) and the Landau Reflex. Both of these reflexes are linked to the vestibular system to help develop a sense of balance. These games also help to increase muscle tone in the back and neck.

Tuesdays with Twomey - Calf Pump and Alphabet Rock

Students demonstrate how to focus by doing the Calf Pump. It is a stretch to lengthen the calf muscle. When you stretch a muscle, it helps you focus. We also show you the movements to the song Alphabet Rock from the "Catch a Brain Wave" CD.


Tuesdays with Twomey - Calendar

We wanted to show the mathematical value of still doing calendar each day. There are some who believe calendar is a waste of time. For Liz and her class, it is building basic math skills that help give the student some prior knowledge so when she teaches the concept later, they already having been building their understanding of the concept.


Tuesdays with Twomey - Letter Formation "Alphabet Eights"

Today we are going to show you the Brain Gym activity "Alphabet 8's." I start with Lazy 8's. The movement goes up to the left and around, then cross through the midline and goes up to the right and around. When I teach letter formation, I start with all the letters that are formed by going up to the left and around (a,c, d, e, f, g, o, q, s). Then we do the letters that go down the midline and over to the right (b,f,h,I,j,k,l,m,n,p,r,t,u). Then (v,w,x,y,z). 

Letter formation is critical! When I taught grade 6, the students with reading challenges all formed their letters from the bottom up. I don't scientifically know the reason why this occurred, I just know letter formation in the early years is important. Enjoy this session.

Tuesdays with Twomey - "R & R Star"

Grade one and two students show you Rhythmic Movements that you can easily follow at home or in your classroom. The movements help with self-regulation and calming the body. The song is from RONNO and Liz Jones-Twomey's Cd, "Wiggle Jiggle Fitness Fun." Enjoy! To read blogs about Harold Blomberg's Rhythmic movements, go to


Tuesdays with Twomey - Green Screen Rhythmic Movements

Mrs. Jones-Twomey's class used the iPad app "Green Screen" to create this amazing presentation. The students thought it would be fun to travel around the world with Mrs. J.T. and teach others how to do Rhythmic Movements. The backdrops are…


Featuring "brain-based" physical fitness resources used by the NYC Departments of Education and Health as a part of their cutting-edge Move-to-Improve program.



10 Best Active Products
(Institute for Childhood Resources/Dr. Toy)
100 Best Children's Products
(Stevanne Auerback, PhD./Dr.Toy)
Directors' Choice Award
(Early Childhood News) 


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