This fun, whimsical song encourages free-dance exploration and listening skills (as children respond to directions in the song). Movement empowers learners, decreases stress, and stimulates communication throughout the brain. Aerobic activity not only increases blood flow to the brain, but also increases recall and reasoning skills.
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).
I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer. I have actually taken some time off and have had a little rest. It has been wonderful! I hope you have taken some time also to enjoy this amazing weather we’ve been having.
Last week I went to a fantastic workshop in Stratford Ontario, presented by Eric and Kristen Wideen, and called, “Innovate with the iPad.” It was a 3-day course full of amazing things that can be done with the iPad. Kristen’s book is full of wonderful, easy-to-follow ideas for the…
From my personal experience working with school age children, I have noticed there is a definite correlation between children who never crawled, crawled for a very short time, or crawled with a compensation (such as dragging one leg, pushing from only one side, army crawled, slithering on their stomach, bottom shuffling instead of crawling (just to name a few), and children who have academic and movement challenges.
Crawling links up the connections between the right and left hemisphere. This is absolutely…Read more