Brain Exercises

In previous blogs I have talked about “whole brain learning” and how important it is for the left and right side of the brain to be involved in any type of learning. Today I want to talk about how I have been putting “whole brain learning” into action in my daughter’s prep classroom and how you can put it into action for your children in your own household.

I recently had an opportunity to do brain exercises in my daughter’s prep classroom each morning. I found this to be very interesting. Interesting because of the way the 24 children all responded differently to the brain exercises. Some children found the exercises very difficult and others found them very easy! Each week I created a new set of brain exercises for the children to do to music, that way the children had 5 days straight to get used to the new exercise and each day they got better at them.

One of the exercises I used was one that requires the children to cross their midline (imagine a line that runs down the centre of your body from following the line of your nose). The children had perfected the standard exercise of this one quite quickly so I decided to mix it up a bit and add in another version of this exercise. The new exercise required the children to cross their midline behind their bodies, so they were kicking their legs out behind them and touching each foot with their opposite hand. Wow what a challenge this proved to be with the children. I was surprised that the children found this difficult when they found the first exercise quite easy. 

I also found interesting that the children really benefited from a calming and centering exercise, which I would put at the end of a set of exercises each day. On one particular Monday morning the children were scattered during pray time with the teacher needing to ask the children to settle down a few times. After we completed the brain exercises, including the calming and centering exercise the whole classroom seemed to quieten down. This reiterated to me how important it is for children to learn in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, which will enable children to learn more effectively and easily.

This all just adds to the notion and importance of getting a child’s brain ready for learning. Now what can you do for your children at home to help with their learning? It can be done with simple brain exercises (as I have explained in my “Whole Brain Learning” blog), drinking water, diet / nutrition and your child’s emotional state. So even if it is by just encouraging your child to drink more water or eat extra protein then we can all make a start in helping our children to become more effective learners. 

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

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