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childlife.ca e-news #55: Smart Moves!

Mary Stuart, Director www.childlife.ca

When people are smiling they are most receptive to almost anything you want to teach them. — Allen Funt

We all want our classrooms to be a learning hub of fun, stimulating activities and children who are engaged.

Brain-based learning and neuro-science proves what teachers have always known: children require lots of movement and enjoy activities that involve the senses.

The How Does Learning Happen? document highlights the research by stating: “Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind and senses.” P23.

Body Moving: Behaviour Improving

The brain research encourages us to use planned movements that “use both sides of the brain” to help children improve their listening, focus, attention and self regulation skills!

Smart Moves you are Already Using

  • Sleeping Bunnies
  • Freeze
  • Simon Says
  • Deep Breathing
  • Playing Calm Music
  • Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders
  • Red Light, Green Light

These uncomplicated, fun movements actually help children to regain focus and calm the brain’s stress responses.

When you plan intentional movement activities throughout the day — before transitions, before and after circle, before and after dressing routines, you will help children “reset” and be ready to focus and learn!

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? — Vincent van Gogh

HERE’S TO MORE SMART MOVES! BODIES MOVING AND BEHAVIOUR IMPROVING!

To learn more about our on-site workshops: A Mindful Mindset Transforms Behaviour; and The Foundations for Learning: Taking HDLH? to the Next Level series: justask@childlife.ca

Winter and Spring Dates Still Available: justask@childlife.ca

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mary