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How to Get Students Ready to Learn After Brain Breaks or Recess

How to Get Students Ready to Learn After Brain Breaks or Recess

How to Get Students Ready to Learn After Brain Breaks or Recess Do your students have trouble settling down after brain breaks or recess time?  Maybe you are hesitant to incorporate movement into the school day because you loathe the aftermath of getting the high energy students to return to academic work.  Research indicates that students […]

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Super Simple Brain Break Tip

Super Simple Brain Break Tip

Super Simple Brain Break Tip While many of us know that increased physical activity levels are associated with higher academic scores, it can be hard to implement more exercise time during the school day. Here is a simple tip –  suggest to the teachers to squeeze in a super quick movement break every hour on […]

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Fidget Spinner Workout – Exercise While It Spins!

Right now, fidget spinners are everywhere.  Whether they are banned from your school or not, here is a fun way to add in some overall exercise while your spinner spins! You can download your FREE fidget spinner workout below.  Years ago, I created a fun printable with a different DIY spinning top (you can view […]

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10 Sensory Quick Fixes to Increase Attention Span

As the end of the school year approaches, the weather gets warmer, the kids get more antsy and attention spans decrease.  Sometimes our bodies need a little extra sensory input to help us maintain an appropriate level of alertness for optimal learning.  Here are some simple, sensory, quick fixes that may help children to increase […]

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How To Establish a Brain Break Routine

Do you lead or help teachers institute brain breaks in the classroom?  Try following the same brain break routine every time to help children understand the expectations.  This allows children to give their brains a well deserved break from learning and help them to process new information.  An effective brain break routine may consist of: Deep […]

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Move Like Me Freebie

This Move Like Me freebie includes 2 sample pages for children to practice motor planning, crossing midline, body awareness, timing, rhythm, coordination and physical activity.  Follow the movement patterns on the children pictured focusing on timing and rhythm of completing the actions. DOWNLOAD the Move Like Me Freebie. Get more information about the complete Move […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Classroom

Classrooms can be stressful for certain students and for all students during certain times.  Over stimulating environments or unrealistic academic expectations are two examples of what can make stress levels start to rise.  Here are 5 suggestions to help create a peaceful classroom:  Reduce visual clutter –  Psychological Science published research indicating that children in […]

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Pumpkin Workout and Brain Break

Need a quick brain break in the classroom or burn off some excess energy before homework?  Try this no-prep, pumpkin workout!  Can you complete each exercise for the letters in the word P-U-M-P-K-I-N? P is for 10 push ups. U is for 10 up and down squats. M is for marching in place for 30 […]

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3 Movement Activities Using Paper Plates

As pediatric therapists, we are always on the look out for light weight, compact movement ideas.  Here are 3 simple ideas using paper plates.  These physical activities for kids are fun and when you are done simply stack the paper plates on top of each other and put in your bag! IDEA #1 – PAPER […]

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5 FREE Brain Break Printables

Here are 5 FREE brain break printables from Your Therapy Source that you can print right away to get your students moving during the school day:  Switcheroo Brain Break Cards – You can download this great 4 page freebie to give to teachers to help students get the wiggles out and wake up the brain […]