5 FREE Printables that Incorporate Movement and Learning

Research indicates that children benefit from when teachers incorporate movement and learning. Here at Your Therapy Source, we focus on creating ready to go activities to encourage physical activity, balance, coordination, fine motor skills, locomotor skills AND cognitive skills. Research has shown that 5-20 minute movement breaks in the classroom can positively affect the following: […]

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Strategies to Support Gross Motor Skills in the Classroom

Embedding motor skill activities into the preschool classroom is so important to help children develop postural control, locomotor skills, and coordination skills.  Here are 5 strategies to support gross motor skills in the classroom.

5 Strategies to Support Gross Motor Skills in the Classroom Embedding motor skill activities into the preschool classroom is so important to help children develop postural control, locomotor skills, and coordination skills.  When children are able to maintain an upright posture, participate in physical activities and demonstrate eye-hand coordination skills, it is beneficial for functional learning in school.  […]

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Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course – Movement and Learning

Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course Movement and Learning

Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course – Movement and Learning Did you know research has shown that 5-20 minute movement breaks can positively many aspects of learning?  This sidewalk chalk obstacle course includes aerobic activity, balance skills, proprioceptive input, outdoor time and academic concepts!  It is super easy to set up. How to Create the Sidewalk Chalk […]

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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 […]

Integrating Physical Activity to Facilitate Learning – Evidence Based Research

Integrating Physical Activity to Facilitate Learning - Evidence-Based Research

Integrating Physical Activity to Facilitate Learning – Evidence-Based Research Research indicates that integrating physical activity to facilitate learning is beneficial in the classroom environment.  Two recent studies were performed with preschool students to compare lessons with physical activity and without physical activity. One study included 90 preschool-aged children who were randomly assigned to an integrated physical activity condition […]

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Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement

Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement – Pediatric Exercise Science published research examining the changes in 52 adolescents (6th – 8th grade) in aerobic fitness and academic achievement in reading and mathematics during middle school.  Each student completed PACER tests measuring aerobic fitness and ISAT academic achievement tests in reading and mathematics. The […]

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10 Classroom Jobs that Require Physical Activity

All children benefit from movement throughout the school day.  Whether it be brain breaks, multisensory lessons or recess, physical activity helps students get the brain ready for optimal learning.  Another option to squeeze in physical activity time during the school day is to assign classroom jobs or chores that require physical activity and proprioceptive input […]

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Beanbag Alphabet Fun – Gross Motor and Body Awareness Activity

Beanbag Alphabet Fun:  Beanbags are a wonderful tool to encourage physical activity, body awareness, motor planning and coordination skills in children.  They are inexpensive or you can even make them yourself with socks and some rice.  So grab a beanbag for each child and try moving through the alphabet with your beanbag.  You can download […]

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3 Evidence Based Reasons to Incorporate Movement into Classroom Instruction

Here are 3 evidence based reasons why teachers should incorporate movement into classroom instruction: increases student interest, motivation (Vazou et al., 2012), and learning (Braniff, 2011). improves content knowledge, skills, and test scores in core subjects such as mathematics and reading fluency (Adams-Blair & Oliver, 2011; Erwin, Fedewa, & Ahn, 2013; Browning et al., 2014). […]

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Math, Movement and Motor Skills

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published research on math, movement and motor skills.  The participants included 165 children, average age 7.5 years old, who were randomized into three groups for 6 weeks of mathematical instruction: a non motor group, a fine motor math group and a gross motor math group.  The gross motor group performed inter-limb […]