The Brain is the most important organ in the body, isn't it?
I've been fascinated by the brain.
I read all I can about how the brain learns, and how to take care of your brain.
Of course I share information about the brain with my students!
Here are some ways I teach the kids to keep their brains fit:
1. Exercise! Get the oxygen to the brain! We often do exercises and brain breaks in the classroom. (I'm sure you've heard of Go Noodle! If not, go straight to this link for FREE brain breaks that the kiddos LOVE!)
3. Ease stress! These kids certainly understand what stress it! We sometimes do some Yoga moves and breathing exercises, and sometimes they just have quiet time where they think about nothing! Research proves we need to give them time to clear the brain in order for the brain to take in new information.
4. Listen to Music! I've got a wide variety of music to play in the classroom, from "party" music, to mellow music for concentration. It doesn't have to be classical music!
5. Laugh! I recently posted Laughter is Truly the Best Medicine, and listed some of the benefits of humor in the classroom. I have a whole box of joke books that I often bring out on April Fool's day, although they are good any time of year.
6. Drink water! Water is essential for brain function!
7. Keep challenging your brain! I'll have a variety of puzzles and riddles for the children to choose from. I'm a big fan of Sudoku, so I often have a few of those for the kids. I also found a couple of cool websites: ABCya Tangram Puzzles has tangrams that can be done at the computer. Puzzle Choice has tons of puzzles for kids and adults- go to Kid's Choice for lots of possibilities for printing as well as puzzles for the computer.