As a teacher I always pondered on why children, including myself, had to fidget or draw or move while listening to a lecture. It wasn't until I did my Waldorf Teacher training that I understood why! We have systems in our body that feed information to our brain, letting our brain know where our body… Continue reading How Movement Can Make You Smarter!
I love "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep!" This movement circle puts a lot of pressure on the wrists, when the feet are being kicked up. This pressure on the joints helps with the proprioceptive system. Stimulating the proprioceptive nerves feeds information to the brain. It tells the brain where the body is in space. This permits… Continue reading Relax with “Three Bags Full”
I just love "Hickory, Dickory, Dock!" You can start this movement (video below) when your baby is very young! I started this with Christina when she was two months old! Crossing the midline is fantastic for building pathways between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It just boils down to helping your child… Continue reading Neuro-mouse saves the day!
"Humpty Dumpty" is packed with great stimulation for the vestibular system! The vestibular system feeds information to the brain about where the body is in space. This is really important when dealing with gravity! I will admit, I have walked into a few walls so this is great for me! The vestibular system also helps… Continue reading Saved by Humpty’s Cracked Noggin!
"Peas Porridge" is wonderful for crossing the midline! The video below shows how fun and easy it can be! Who knew 9 day old soup was brain food?! "Jack Be Nimble" is great for learning to balance on one foot. Don't be afraid to fall though! Did you know that each time you fall, you… Continue reading Stir That Pot!
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the kings horses and all the kings men They couldn't put Humpty together again It is very sad that no one could help Mr. Dumpty, not even the King's horses or his men! What was it that got shattered in Humpty? Could… Continue reading Poor Humpty Dumpty… or Was It Good For Him?
The children are happily humming along, going about their day, doing their good work and taking cooking breaks! Exploring different aromas and tasting just a crumb of something new helps our little ones be brave in their own little ways. October is the month of courage! Halloween offers us an opportunity to be strong and… Continue reading A Peek Into Fun October Happenings In My Classroom!
Harvesting a pumpkin, cleaning out the seeds, and baking it into a pumpkin bread has so many rich body movement moments. From using hand strength to pull the seeds out to crossing the midline while stirring the thick batter, the children are building strength. By having a little bake sale, we now have a delightfully… Continue reading Baking in the Classroom
Curl up, curl up, we are all little baby seeds! The rain is pouring! (I slap my lap, making raindrop sounds) The seeds plump up after soaking up the rain! (The children plump up their cheeks) Slowly they grow a tap root!(The children extend their legs) Slowly they begin to sprout another that goes towards… Continue reading Parts of the Plant
Hanging in the great big kapok tree are sloths who are peacefully sleeping. They sleep all day, and all night too. They only wake up to eat a bite or two. Then off they go to sleep again,resting on the branches of the kapok tree. Do you know why they sit and sleep all day? Because when they are… Continue reading A Fun Indoor Game as we learn about the Sloth!!!