Eric Jensen has spent over 20 years synthesizing brain research and practical applications for learning. In his book “Teaching With the Brain in Mind,” Eric Jensen shares many simple movement activities that can be used in the classroom and at home.
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If you’d like to do your own spontaneous active ideas and embed some academic learning try just giving your child a challenge such as doing jumping jacks while counting by 2s, 5s or 10s.
Here are some ideas to create challenging combinations depending on your child’s skill level.
Active Movement ideas:
Jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, knee taps, burpees, toe touches, marching, jumping, stretching, hands on hips twisting, and many more.
say the alphabet while doing it - challenge them that each single movement is a single letter (which causes them to pause and recall a letter rather than rote singing)
count one to one number to a movement
Spelling new words
Syllable count (movement for each syllable), add challenge to do this with sentences
Parts of a concept to learn Science or other subject matter (eg. parts of a plant, bones, rocks & minerals, State regions, etc.)
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