Brain Breaks

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    What are“Brain Breaks?


    Brain Breaks are a quick and effective ways of changing or focusing the physical and mental state of a learner. These “breaks” can be a useful tool to help students activate, energize and stimulate their brains.


    Brain Breaks

    • use movement to stimulate neurological pathways and help both sides of the brain work together

    • improve coordination

    • improve concentration

    • enable students to become calm, alert and ready for learning


    Why are Brain Breaks Important?


    Our brain is a novelty seeker.  The 21st century learner is too. They have a desire to be creative and demonstrate critical thinking. Energizing brain breaks help engage both sides of the brain. Movement is connected to cognitive learning. Students need to be up and moving.  When we sit for more than 20 minutes, blood pools in our body - we need to get up and recirculate the blood back to the brain. Kids think better on their feet than on their seat!  Interspersing these movements can refocus attention so that students are ready to learn new material. Using these techniques in a purposeful manner will increase the opportunities for students to succeed.

    Brain Breaks at Home

    Brain Breaks are useful while your child is doing homework. Your child can come up with his or her own brain break, you can use some from our list of Brain Break Suggestions, or Google “Brain Breaks.” Songs, videos and activities can be found on YouTube and Pinterest. Parents are encouraged to preview for suitability. Remember: brain research confirms that physical activity—moving, stretching, walking—can actually enhance the learning process (Eric Jensen, Moving with the Brain in Mind). 

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Resources for Parents

    Brain Break Ideas for the Classroom
    Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
    by John Ratey, MD

    Brain Breaks for the Classroom

    by Michelle Gay

    Breaking Brain Barriers

    by Linda Karges-Bone


    Energizing Brain Breaks 

    by David Sladkey


    Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activites that Refresh & Refocus 

    by Susan Lattanzi Roser


    Brain Boogie Boosters (CD)

    by the Learning Station


    Cranium Brain Breaks Game

    by Cranium