Monday, October 17, 2016


You learn on your feet, not on your seat! When children move, dance, and wiggle, more senses are activated and the message is more likely to get to the brain. Music and movement also emit endorphins which make you happy. I’ve got breakfast cookies to start your day, smart cookies to reinforce skills, and transition cookies for all those “in between” times. I’ll be ALIVE AT FIVE today so you can watch me demonstrate some of the movements.
Note! Feel free to “harvest” these ideas to work for your class and the age level of your students.

Have your students start each day with about 10 minutes of singing, dancing, and handshakes.

Time to Get Up
Wake up with Dr. Jean as you do this video:

Morning Stretch
This is the perfect activity if children are wound up when they arrive at school:

Feeling Fine
Yes, you and your students will feel fine and smile with this video:

Class Rock
Activating the extremities (hands and feet) sends blood to the brain and wakes up the body.  Stand in a circle and begin doing this beat as you stomp your foot two times and then clap two times.  
Insert each child’s name in the chant as you go around the circle.
     (stomp, stomp, clap - stomp, stomp, clap)     
     We think first child’s name is super. Super!
     We think second child’s name is super. Super!
     We think….
Adaptations: Insert other positive adjectives, such as "awesome," "incredible," "talented," "kind," "polite," etc.

Turn on Your Brain
Help children focus and get ready to learn by turning on their brains each morning:
     Turn on the right side of your brain. (Pretend to turn on right side.)
     Turn on the left side. (Pretend to turn on left side.)
     Turn on your right eye. (Pretend to turn on right eye.)
     Turn on your left eye. (Pretend to turn on left eye.)
     Turn on your right ear. (Pretend to turn on right ear.)
     Turn on your left ear. (Pretend to turn on left ear.)
     You don’t need to turn on your mouth because it’s always “on.”
     Now you’re ready to learn!

Nothing can replace the sense of touch with a handshake, eye contact, and a smile for each student every morning.