It’s always fun and encouraging to me when I read a book that agrees and explains things I’ve long thought and believed.
I’ve long thought movement helps your kids learn better, and I knew somewhere there’s research to back it up. Heather was kind enough to do the research for me, and now I have a great resource to turn to whenever I’m looking for some movement ideas.
The Research on Brain Breaks
I read through this book in Starbucks and kept catching myself saying, “Yes, that’s exactly what I thought.” “That explains it so well.” Heather does a great job explaining complicated research for everyone to understand. And it has visual aids, I like visual aids.
The Movements behind Brain Breaks
The first half of the book is the research, the second half of “The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks” is activities to do. She breaks them down into several categories:
- Blood Pumping Brain Breaks
- Mental Focus Brain Breaks
- Imagination Inspiring Brain Breaks
- Supplies Needed Brain Breaks
She has frequent pictures throughout to show you what it’s like (as a side note, her son had to LOVE when she was writing this book, because he got to provide the examples).
As I read through these I got ideas to use for spelling practice, a few new exercises to try, and most importantly ideas to help my kids concentrate and think better.
How I’m going to implement Brain Breaks
At the end of “The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks” are several pages of printables for each of the exercises she describes. Heather recommends printing them and laminating for durability. I think just this once I’m not going to because I might print them on textured cardstock…….
My kids are all high energy, so I plan to pull one of these out every now and then when their focus is shot and take a few minutes to use them.