Classrooms today are not the same as they were 10-15 years ago.
More sedentary lifestyles and improper early physical development are some of the reasons why so many of today’s students are not reaching their academic potential. Growing numbers of children are showing signs of developmental, behavioural, and learning difficulties in modern classrooms.
The good news– Specific movements and exercises that stimulate various regions in the brain can assist students in overcoming these obstacles and provide life-long positive changes.
The human brain has an incredible ability to create new connections between its brain cells on a regular basis. Neuroplasticity is the ability of our brains to adapt and grow as we learn and experience new things. Since children experience new things on a daily basis, their brain connections grow and evolve rapidly throughout their first years of life. In other words, during early childhood, a child’s brain is at its most malleable, making this period of growth crucial for learning.
So, what can you do about it?
We can create solid foundations in the brain by practicing brain-based movements, mindfulness, and other physical literacy tools, which can have a positive effect on readiness to learn and academic achievement. Training the brain can significantly improve cognitive and physical abilities and social and emotional skills, much like training the body to get better at physical activity.
How Brain 1st Can Help:
The Brain 1st Program incorporates over 280 exercises and activities, each with a specific purpose and neural activation. Some of the activities that Brain 1st will lead your classroom through are;
- Cross crawl activities,
- Visual tracking,
- Movements to gently stimulate the vestibular system and engage postural reflexes,
- Actions to a beat to improve rhythm and timing,
- Gross and fine motor exercises,
- Compression of their joints to give proprioceptive and calming feedback to the brain,
- Balancing activities that progress to combine many of the above-listed actions,
- Deep breathing and mindfulness.
A significant number of emotional and learning challenges start in the brain, playing a large role in symptoms similar to what we see in the classroom today. Specific brain-based movements help in the development of critical neural networks and ongoing neuroplasticity growth.
The best part of the Brain 1st Program?
It takes care of all of the legwork and research; all you have to do is press play on one of our courses each day to reap the benefits of brain-based movement.