Get Kids Moving, Learning, Behaving
Researcher Terrence Dwyer is one of many who have conducted multiple studies suggesting that exercise supports success in school. His research found that exercise improves classroom behavior and academic performance (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus, & Dean, 2001). An excellent article – Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain – is found here: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/move-body-grow-brain-donna-wilson.
A very quick exercise that can help focus your students is Superbrain Yoga. In research doing this simple exercise improved test scores of ADHD children by more than 20%. It takes about 3 minutes of class time – a small amount of time if it will help your students to pay attention! Find Info Here
In Musicplay, there are many movement activities. I added many new movement activities to Musicplay for Kindergarten in the 2013 revision. (Updated lessons are online at www.musicplayonline.com. If you have a pre-2013 version, send a photo of your guide and I can send you the new guide as a PDF. email email@example.com)
Movement Activity 1 – Move and Stop (Musicplay for Kindergarten)
The Jig Jig Jiggles is a great movement break and is great for reinforcing steady beat, and for teaching about fermata.
I got the hop hop hop hop hoppin. I got the hop hop hop hop hoppin.
WATCH a MOVIE of Jig Jig Jiggles
MUSICPLAYONLINE.COM – NEW MOVEMENT SONGS
There are some great movement songs for older students in Musicplay! Some of my favorites:
Musicplay 3 #37 We Come From Pluto. (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 2)
Movement Songs Children Love is an old favorite collection of movement songs. – some of the songs are in Musicplay – if you don’t have Musicplay, this is a collection you’ll love! One Green Jellybean is a great song for Easter.
Movement to Classical Music –
Moving to music is an essential part of your music classes. Use movement breaks to help the kids maintain focus and to wear them out enough that they’ll sit and listen for you.
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