The Brains in Motion curriculum is both developmentally proper for age and mile stone, but also a trigger to stimulate both brain hemispheres and have children moving as they are learning. It is steeped in exercises for better eye movement and visual processing and working memory.
Motor development is required so that students use body, brain and visual systems together to better accomplish tasks. If a child has a hard time spelling then adding a motor component such as bouncing a ball or walking a balance beam helps to add more working layers to help information be “in” the brain.
Students are constantly using body and mind together in school. Writing takes knowledge of letters and how they make up words, then using muscles to push a pencil around on a piece of paper and put together the letters in a some sort organized readable fashion.
Enhancing eye movements is the root to reading. When students are expected to read words the expectation is that eye movements have been properly developed to glide across a page from left to right. Young children are still developing this skill thus we see them skipping around a page of text. This skill may have to be learned. 25% of school ages children have not mastered this skill. Brain Blast used in class for less than 5 min a day will not only train eye muscles to have better control but class room behavior will be longer and attention to lesson will be better. Reading will be improved.
Attention and concentration are also a learned skill. To a student who has very little control of their body and fidgets all the time is simply trying to feel where they belong. How does the chair relate to the desk, and how does my body relate to both chair and desk. A student may have to touch absolutely everything around themselves to understand how close or far it is from them. This curriculum teaches students “how” to attend. This progression is for all students both the students that have great attention skills and those that need extra help. It works with the core of the body to balance and sit and understand how the world around us works.
Critical thinking skills. The age of computers, screen time, video games in here to stay. Watching TV and video games is hardly an interactive experience. Making strategic movements like running through a field or climbing a tree have many complex decisions and body movements all which keep a child thinking all the while they are moving. We use games,puzzles and multi-step motor movements,and problem solving to enhance the critical thinking of a student. Teaching them to think on their own.
Our basic goal is to improve academics and help students read, organize, think,and move more. Brains in Motion views children in a multi-dimensional way “As a whole child”. What we have learned is that if a child has missed a small step in milestone development they will make changes in the way their bodies handle everything. We start in the youngest grades to make sure proper steps of development and learned and mastered.
The curriculum is developed to be used multiple times a week either in a class room, resource room, physical education or at home. The more we practice something the better we become. This of trying to learn a foreign language and only speaking it one time a week for only a few minutes, you may never become fluent with that amount of exposure time. Brain blast works the same way. Practice practice practice. Use of this in any given classroom can be as little as 5 minutes per day. The overall investment in whole child lessons will be a better controlled class and more importantly a more controlled students.