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PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

BRING THE BRAIN BREAKS HOME

We continue to provide brain breaks throughout the day in the classroom to help the children re-charge their brains for better focus and learning.


Brain breaks at home are just as effective as they are in the classroom.


Check out some of these sites for videos and other suggestions for incorporating brain breaks into your home routine.


Brain Breaks: 7 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving (childhood101.com)


New Ideas for Brain Breaks for Kids (verywellfamily.com)


Another important part to brain breaks is to do crossing the midline movements. Check out this resource that breaks down what crossing the midline is and its importance.


Crossing the Body's Midline - Kid Sense Child Development


Here is another resource for some midline exercises you can do at home to help strengthen these skills.


10 Crossing Midline Exercises For Kids | Growing Hands-On Kids (growinghandsonkids.com)

SOCIAL SKILL STREAMING - INTERRUPTING

Interrupting, a skill that can be hard for a three and four-year-old. Children get so excited to tell you something, or they need your attention for whatever reason it may be. They do this with each other, not just us adults because what they have to say or show you is important to them, and it is typical preschool behavior to feel this way. Another prosocial skill we can work with them on to learn to be patient and wait till it is their turn to talk.


The following are the steps for the interrupting skill:


1.Decide if you need to

Discuss when it is appropriate to interrupt (i.e., when you need help but the person you want to talk to isn’t looking at you).


2.Walk to the person.


3.Wait

Emphasize the importance of waiting without talking. Tell the children to wait until the person stops talking and looks at you.


4.Say “excuse me.”

Discuss how to know the person is ready to hear you (e.g., the person looks at you). The children can then ask what they need.


Please help your child practice at home by doing the following:

  • Remind your child to use the skill when you see a time the skill could be helpful.
  • Respond positively to your child’s skill use (allow the skill to be successful).
  • Reward your child’s use of the skill (you may use a Parent award and have your child return it to school).
  • Ask your child to teach you (or a brother or sister) the skill.

YOGA & MEDITATION

We will be incorporating some yoga into the classroom this summer, a good exercise for the little ones! With this we thought we would provide an article about the benefits of yoga for children.

We also have an article on meditation as well.


7 Ways Kids Benefit From Yoga (mindbodygreen.com).


Just Breathe: The Importance of Meditation Breaks for Kids - HealthyChildren.or

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