MOVEMENT EXERCISES FROM MS. GOLD
Movement from Ms. Gold, let’s exercise our brains!
Click the blue link for a demonstration video.
Side to Side – This movement helps with neck muscles! If your child lays their head down or holds their head in their hands while working, this movement will help strengthen their neck!
Students on all fours on floor like a puppy
Slowly turn head to right and stop, back to center and stop, to left and stop
Moo Cow and Hissy Cat -This movement is great to calm the body and focus attention before and during learning.
Students stay on all fours on the floor like a puppy
Curve spine down to the floor like a moo cow and hold for 5 seconds.
Curve spine up to the ceiling like a hissy cat and hold for 5 seconds.
Palmer Video This movement is great to do before writing!
Using a koosh ball (or any ball), squeeze the ball and open hand for 10 times
Repeat with the other hand 10x
Cross Crawl – knee to elbow 10 times. Any movement that gets your child to cross their body (search crossing midline for more ideas!) helps to connect both sides of the brain.
Students stand as straight as possible and move at a slow pace.
Repeat by standing with feet spread apart, reach hands above head. Cross left hand down to touch right knee and then right hand to left knee. Repeat 10 times slowly
Gas & Go This movement helps with worry and anxiety. It’s a great way to get the body relaxed.
Sit on the floor with feet touching yours. Have Student push on your feet as if he were pushing on a gas pedal for a count of 5-10. Then push gently on Student’s feet for a count of 5-10. Repeat this 10x
Lazy 8s – 10 times with each arm or on paper/whiteboard. Students do these daily before literacy! They are great to do anytime!
Starting with one arm, place pointer finger in the middle of the lazy 8.
Have students go up around, down around, back to the middle, up around, down around, back to the middle (like a figure 8 on its side)
Select a story to read. If finding time to read a story is challenging, you might find one from www.storyonline.net you can either watch together or have your child watch. Then ask 2 questions about the story from each section of these questions.