We all know that we sometimes need just a few minutes to take a short break to help us get focused. Sometimes, it is for a cup of coffee, a cookie or to check our phones. It helps us catch our breath and gives us another opportunity to start again. Did you know that your breaks are call Brain Breaks?
Smart teachers know that kids need short breaks in learning. Sometimes, called Brain Breaks, they are short, physical activities that are interspersed with periods of focused academic work. Research shows that shorter blocks of instruction are more effective for many kids, with younger kids maxing out after about 10 minutes and older kids lasting up to a half-hour or more. Adding short breaks can help improve students’ attention, retention of information, creativity, and efficiency. Adding some breaks can be fun, make them a definite MUST in every classroom.
6 Benefits of Brain Breaks
- Improves focus by lessening frustration and boredom
- Provides physical activity
- Adds some fun into learning
- Gives a sense of accomplishment by completing an assignment
- Helps use up extra energy
- Give kids (and adults) something to look forward to
Brain Breaks and Remote Learning
Now that many schools have started remote learning once again, there is even more reason to give kids some much needed breaks from computer screens. Since kids are missing the physical activity of a classroom, Brain Breaks are must. Think simple. Try jumping jacks, stretches, yoga poses or jogging in place for a short quick break. If you want to extend your break a few more minutes add a dance party, take a short walk, play a boardgame or do a household chore.
Although short breaks during classwork or homework are beneficial be sure to plan carefully. Be sure your breaks are not too much fun or too lengthy or you might have kids not want to get back to work!
The length of Brain Breaks and the topics depends on your child’s age and interest levels. So, choose things that YOUR child wants to do as a Brain Break. Create a list of ideas so that you or your child can choose their own Brain Break. Do not be afraid to let your child add to the list (of course with parent approved)
Remote learning is creating many challenges for parents, teachers, and students. Why not add some Brain Breaks into your schedule to make learning easier and less stressful? Teach your child that you too, need Brain Breaks. Show them that being able to drink a HOT cup of coffee is what makes you happy. Enjoy your Brain Break!
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.
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