Brain research shows that learning is enhanced when we move. Our kinesthetic mode of learning is stimulated as well as our circulation, attention, and the release of endorphins (you know the happy hormone).
Here's a few simple ways that I incorporate basic movement into my work with students:
Following Directions- I often ask students to get up and perform physical activities for following directions. I may ask the student to stand up, do 10 jumping jacks, open the window, and stretch to the sky.
Memory Strategies- I teach my middle schoolers mnemonics paired with body movement and visuals. i.e. the memory peg for one is "sun" in which the student needs to stand up and make the physical outline of the sun with his/her arms while pairing it with the memory item (more to come on this in a later blog post).
I've collected some great products to get our kids up and moving in speech and language therapy. Enter below to win them all!
1. Carissa from homesweetspeechroom has generously donated Fast Dash, an awesome product for targeting those early sounds. I know my kids will love playing this one!
2. You could win Speech-a-Saurus ' adorable phonemic activities which incorporate movement. This Sound Bundle can also be used for articulation and following directions.
3 & 4. My thoughtful friend Rose over at Speech Snacks was so kind to donate two products that focus on fitness. First is The Healthy Heart and Language Mart, a fact-filled language product for middle and high school students to build awareness of fitness, health, and nutrition. And how can you not smile at these adorable Fruits and Veggies that teach language and listening skills to the younger grades.
5. Pam from chitchatandsmalltalk (great, active blog to follow) had a fun idea with her Balloon Bop game. You'll have a chance to win this activity that will not only get your students up and moving but fill the room with laughter during your therapy sessions.
6. Laura from All y' All Need is such a great person whom I had the pleasure of getting to know. Enter for your chance to win Write and Say the Room. This new, spring-themed, colorful product brings kids on a scavenger hunt throughout your room or beyond.
7. This is one of my first products that you may win in the giveaway bundle. Just as it sounds, Hopscotch Naming is played while students work on word-finding and expressive naming skills. Three levels are provided for differentiated instruction.
Good luck everybody and have fun moving with your students!
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