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Mindfulness kids activities - How to teach children mindfulness

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Mindfulness kids activities - How to teach children mindfulness

Mindfulness kids activities - How to teach children mindfulness In this blog article you will learn how I teach children and adults mindfulness because it is important for all of us to understand how to listen, feel and learn with our whole body. When I am asked to help students with learning difficulties and anger management challenges, I often ask them how their body feels when they are angry. Children often say that they find it hard to breathe; they don’t know what they’re feeling; or they feel butterflies in their tummy.   Being able to recognise and label an...

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What is visual tracking and why is visual tracking important for learning

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What is visual tracking and why is visual tracking important for learning

What is visual tracking and why is visual tracking important for learning So you may have come across this page because you have a child who has difficulty with visual tracking or you are finding it challenging engaging some of your students with their reading.   Visual tracking refers to the ability of the eyes to be able to move from left to right and up and down to follow a moving or stationary object.     We use visual tracking to move our eyes from left to right while reading. We also use visual tracking when watching cars drive...

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How to help children to sit still during circle time

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How to help children to sit still during circle time

How to help children to sit still during circle time   There are two main reasons why a child's body struggles to sit still   A learning body is frequently seeking the sensation of 'proprioception'. Proprioception refers to the feeling of pressure in the body's joints and muscles as the body walks, jumps, pushes, and pulls. Children learn about their body and spatial awareness through the feeling of proprioception. A learning body is frequently seeking the 'vestibular' sensation every day. Vestibular sensation refers to the feeling of head movement in the inner ear. We need this sensation to learn what feels...

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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

What is an Exercise Physiologist? The first step to becoming an Exercise Physiologist was studying Exercise Science for 3 years where I learned about how the brain, muscles, bones, organs, heart and lungs work. I initially learnt about how to use specific exercises to improve an athlete’s running speed, jumping height, kicking distance, etc. One of our lessons at uni involved running on a treadmill after eating take away for 3 days in a row and also running on a treadmill after eating a healthy diet for 3 days in a row. This practical activity was to show us how...

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5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children

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5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children

5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children  Here are 5 fun activities you can implement in your classroom or home to improve children’s fine motor skills, particularly pincer grip. Play tea parties and encourage wrist extension by carrying trays Learn more about how to develop wrist extension in my handwriting blog article here Make paper chains or pipe cleaners chains to encourage bilateral coordination Use small tongs to pick up pom poms, pasta, or magnetic letters hidden in rice Using tongs to pick up pasta, pom poms, etc. helps children to develop the grasp/release movement that is...

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