1. Improved auditory discrimination skills using Brain Gym activities versus the use of random movement in the classroom (Sifft & Khalsa).
Like cross laterals, this movement focuses on crossing the midline.
You don't need to have a white board or pencil and paper, you can track Lazy 8's in the air.
Tracking Lazy 8's is a great way to get both eyes working together. Good binocular tracking is essential for reading!
Spinning is a great way to wake up the vestibular system
Movement stimulates the brain for new learning (Hannaford, C.)
Movement assists in the formation of key developmental concepts such as standing, walking, vision and hearing, which are all related to academics (Hannaford, C.)
Touch anchors learning (Bailey, B.)
All learning is a sensory-motor event (Diamond, M.)
Up to 90% of vision occurs due to proprioception and touch (Jensen, E.)
Quotes compiled by Jami Guercia, M.A. (2003). Sources: Bailey, B. (2000), Conscious Discipline: 7 basic skills for brain smart classroom management. Diamond, M. (1985), The Human Brain Coloring Book. Hannaford, C. (1995), Smart Moves: Why learning is not all in your head. Jensen, E. (1998), Teaching with the brain in mind.