Are your kids disinterested? Are they frustrated? Are they on an information overload? Or even bored in their studies? Here are some great ideas to fit your children’s particular needs. These ideas can be used as a pick me up when the children need a "brain break" from their routine.

     Cross-lateral movements help to improve motor control, excites the neural pathways that connect the right and left hemisphere of the brain and hand-eye coordination. When you combine the cross-lateral movements with academic content then you are giving maximum input on all levels. This can be very beneficial to the younger ones at home.  Also pole-bridging, giving a commentary of what you are doing as you are doing it, can make your brain breaks even more productive. Pole-bridging talk is an important element in cognitive development.

     Brain breaks for the older children can be a way to introduce new vocabulary, spelling or number facts. They can simply reinforce material from previous lessons or set the stage for the lessons to come. In other words, Brain breaks are a great way to make connection to a previous lesson or to extend what your children will be learning.

     The purpose of Bible Brain Breakers is tri-fold.

1.       To share with you ideas of how to refocus the children when they are going off task;

2.       Ideas to keep God in the middle of our school; and

3.       Fun ways to increase your children’s brain-power and learning at the same time!

     Specific Scripture references have been given for most activities, but many activities can be adapted to fit almost any Bible story or Bible verse.

     For your classroom, make a “Brain Breakers Box” that is filled with item to use for Brain Breakers for access throughout the day.  Include items such as: beach volley ball, jump rope, bean bags (about the size of child’s palm), stress balls, crayons, butcher paper, duct tape, etc…

     Remember Proverbs 17:22 says, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

 "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

~ Deuteronomy 6:7-9

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