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Brain Gym: Simple Brain Gym Exercises to Stimulate the Brain for Study Readiness


    This article gives you a brief overview on brain gym activities that help activate learning in the brain.  This article is a review.  Future articles will explain brain gym movements in more detail.  Affiliate links are included for your convenience.  Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center.  As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide any specific condition, learning challenge, diagnosis or treatment that you may find in your child or student.  If you are seeking a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, contact a trained professional who can provide an assessment of the child.


    Do you find it interesting that we often complicate our child's educational experience?  It is easy for us to immerse ourselves in developing broad and grand ways to help other students to overcome or meet certain needs, but is there a simpler solution?


    Sometimes we want our children to have a "miracle" or "jaw drop" technique to read or complete difficult math problems, but these are the simplest and easiest ways to make the most change in your child's learning.


  Brain Gym Cross Crawls


    We already talked about how important it is for your child to cross the equator.  Now, they need to be encouraged to participate in the activities that it does.  Cross-crawling is one of the most important exercises you can do with your child.  The purpose of this exercise is to improve communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain (critical thinking, problem solving, auditory, organizational, and more) for higher level reasoning.


    Have your child or student stand up straight and raise their left knee.  Advise them to cross the midline of the body and place the right hand on the left knee.  Place the right hand on the left knee and lift the right knee and move the child with the left hand on the right knee.  The movements should be done slowly and accurately.  Sometimes children tend to do these exercises too fast and rush through them.


  Other exercises will be mentioned in the next section ...

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