We all have heard it.
We all know it.
We all have LIVED it.
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are NUTS.
Not only do we feel the holiday excitement, the overwhelm of a busy schedule, and the struggle to stay focused, but so do our students!
It’s tough to keep students active and engaged in learning when they feel all the holiday emotions as well. We also have to remember that some students truly don’t enjoy the holidays because of personal situations or their home environment…
That all being said, I try very hard to make the holidays a special time in my elementary classroom. I also intentionally plan activities to get my students up and moving! One way I do this is by incorporating fun, no-prep seasonal brain breaks!
Brain break activities allow my third grade students to dance and move around while reviewing major content areas such as reading and math. There are so many incredible benefits to incorporating brain breaks into your classroom.
Just a few of these amazing benefits are:
Decrease in behavioral issues
Stimulates blood flow to the brain which triggers the release of Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins, and Cortisol
Stimulates the hippocampus which deals with working memory
Can you tell that I am a big fan of integrating brain breaks into my elementary classroom?
Here are some fun, engaging brain breaks that you can incorporate into your elementary classroom during the month of December:
I hope these brain break ideas help keep your students active and engaged during the month of December! If you have any brain break ideas or brain break videos to share, please do! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a video of your classroom brain breaks and tag me on Instagram at @thatteachingspark!