Following the sell out of our 5th Movement Based Learning Training last year, Vicky and I are gearing up for our first Movement Based Learning course of the year: The Building Block Activities. This one day training will be held on the 1st of March 2020, at The New Life Gym, in Maryhill, Glasgow. This is a certified training with 2 experienced, licensed training providers, both of whom trained with founder of the program Ceceila Koester. Cost is £95, which incldes a manual and certificate.
training is ideal for parents or carers (suitable for all ages and
abilities) and is particularly beneficial to those who struggle with
processing sensory information and with emotional regulation.
This course is also suitable for school teachers and other professionals working with those who have additional challenges to learning. We have previously welcomed Yoga teachers, Speech & Language Therapists, Play Therapists, Social workers, Occupational Therapists, as well as School Teachers and Head Teachers on the course.
Isn’t it great when learning becomes a game? The Lazy 8 is one of 26 Brain Gym exercises® and it’s a brilliant activity for building your child’s visual-motor skills, helping them cross the midline for reading and writing.
What’s the ‘midline’? Think of the eyes crossing from one side of the body to the other; at some point they need to cross the midline of the body (at the bridge of the nose) to get to the other side. When that happens effortlessly, we can read with ease. When the hemispheres of the brain are not well integrated (I think of this as as the right and left side of the brain talking to each other), the eyes can skip at the midline and this causes complications with reading. This can result in trouble keeping your place, poor comprehension skills, symptoms of dyslexia.
In order to roll the marbles around the track on the Lazy 8 board, children need to move their hands and eyes (up, down, left and right) plus cross the midline with their eyes. This activates both hemispheres of the brain, develops visual and motor co-ordination, visual tracking, concentration and relaxed learning. It can also be beneficial for those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia.
Based in Glasgow, Little School of Yoga works with children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to promote physical and mental wellbeing.