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					   “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                   different and new.”

                                   The Thinking X

Whenever you move the left side of your body, you're using the right side of

your brain. When you use the right side of your body, the left side of your

brain is active. If you think of an X in your mind and see it, move your eyes

from left to right and right to left.

Thinking of an X tells your brain you want to use both sides of your brain at

the same time. This is a good thing. It will help you with speed-reading and

becoming more coordinated in sports and play activities.


Skipping uses both sides of the brain together. It will help with creative

thinking, study skills, speed-reading, and oral reading. See if your child can

lift one knee up and the arm of the opposite hand. Put them down and then

bring the other knee up and the opposite arm. Do this slowly and then speed

it up until your child can skip.
  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                                Balance Button

This exercise helps with thinking, relaxing for test taking, and organizational

skills. While sitting down, touch two fingers to the indentation at the base

of the skull, behind the ear. Rest the other hand on your navel. Imagine

breathing the energy up through the body, slowly and deeply. After a

minute, switch hands and hold your two fingers behind the other ear.

                                 The Elephant

This exercise helps with math and spelling skills. The Elephant will also help

you to listen better. Stand up, bending your knees and 'glue' your head to

your shoulder and point across the room to the left. Use your ribs to move

your whole upper body as you trace a Lazy 8 on its side. Look past your

fingers. Then, repeat with the other side.

If you have your child practice spelling his or her spelling words in the air, it

helps him or her to remember them.

                                  Neck Rolls

Neck Rolls help to relax your neck and shoulders. You can stand or sit while

you breathe in deeply and slowly, relaxing your shoulders and dropping your

head forward. Move your head slowly from side to side, in a slow, rolling

action. Imagine breathing out any tension. As you do this, your chin draws a

smooth curve across your chest as your neck relaxes.
  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                               Thinking Caps

Thinking Caps is used to improve your ability to listen better, do public

speaking, short-term memory, thinking abilities and spelling. It also can help

improve your concentration while working on the computer.

Take your hands and place them at the top of each ear. Using both hands,

start at the top of each ear and "unroll" the curved part of the edge of the

ears at the same time. Continue moving your hands down the ear all the way

to the bottom of the ear lobes. Repeat this until you have done it three


                               Space Buttons

This exercise helps you with centering, grounding and relaxing the nervous

system. Standing, you hold one hand touching the upper lip and the other

hand touching behind you, just above the tailbone. Hold while you take three

slow, deep breaths. Reverse hands and breathe the same way for three

  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                               Belly Breathing

Belly breathing improves the supply of oxygen to the blood and brain. It

helps relax you, which increases your energy level. It will also make it easier

for you to read and speak.

Standing up, place your hands on your abdomen. Exhale through your mouth

in short little puffs. Next, inhale slowly and deeply, filling your abdomen like

a balloon underneath your hands. Slowly and fully exhale the air. Repeat

this a few times, making sure you have a natural rhythm going.

                               Double Doodle

Double Doodle helps to develop writing skills, spelling and math. It also

makes it easier to be able to follow directions and improve eye-hand


Imagine a line drawn the middle of the body, from the nose to the belly

button. Put both hands up in the air and begin drawing identical doodles on

each side of the line. Have some fun with it. It gives your brain a great

  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                                Gravity Glider

This exercise not only helps with reading comprehension, but it's good to do

after sitting at the office all day and before playing in a sports event like

baseball or soccer.

Sit on a chair or sofa. Cross your ankles. Keeping your knees relaxed, bend

forward and reach out in front of you with straight arms. Let your arms

glide down toward your feet as you exhale. Glide arms up as you inhale.

Repeat, moving arms to the left and up, right and up, and then center.

Change your legs and repeat. For most people, their body feels lighter and

more relaxed.

                                Brain buttons

This exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain to "switch on" the entire
brain before a lesson begins. The increased blood flow helps improve
concentration skills required for reading, writing, etc.

      Put one hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the
       thumb and index finger.
      Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations below the
       collarbone on each side of the sternum. Press lightly in a pulsing
      At the same time put the other hand over the navel area of the
       stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes.
  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                                  Cross crawl

This exercise helps coordinate right and left brain by exercising the
information flow between the two hemispheres. It is useful for spelling,
writing, listening, reading and comprehension.

       Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as
        you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right
        knee just as if you were marching.
       Just do this either sitting or standing for about 2 minutes.

                                   Hook ups
This works well for nerves before a test or special event such as making a
speech. Any situation which will cause nervousness calls for a few "hook ups"
to calm the mind and improve concentration.

       Stand or sit. Cross the right leg over the left at the ankles.
       Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the
        fingers so that the right wrist is on top.
       Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body
        until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the center of the
        chest. Stay in this position.

Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in

this position for a few minutes. You will be noticeably calmer after that


                               Mr. Spock hands

Mr. Spock with hands – switch fingers – back and forth
Try the opposite hand
Relax your other hand
Both hands together
Opposite from one another
Switch back to the same
  “It’s not supposed to be easy…It’s supposed to be
                  different and new.”
                               The swoop

Put one hand in front of your face
Move it behind your head and up
Swoop it down in front of your face again
Opposite hand starts above your head, swoop down in front of face; behind
head at up
Both hands together