A B C D E F G l t r r t t l Alphabet This involves reading aloud the letters of the alphabet from Edit I H K and N J beginning L endM end to to beginning. l r Brain Gym t t r l l Each letter is accompanied by an action – l is a left arm O P Q raise, r isSa right armU R T raise and t is both arms together. t t l r t r r Why do it? Alphabet edit connects left and right brain, helps eye co- V W ordination and improvesXvisual, Y Z auditory and kinaesthetic ability. t l l l r With one arm extended in front of you and your thumb pointing upwards trace the shape of a figure eight in Lazy Eights the air. The eight should be on its side and as you trace it out in large, slow movements focus you’re your “Up to the left and around. Brain Gym eyes on your thumb. Without moving Cross the middle your head trace out three eights in and up. Around, successively larger movements. down and back to the middle”. Repeat with the other hand and then repeat with both hands clasped together. Why do it? Lazy eights improve binocular and peripheral vision. It connects right and left visual fields and improves balance and co-ordination. Also helps with reading and long term memory. Cross Crawl Standing begin to march in time. Raise your knees and Brain Gym alternately touch each knee with your hand. Progressively move your elbows to touch each knee. Why do it? Cross crawl activates both halves of the brain together. Research suggests it improves co-ordination, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic ability and can improve listening, writing spelling, reading and memory. Belly •Inhale deeply through the nose and then exhale through the mouth in Breathing short puffs through pursed lips. (Try imagining keeping a feather Brain Gym aloft). •Inhale through nose (count of 3) •Hold (count of 3) •Exhale through nose (count of 3) •Hold (count of 3) •Repeat Why do it? Belly breathing improves energy levels and consequently attention span. It helps with reading and speech. Sit with head resting on desk. Place hands on desk in line with The shoulders, fingers pointing slightly Energiser inward. •Inhale through the nose – slowly Keep the Brain Gym lifting the head, then neck and then shoulders relaxed upper back as you breath in. •Exhale lowering the upper back, then neck and then the head back to the desk. •Repeat three times. Why do it? The energiser helps improve breathing, posture and consequently improves concentration and attention span. It is good for visual, tactile kinaesthetic and auditory learning Stroop Say the colour that you see… Not the word that you see! Brain Gym GREEN BLACK BLUE RED YELLOW Why do it? Stroop activates both halves of the brain together. Research suggests it improves co-ordination, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic ability and can improve listening, writing spelling, reading and memory.