Hi Everyone, it's Becky! I'm linking up tonight with GoNoodle's Brain Break Blitz Linky!
I have always done exercises with my kiddos, so when I found out about GoNoodle last year, my first graders and I were instantly hooked! I loved how there were so many (age & language appropriate) exercise videos all in one place! My kids loved trying new exercises, and probably would have sung "Let It Go" all day, every day if I let them!
So this year I knew that I was going to start out the school year with GoNoodle! The first few days of school include a lot of learning about rules and procedures, which can put any first graders into overload. Plus, the days can be very long for them, coming from half-day kindergarten. Wednesday was our first day of school, and I could see that I was losing my new kiddos when we were discussing some classroom expectations. So, I decided it was best to stop where we were, do a brain break or two, and then continue on with the task at hand. (I don't really schedule my brain breaks. We just take one when I see that we need it.) Their first introduction to GoNoodle was "The Caveman!"
With it being the first day, some were hesitant about joining in on the fun. (They didn't want to look silly!) But once they saw their cool teacher doing the funny exercises, the majority of the students participated!
But today, our second day of school, I knew I had them hooked! They were asking me if we could GoNoodle today! So, when the time was right, we tried out Hopscotch, and Flow. They LOVED Hopscotch! Almost all of them joined in on the fun right away! Since they were pretty amped after this fun exercise, I put on Flow. Flow is great because it is calming and encourages the students to focus on themselves. They were ready for learning when we finished with Flow.
Another aspect about GoNoodle that my kids like is that your class picks a character that grows as your class exercises and accumulates more minutes. They always want to see what it is going to look like next!
Like most first graders, my new kiddos seem to be very talkative and have LOTS of energy! I am hoping that GoNoodle will be a positive outlet for all of their excitement! If you haven't tried it out yet, you should! Your kids will LOVE it!
Mr. & Mrs.
We are Becky and Greg from York, PA. Becky just started her 11th year of teaching first grade. Greg has begun his 13th year as a high school social studies teacher. We love teaching and this blog is a peek into our world.
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