August 16, 2015

GoNoodle Blogger Blitz

I’m so excited to share how I use Go Noodle Brain Breaks in my classroom! If you haven’t heard of Go Noodle yet, I definitely recommend you head to their website now and sign up!! It’s free! 

I’ve used Go Noodle in my classroom for the past two years. Whether it was a rainy day or my students just needed a break, Go Noodle has been my go to site! 
GoNoodle offers over 100 physical activity videos and games – including dancing, running, jumping, stretching, deep breathing, and more - and helps students channel all of their abundant energy. After taking a quick break with Go Noodle, my students are always more focused and ready to move on to the next task.

Some of my favorite Go Noodle videos focus on mindfulness with calming and breathing techniques. I love playing these videos after a test or right after lunch. It allows students to transition to the next part of our day without having to verbally get the class under control. 

Flow is one of the videos that really provides mindfulness therapy to students. 

There are several skills you can focus on such as attitude, mood, and stress. The video talks students through a scenario in which they can relate their personal stressors to. For example, the screenshot below is from “Weather the Storm” which sends the message of staying strong through tough times. By the end of the video, the little tree as made it through a storm and can take a deep breath and focus once again.

“We can be like this tree. We can remain strong during challenges in our life. We can be strong. We are strong.”

Click here to see the videos on mindfulness! 

Another favorite is Airtime which facilitates deep breathing techniques. Sometimes children (and teachers) just need to stop for a few minutes and breath. It begins with your bubble’s journey. As you breath in and out, your bubble travels across the United States. When you arrive at a new destination, you receive a postcard with fun facts about that area! (Hello social studies standards tie in!)

“Breathe in. Breathe out.”

Students get ready for landing by taking a final deep breath in and out.

I highly recommend all classrooms use Go Noodle. Some of the videos are only 1-2 minutes. Children are pushed so hard in school these days and could use a break to refocus their mind and energy.

As part of the GoNoodle Blogger Blitz, I am giving away a Go Noodle pencil pouch! Also, you can use the code BTSwithGoNoodle for 15% off everything at the GoNoodle shop! The code is valid September 4 - September 11.

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