BRAIN GYM NOTES

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Jan 17 – Routine 1 – Water, Brain Buttons, Cross Crawl, Think of an X, The Owl, Thinking Caps, Belly Breathing and Hook-ups.

Jan 18 – Do 2 cards each for the fronts or blank sides for each of the exercises above. One card should read:
Upper Left Corner Routine 1 –
Upper Right Corner – the number of the exercise in the routine
Center – the Name of the Exercise
Below the Name of the Exercise – One card should say “Benefits,” and the second card for the exercise should say – “How to Do”

Jan 19 – Exercise 1 – Water – Card 1 – Benefits of Water: ONLY water hydrates the body – Improves Concentration – Promotes efficient storage and retrieval of information – Great anti-stressor, especially before a test – ALL academic and physical skills improve – Alleviates mental fatigue – Cleanses the system.

Jan. 20 – Exercise 1 – Water – Card 2 – How to DO Water: Room temperature – Drin out of a stainless steal or glass container (NO plastic bottles – Plastic contributes microscopic bits that become hormone disruptors in your system) – Take a few sips at a time for best absorption – Sip at the beginning of each class – Filtered, if possible, to take out poisons (Chlorine, Fluoride, Lead, etc.) – Structured & mineralized, if possible – General Rule take drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily – Consumption also depends upon the weather (Hot – drink more) and level of physical activity (Highly active – Drink more.)

Jan. 23 – Exercise 2 – Brain Buttons – Card 1 – Benefits: Gets more oxygen to the brain – Helps messages travel across the Corpus Colossum to facilitate left & right brain thinking – Increases blood flow – Increases flow of electromagnetic energy – Helps with reading – Body coordination – Correcting letter & number reversals
Consonant blending – Keeping your place while reading – Writing – Computer Work

Jan. 24 – Exercise 2 – Brain Buttons – Card 2 – How to Do: One hand is spread open with the thumb on one side of the upper sternum, just below the clavicle, and the fingers on the other side of the sternum. The second hand covers the navel. The first hand massages the area for thirty seconds; then the hands switch places and the second hand messages the area for thirty seconds.
To See go to the Ascent Advantage Academy youtube playlist: Brain Gym, Week 1, Day 2.

Jan. 25 – Exercise 3 – Cross Crawl – Card 1 – Benefits: Using both eyes together – Activates speech and language centers of the brain – Enhances hearing – Allows for better breathing – Better stamina – Better left-right coordination – Helps with spelling, writing, listening, reading and comprehension.

Jan. 26 – Exercise 3 – Cross Crawl – Card 2 – How to Do: Stand – Raise left knee and touch with right elbow; then raise right knee and touch with left elbow – Repeat 3 times – Touch left heel in back with right hand; then right heel with left hand – alternating for 3 times – Next bend forward and lift left foot, touch with right hand; then lift right foot and touch with left hand; repeat three times – Swing arms around you from side-to-side 3 times – End with giving yourself three hugs! Video on Ascent Advantage Academy Youtube Channel in Brain Gym playlist.

Jan. 27 – Exercise 4 – Thinking of an X – Card 1 – Benefits: Helps with vision – perspective and depth perception – Helps with binaural hearing – Whole body coordination – Writing – Organization in math, spelling, grammar, 2nd language – Sports – Planning and Scheduling – Executive function

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