Teacher Instructions Week 31
Early Learning Foundations 2
Purpose: Works on balance and cross pattern movement that organizes a the part of the brain responsible for remembering academic information. It also helps to resolve structural issues like hip to knee pronation.
Individual is on his knees. Be sure to leave enough space so that when the arms swing, they to do touch another person close by.
Begin to spin clockwise taking steps with one knee and then the other. One arm swings forward and the other back in an exaggerated movement. The right arm will swing forward as the left knee touches the ground and the left arm swings back. After a few "steps" clockwise, reverse direction to go counter clockwise for a few "steps". Repeat clockwise and counter clockwise directions for the suggested time.
Purpose: To organize the brain at the Pons level. Repetition of this activity builds nerve pathways and stimulates natural development/repair of a central nervous system that may have been compromised by trauma, abuse, adoption, war zone or high fever.
Note: Add this to the exercises this week along with march. You are working both the upper and lower parts of the brain with this combination.
Lie on back. Do See Saw with bare feet dragging on floor or bed. Build to recommended repetitions. Client can do this independently if movement is fast, smooth, and synchronized. Two adults can pattern a child. Client can move only the arms, if an assistant is available to work with the legs.
Instructions for Counting: Count one for every time you come back to the original position.
Variation: For older children, teens and adults who do this activity independently, intensity can be increased by wearing light weights: 1-1.5 lbs on wrists and 2-2.5 lbs on ankles. Build up to recommended repetitions before adding the weights.
Here is an excellent resource for Sousa music. Use the "Marches" category.