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NAEYC Presentation

  1. 1. Resources and Curriculum Integrates: Story Exercise Self-Regulation
  2. 2. Resources and Curriculum Whole child engagement enhances: Physical Fitness Emotional Stability Learning Readiness
  3. 3. DVD or MP4 format • Story-driven & Instructional Active Play • Combines Creative Movement, Yoga & Brain Gym® based activites • Aerobic & Anaerobic Exercise • Designed & Taught by Experts • Affordable PE & SEL Curriculum activity
  4. 4. Health - Nutrition - Self-Regulation • Set of 16 – hard copy & printable pdf • Reinforce health lessons & techniques in videos • Build self-care into daily routine • Support well-being, harmony & learning • Enhance SEL & executive function
  5. 5. Fulfills Head Start Early Learning Framework & Common Core Standards • Builds on the video class & cards • Comprehensive 30-week program • Themed lesson plans with 200+ activities: • Cooperative Games • Take it Outside • Mindfulness • Movement to Music • Stories in Motion
  6. 6. OUR UNIQUE INTEGRATION OF 1. Developed and tested with children 2. Distinct from anything currently on the market 3. Validated by scientific research
  7. 7. Research Highlights • Focus attention and engage participant in an empathic response, creating a significant physiological effect on the body and on behavioral choices. (Paul Zak, 2013) • Activate episodic memory and light up the whole brain for learning (Dr. John Medina, Brain Rules, 2010) using Bilateral and Cross-lateral Intentional Movement • Decrease off-task behavior in preschool age children (Dr. Jennifer Dustow, Autism Project, 2009) • Improve creative problem solving, language skills, and memory (Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., The Cognitive Benefits of Play: Effects on the Learning Brain, 2008)
  8. 8. Research Highlights • Increases attention span and ability to ignore distractions and concentrate effectively • Enhances behavioral regulation, metacognition, and overall global executive function (Flook, Smalley, Kitil, Galla, Kaiser-Greenland, Locke, Ishijima, Kasari, 2010, Napoli, Krech, & Holley, 2005) • Over-rides the body’s physiological response to stress • Stimulates the release of BDNF, which grows the brain (Ratey, 2008) • Improves the cognitive control of attention • Enhances academic performance (Hillman, CH, Pontifex, MB, Raine, LB, Castelli, DM, Hall, EE, Kramer, AF, 2009)
  9. 9. Research Highlights • Unifies and integrates mind/body experience (Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 2009) • Organizes whole-brain function for optimal learning (Dennison and Hannaford, 1999) • Improves executive functions • Concentrates BDNF in the hippocampus, enhances long term memory retention (Ratey, 2008) (Science 2011)
  10. 10. For Your Classroom
  11. 11. For You Pre-Activity: notice sensations & range of motion • Turn head to left • Turn head to right • Fold from hips into forward bend • Snap Test
  12. 12. SNAP TEST A l B r C t H l I l O l P t Q r V l W t X t J r D r F r G t L M r r N t R l S t U r Y l Z r K l E l T r
  13. 13. Adventure Skills Ordered to coincide with Brain Gym® PACE:
  14. 14. For You Post-Activity: notice sensations & range of motion • Turn head to left. • Turn head to right. • Fold from hips into forward bend • Snap Test
  15. 15. SNAP TEST A l B r C t H l I l O l P t Q r V l W t X t J r D r F r G t L M r r N t R l S t U r Y l Z r K l E l T r
  16. 16. Build movement skills Reinforce health & self-regulation Comprehensive & integrated whole child program for PE, SEL, Expressive Arts For Staff & Parents in-person & online
  17. 17. Stories/Literature: Lin, P-Y., Grewal, N.S., Morin, C., Johnson, W.D., Zak, P.J. 2013. Oxytocin increases the influence of public service advertisements. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56934. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056934. [Link] Medina, John. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Seattle: Pear Press, 2010. Print Embodied Self-Regulation Skills: Dennison, Paul and Dennison, Gail. Brain Gym® 101: Balance for Daily Life. • EduKinesthetics, 2007. Print Dennision, Paul & Dennison, Gail. Brain Gym Teacher’s Manual. EduKinesthetics, Inc., 2010. Print Dustow, Dr. Jennifer. Autism Project of Dr. Jennifer Dustow: Do Bilateral Exercises Decrease Off Task Behavior with Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009. Print LINK Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., (2008) The Cognitive Benefits of Play: Effects on the Learning Brain, Retrieved from Hannaford, Carla. Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head. Great Ocean Publishers 1995. Print
  18. 18. Mindfulness: Lisa Flook, Susan L. Smalley, M. Jennifer Kitil, Brian M. Galla, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, Jill Locke, Eric Ishijima, Connie Kasari. (2010) Effects of Mindful Awareness Practices on Executive Functions in Elementary School Children . Journal of Applied School Psychology, Vol. 26, Iss. 1 Katherine Weare. Developing mindfulness with children and young people: a review of the evidence and policy context. Journal of Applied School Psychology 2010 Vol. 21, Iss. 1, pp. 99-125 Cardio-Exercise Hillman CH, Pontifex MB, Raine LB, Castelli DM, Hall EE, Kramer AF. (2009) The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic achievement in preadolescent children. Neuroscience. 2009 Mar 31;159(3):1044-54. Doi 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2009.01.057. Epub 2009 Feb 3. Strong WB, Malina RM, Blimkie CJ, Daniels SR, Dishman RK, Gutin B, Hergenroeder AC, Must A, Nixon PA, Pivarnik JM, Rowland T, Trost S, Trudeau F. (2005) Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth. J Pediatr. 2005 Jun;146(6):732-7. Slow Intentional Movement Ratey, John J., MD. Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain. Little Brown and Company, 2008. Print •Gothe N. Pontefex MB, Hillman C, Mcauley E. (2012) The Acute Effects of Yoga on Executive Function. Journal of Physical Activity & Health © 2012 Human Kinetics, Inc •Link -
  19. 19. Leah Kalish, MA: CEO / Founder 15718 Milbank Street Encino, CA,  91436 Phone: 818-667-3689 Email: leah @