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Homeschooling five boys requires a certain amount of creativity. There are high levels of movements and distractions in our homeschool. As we continue on our homeschool journey, I have found that taking Brain Breaks between lessons and work had been a tremendous help!
Our homeschool Brain Breaks must often be:
- adaptable for ages toddler to teen
- easy to organize
- interesting to all my boys
In an effort to collect and remember our options for brain breaks, I created these 54 Homeschool Brain Breaks and just had to share them with you! These breaks in our homeschool day are designed to give us all a chance to relax and have a bit of fun. We have all agreed that when we take time in between our work that we have a much more enjoyable and effective homeschool day.
Do you ever blank out on what to do for a homeschool brain break? I was having that exact problem! I would know that the boys and I needed a break but would sit there thinking, “Umm…okay, now what?” By the time my brain would kick into gear, the boys would either be off on their merry way or barking at each other. I needed to be intentional in my homeschool fun planning.
I got to work listing all the possibilities. I wanted to make sure different learning styles and interests were included. Also, I knew that certain days would require shorter brain breaks.
As I researched brain breaks for our homeschool, I stumbled upon this fabulous free site! GoNoodle is full of activities and ideas for brain breaks. You and your kids can explore various ways to take a break. I love how there are different categories according to what your kids need at that time, like energizing or calming. You can sign up for free and enjoy how this site has organized online brain breaks for you! Great for times when you just need a break yourself!
While I don’t mind using the occasional online resource, I wanted to use tangible resources that we have in our home. I divided our Homeschool Brain Breaks into 6 general areas.
- Minute Move-Its: Do as many as the listed exercises as possible in 1 minute.
- Move-Its: Exercises or games for when you have a bit more time.
- Arts/Crafts: A few of my boys find simple arts & crafts enjoyable and restorative.
- Music: I have shared how we love to have dance parties! We benefit from other musical activities as well.
- Move-Its with Props: These activities require 1 or more common household materials.
- Brain Breaks Fun: These ideas did not fit into any particular category but just had to be included!
Ways to Use Homeschool Brain Breaks:
- You can simply cut the brain break strips and place into a jar or other container (we actually use an empty tissue box!). Allow one child select a brain break strip and do that activity.
- Use or create a DIY die and roll. Number each brain break strip 1-6. Select 1 of the activities with that number.
- Choose by category or by what is needed.
- Take a vote on what type of brain break is needed and select activity based on the majority.
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If you have any questions about these brain breaks, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear how these brain breaks help you rock your homeschool!
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