April 2014 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

GoNoodle!! Have ya heard?!

Okay ya'll, this is serious!! Have you HEARD of GoNoodle yet? If you are a brain-breaking classroom, then let me tell you, you are in for a serious treat. And I'm not even kidding. And if you are one of the lovely teachers that I work with, then you know that I am always emailing the staff with some annoying email about another fun brain break website that I found. BUT THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE. (for real). SO DELETE ALL THOSE OTHER EMAILS AND SAVE THIS ONE.
Yes. This is me in my sweet GoNoodle t-shirt. All the cool kids have one. 
Which is really fun and all, except I made the mistake of wearing it to school
Now my kids are asking me every day "Mrs. Jonesssssss... why aren't you wearing your GoNoodle t-shirt??!" and "Can you tell my mom to get me a GoNoodle t-shirttttt
and all that. Sorry parents!

GoNoodle is like the brain-breaking mecca. It combines all sorts of get-up-and-move brain breaking fun with academics, motivation, and even calming and stretching built right in. Best of all... it is FREE and SIMPLE to use! Did you hear? FREE! All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a projector or white board.

Here is how it works:

Earn points to boost your champ to the next level by brain breaking. 
He morphs with each level change-- guaranteed to make your kids go BANANAS!

Here is our guy...
However just today, our good ole' champ Freckles was MAXXED OUT. Did you hear the screams coming from room 109? Thought so. That was Freckles reaching his highest level because, well, we are that good. And so, we voted on a new champ. Voting was serious. But it came down to the winner.... which I can't remember its name because I was really attached to Freckles and so it's going to take a while for this new one to grow on me. Moving on. 

So after you pick your champ... you just click and get to it! Any time your kids need to get some wiggles out... are dragging and feeling lethargic... need help focusing....transitions... a few extra minutes before dismissal... all perfect brain break times!

Here are some of my sweet little noodles in action.

If you need any more convincing, research shows that short bursts of classroom physical activity improve student performance. It's research people! Do it! Plus it is soooooo much funner than Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. 

If that is not enough to convince you to sign up for a free membership, my blogging buddies at the Primary Chalkboard are hosting a GoNoodle GIVEAWAY!

GoNoodle also offers an exclusive members only area of their site.
You can enter to win a membership here!

Playdoh + Geometry = Fun!

Hey peeps! I have been getting lots of great feedback about our Bright Ideas Link-up... so I joined in again this month to help spread some short and sweet, easy-to-implement teaching ideas that you can use RIGHT NOW!
This month's topic.... daaa daaaa duuhhhh!

GEOMETRY for Little People...using Playdoh and a butterknife!

Super simple and FUN!

Playdoh is perfect for teaching about shapes, sides, and vertices. 
Yes. You must give the "Butterknife Safety 101" course before beginning. 
Once you get that out of the way, pass out the Playdoh, the butterknives, and get into it!

Show the kids how to flatten the Playdoh.

Then carefully use the butterknife to cut straight sides. I showed the kids on my doc camera a how to cut a shape and had them copy me. After a while they were making shapes and having their friends tell them them name. Super fun, lots of smiles, and learning at the same time!

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