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According to Confucius' golden words: "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, let me act and I will understand" I present to you the exercises discussed and shown by Mrs. Aldona Gontek during educational kinesiology workshops (read what is educational kinesiology).
The whole should last about 15-20 minutes. It is worth to include relaxing music that will accompany the exercises in the background.
PART ONE - introductory exercises
- Drinking water: a lot of still water at room temperature. Water is necessary for all physical exercises as well as for mental effort. It is a kind of electrolyte that facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses to the cerebral hemispheres.
- Alternating movements: very important especially for children who did not crawl. These are all those exercises where the left side of the body meets the right, so the elbow of the right hand touches the knee of the left leg (and vice versa), the right hand touches the left elbow (and vice versa), the right hand touches the left ear (and vice versa), right hand touches the left heel behind the back (and vice versa). In this exercise, it is important not so much that it touches what, but that they are crossed movements and that the head crosses the axis of the body in the exercise. Then the exercise performance is highest. There should be a dozen or so reps.
- Lazy eights: always drawn from the center towards the upper left corner. While drawing, the child should focus on drawing the reference line and simultaneously tracking the device with his eyes. You should draw a figure eight times with one hand, then change your hand (and the color of the drawing instrument to see the differences, especially at the beginning) and draw a figure eight times again. Finally, use both hands (without overtaking the hand) to draw a few more times. In the eight, it is interesting that the shape of the eight drawn by the child also gives us information about the more developed child analyzer. If the figure eight appears to be flattened, it means that the child's hearing analyzer is working more strongly, if the figure eight is more round, it means that the eye analyzer is stronger. It is worth making sure that the child draws the centered figure eight.
- Drawing with both hands: at a height convenient for the child we draw a vertical line and straight shapes departing from it (templates available on the Internet). The child simultaneously begins to draw on both sides of the axis with both hands simultaneously. Make sure that the child draws at one pace and as accurately as possible, and that no hand "overtakes" the other. It would be good if the 4-element scheme was repeated several times.
- Elephant: the child puts his right cheek to his right hand and paints the lazy eight with the resulting "trumpet". At this point, I will go out in line and propose a song that I use very often in working with children for a long time, and which seems to be a more interesting form than the Elephant exercise. I mean the song "Recipe for dancing eight". You will find it easily on the internet. I heartily recommend her. It's basically the same thing as elephant exercise, but it triggers more body parts.
PART TWO - stretching exercises, extending the muscles of the body
- Owl: first, properly massage the hood muscles. With your right hand, we firmly grasp the muscles of the left shoulder. Turn your head all the way to the left. Inhale. Start breathing out like an owl (hu-hu-hu ...) while slowly turning your head to the right. Turn your head until the air runs out. Repeat the exercise for this page at least 3 times and then change the page. Always remember to massage your muscle before starting the exercise.
- Heel pumping: we lean on the countertop / window sill (something stable) so that our body is straight but inclined. At the same time, we "push" the top and lift and press to the ground alternately left and right heels.
PART THREE - energizing exercises
- The thinker's cap: we grasp the edge of the auricle (labrum) with our fingers and unwind it (quite strongly) from the outside, starting from the top of the ear to the bottom. Massage both ears at the same time. This exercise should be done 3 times. Finally, stretch your ears in all directions and pull down firmly 3 times.
- Thinking points: with two fingers look for two points / "holes" under the collarbone bone, on both sides of the sternum. Put your other hand on your navel. Use your fingers to massage the circular motions quite strongly in the places under the clavicular bone, our two thinking points about 20-30 seconds or until you feel that they have become less sensitive. Then change hands and repeat the exercise. Initially, massaging "thinking points" can be painful. After a few repetitions, the places are no longer so sensitive, and to activate them after a while you only need to put your fingers without massaging.
PART FOUR - exercises deepening, closing the cycle of exercises
- Dennison's position: this exercise has two parts.
First: roll your arms like a "chimney sweep goes up the ladder", cross your feet (exercise is best done sitting, lying or standing in the support), breathe calmly, close your eyes. When breathing in through your nose, keep your tongue on your palate and relax as you breathe out through your mouth. Exercise should be done for about 1 minute.
Second: feet should be placed in parallel, fingertips connected together in both hands, breathe deeply. We also stay in this position for 1 minute.
People who are not able to roll their hands in a "chimney sweep" can cross their arms and "put" their hands under their armpits so that only their thumbs stick out.
An additional exercise that can be done with children, and which they like very much is the "Ball Battle". A A4 size card or a similar size newspaper is enough for it. We divide it into 8 equal pieces. We put four cards on the left and right. Then simultaneously reach for both pages with both hands. Simultaneously crush the balls with both hands. We must remember that no hand rests while the other is working. When we crush all the cards and on both sides we have 4 paper balls, we proceed to attack with snow cannons. We create a cannon from our own hands. We roll our left hand into a fist so that the thumb is outside the fingers. Place the ball on the right with your right hand on our cannon. Then, with a flick of the right hand, we shoot. When we use up all the balls on the right, our right hand becomes a cannon and the left one shoots. Finally, you can activate your child to collect the balls on all fours (alternating movement!) So that they again have 8 paper balls.