Friday, August 24, 2012

Fight Against Fidgeting!

The number one way I have found to stop kids from fidgeting in class is to let them get all of their energy out another way! I make it a point sporadically throughout the day to do exercise songs in class!  It makes a MAJOR difference it getting kids to sit still the rest of the time!



I have a lot of exercise activities that I do with them that are academic in nature, but sometimes we just need a brain break!  I found a ton of songs on YouTube that are just perfect for this!

I used my little YouTube trick below to save these videos into a folder on my computer so I can pull them up easily on the Smart Board. 



Before you say it... I will: "When am I supposed to have time to do this in class!?  My day is already full!" Most of these songs are 2-3 minutes long... and I know that when my kids fidget I sometimes spend more than 2-3 minutes to get them back on task... so you're not taking extra time to do this, you're just re-purposing your time!


Anyway... here are my favorite videos for brain breaks!  I embedded the videos here, but the titles of the song will also link you to the video on YouTube if you want to save it from there.

This one is my absolute favorite!!!






















Can you tell that I just love Patty Shukla's songs?!


This one is another one of my favorites!

















 




























That's 24 different songs to help your kids get their fidgeting out in a way that doesn't distract the rest of the class... in fact, it's actually in a way that benefits the entire class since they'll all be able to focus better after getting their blood to flow around better!

How do you get your kiddos to stop fidgeting?

22 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! These are fabulous. Thanks!

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    1. So glad you like them! I can't personally take credit for any of them but I just love all of them!

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  2. These are sooo going to be used by me! Thanks a bunch for putting them together!

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    1. No problem! So glad you'll be able to use them!

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  3. Fabulous! This is so great! I've seen a lot of different videos floating around pinterest and would really love to try them out with my class. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. There really are a ton of amazing videos out there! I'm glad to share my favorites!

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  4. Love! Thanks for the information. I was just thinking I didn't know how to use You Tube in my classroom and there must be a way!! I am all about brain breaks and this will save my voice.

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    1. I just love brain breaks as well! I used to do them all without YouTube but I was so amazed at how much fun it is to do the brain breaks on the Smart Board!

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  5. Thanks for sharing all of your favorites! You shared a lot that I've never seen and I will definitely add them to my collection on Mentor Mob! I use a lot of songs and videos for brain breaks. You can see my favorites here: http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/brain-breaks

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing! You have a few in there that I hadn't heard yet!!!

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  6. Love, love, love! Thank you for compiling!

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  7. Holy cow!! Thank you so very much!! I'll put these in a smartboard jukebox and use them throughout the day.
    Thanks so much

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    1. What is smart board jukebox?! It sounds utterly convenient!!

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    2. I've been wondering the same thing myself! I wonder if she saves the videos off YouTube and keeps them in a folder/in iTunes to use throughout the day? That's what I did with mine and the kids love it and know how to open their own songs!

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  8. Wow, this is great, thank you for your large collection, I will be sure to use this in class.
    Dynelle
    http://firstgradefunmrsdunn.blogspot.ca/

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    1. No problem! I'm glad you can use them!

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  9. I've got the perfect class for these songs this year :)
    THANK YOU!
    Lauren
    justaddclipart.blogspot.com

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  10. Have you tried teh Dinosaur Stomp by Koo Koo Kangaroo? Hilarious! http://youtu.be/cGA1rYOrbUo

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    1. I haven't heard of it... I'll have to check it out! Tanks for letting me know!

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  11. Great list here - my kids also love The Alphabet Dance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bsVuzpDL_I

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