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Wake Your Brain FLEX Animals All Around: Science-Based Exercise for Tots

Wake Your Brain uses movement to energize and empower students, decrease stress levels, and improve coordination of the nervous system for optimal learning, focus, and integration.
Annika Russo
117 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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Over 5 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Students will have fun learning about letter sounds and the animals that start with those letters while exercising their bodies and brains.
Ms Annika is a physical therapist who specializes in adapting movement patterns to individual students' needs. Through her work, she has developed an arsenal of movements that train the brain to improve communication and effective functioning through practice and fun-filled, high-energy dances.
First week homework: Journal in the classroom dashboard what goals you have for your four weeks in this class. I will respond detailing which exercise to practice more than others or which breathing technique to utilize in anxiety-provoking situations. If there are other learners registered for your section, you will all have access to the classroom dashboard to answer and respond to each other's questions, give suggestions, and offer encouragement. This journaling will be the springboard for discussion, correction, encouragement, and further investigation.
Second week homework: Journal in the classroom dashboard what challenges you had in meeting your goals using movement. I will respond with corrections, words of encouragement, or modifications. Because you will be typing in the classroom dashboard, your fellow classmates can offer support and advice, as well. Students will have interaction in the classroom dashboard.
Third week homework: Journal in the classroom dashboard what successes you have had in meeting your goals using movement. When are you using our techniques? How do they make you feel? Do you need a reminder to do them? You will be able to interact with your fellow classmates and see their successes and challenges and offer encouragement and get ideas for your own practice!
Fourth week homework: You are now an expert in Wake Your Brain! Your homework will be to teach your family a movement or a breath technique or a balance posture that really works for you. Ask them how they feel after practicing with you and journal about it on our classroom dashboard. Let's make a BIG list of all the ways Wake Your Brain works!
You just need a little bit of space and an open mind to try new things. Parent supervision is necessary to ensure safety during at-home exercise classes. Make sure no baby brothers or puppy dogs are in your space! Many students bring a water bottle and a yoga mat for the floor work. No special shoes required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
Make sure you have proper adult supervision for all exercising and that your space is clear of any obstacles.
Age-appropriate music used for educational purposes only.


Annika Russophysical therapist, ballet teacher, movement scientist, homeschool mama, adventurer, life-long learner
117 total reviews
89 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Ms Annika, and I am so excited to be learning with you. I love learning new things and meeting new people. I love hearing what makes you curious and wondering together about what the world could be like. Since both me and my three... 
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