Best Times for Classroom Brain Breaks in Pre-K & Kindergarten

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As early childhood teachers, we may hear a lot about brain breaks but do we know why they are important for our students (and us)? Brain breaks provide a way to reset our body and our brains after we have been sitting for a while or doing something that has had us focused. They are also a tool that can help students know when a transition is coming. Keep reading to find out some of the best times to use classroom brain breaks in Pre-K & Kindergarten!

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Brain breaks are a great tool for teachers and we're sharing the best times to use classroom brain breaks in Pre-K & Kindergarten!

Best Times for Classroom Brain Breaks in Pre-K & Kindergarten

For teachers, brain breaks can be a helpful tool in our teacher toolboxes, BUT you may be wondering, “When are the best times to use them?” Below are my favorite times to use brain breaks and why they make a difference!

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Before Circle Time

The first time I like to use brain breaks is BEFORE Circle Time begins. I use them as a way to help the students transition into this important learning time. This “reset” helps kids prepare to focus and when we do this routinely, they are ready and know that when we’re done it’s time for them to sit, listen, and learn.

Use brain breaks as a way to help students transition into Circle Time.

During Circle Time (As Needed)

The second time is in the MIDDLE of Circle Time. If we need just a bit more time but I notice that student attention is fading, I will throw in a brain break to help them get their wiggles out, move their bodies, and reset themselves before we continue on. I use this one only as needed. You may find yourself relying on this more at the beginning of the year as you are helping students build their stamina to sit.

After Circle Time

The third time is AFTER Circle Time ends. This is a great way for students to reset their minds and bodies and be prepared for the transition that follows Circle Time. Once again, if you do this routinely, the students know that this brain break is their signal for a transition.

Brain breaks are a great way to help students prepare for the transition that follows Circle Time.

Brain Breaks are an effective tool to use with your students and they can be a fun way to help them reset their attention to what you want them to focus on!

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