Movement in My School In Motion begins with movement routines. A movement routine consists of a sequence of easy-to-learn steps and movement patterns that are set to an array of recommended songs. The combination of carefully thought out movement routines with the delivery of related nutrition, health and wellness messages make up the My School In Motion Daily Movement and Learning Plans (“Dailies”).
- The My School In Motion routines are designed so that every student, regardless of grade-level, fitness level, physical ability and experience can, and will, want to participate. Personal empowerment and success build self-esteem and make exercising fun.
- Routines and exercises are designed to develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility
- Rhythmic patterns increase coordination and enhance brain functioning
- Daily aerobic routines increase student heart rates
- Daily yoga improves flexibility, muscular strength and balance, and increases one’s ability to focus through breathing techniques
- Daily movement increases brain focus and functioning (crossing-the-midline, human orchestra, balancing poses, eagle and other exercises that incorporate focused breathing/touching body parts)
- Skill-based movements are incorporated into routines (e.g., jumping, hopping, leaping, underhand throw, dribbling)
- Fitness levels are increased through aerobic exercises, plyometrics, isometrics, yoga and other muscle conditioning and flexibility exercises
- Daily positive affirmation tied to movement empowers students and provides transition to indoor classroom
- Doing the exercises together promotes appreciation for individual differences. All students participate, including students with special needs.
- Student-created and student-led routines boost self-esteem and are very popular, empowering students and building empathy.
- Peer-to-peer relations: buddies move and learn together – both parties benefit; relationship that transcends the movement period.