How Is Your Engine Running?

Today I shared a story about my weekend. I was getting ready to come to school but I was running late. I shared how my body and brain were feeling when I got to school and I was rushed. Many of the kids could relate to having busy mornings and rushing to get to school on time. We connected back to the brain and introduced the “engine running” concept. I shared that my engine was running “high” and that I did some breathing to get myself back to “just right”. Even being outside on duty helped!

Each student has an “engine running” tool to use in the classroom. We will use it to build awareness of our brains and bodies.


We are also continuing ourĀ “brain habit” called CORE PRACTICE. This will help the children learn to regulate themselves during the day. With regular core practices, children learn to be more reflective than reactive when responding to stressors or anxiety. We want our “Wise Leader” the Pre-Frontal Cortex to be in control so our “Security Guard” the Amygdala doesn’t have to do all of the work!

You can help at home by having conversations about how your “engine” is running and asking your child about his or her “engine”. Model ways that you get your body feeling “just right”. Different techniques work for different people.

The Parts of the Brain

Today we began our journey into the world of mindfulness! One of our goals in Grade 1 is to learn not only to recognize when our bodies and brains are not calm, but to also learn what to do to keep our bodies calm and ready to learn! This mindfulness journey is one your child will be on throughout their entire life and I encourage all of my students’ families to join our class in this journey and practice being more mindful in our very busy world!

Today we learned about three parts of the brain! We looked at the poster below and at a video about how to make a brain with our hands. The song in the video posted at the end will remind us of these three parts of the brain and introduces the term Core Practice which is a breathing technique we will be using to help keep our brains and bodies calm and ready to learn.

The prefrontal cortex is the wise leader and helps us make decisions.
The amygdala is the security guard and keeps us safe.
The hippocampus is the memory saver and allows us to learn.