Don’t you know that being active everyday actually feeds up your brain? Find out from the video below what exercises can do for your brain fitness. Once you know, I bet you won’t miss any of your daily wiggles! Your homeroom as well as PE teachers have put up links and sites for brain breaks or exercise routines. So, what are you waiting for? Stop sloughing, get up and start to wiggle!
Crossing the Midline
Our brain is divided into two halves- they are called hemisphere. Each half (right and left) have slightly different jobs.
The left side of our brain controls the right side of the body and responsible for tasks like speaking, writing, analyzing and using reasoning. The right side of the body on the other hand controls the left side of the body and is responsible for creativity, imagination, music and art.
However, the two halves of your brain don’t work independently of each other. They constantly communicate between each other in order to function properly. The researchers and practitioners believed that many of learning and behavior problems are caused by something called “disintegration”- in other words, the different parts of the brain are not working together. They are out of sync. They don’t communicate well with each other. So what can we do in order to get our whole brain working together properly? One of the way we can do is with activities of crossing the midline.
The body’s midline is an imaginary line down the center of the body that divides the body into left and right.
Crossing the midline is the ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms and legs. It requires the right and left sides of the brain to communicate across the thick band of nerve fibers in the middle of our brain.
To be able to co-ordinate both sides of our body, we need to be able to cross the imaginary line. The more these two sides communicates the stronger the connection becomes and the easier for the brain to process and manage all information and tasks that need to be done in life.
Crossing the body’s midline is believed to be the key to other developmental milestones like fine and gross motor skills, reading and writing as well as attentional and emotional regulation.
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Other videos to practice crossing our body’s midline are available below.