Sensory Modulation Breaks for Homework Time!
Does your child hate homework? Struggle with getting homework done? Is it hard to get your child to focus, settle down, have enough energy? This is a fun way to give sensory breaks during homework time. These are 1 - 2 minute breaks designed to raise or lower your child's energy or arousal level, and increase focus. There are 3 zones:
Blue = Too Low
Green = Just Right
Red = Too High
If your child is low energy, unfocused, and has poor posture - move the chart to the blue zone. Then your child can pick a blue card that has a fun 2 minute activity. Your child can then return to their homework and try to stay in the green zone. The visual chart shows them that the green zone = Calm, focused, good posture, eyes on paper, and listening to any instruction. If your child seems more hyper, unfocused, has difficulty settling down and seems wiggly, then move the chart to the red zone. No problem - just draw a fun, red card and do a 2 minute sensory break designed to help your child get back into the green zone. Eventually your child can learn the skills needed to be in the green zone, and what it means to "sit down and do your homework". Also, the child should be able to actually do homework faster and more focused, when learning to self monitor the skills needed to stay in the green zone.
A FUN way of working through the homework battle. This kit includes the chart, 27 red cards to pick from to modulate down, and 33 blue card to pick from to modulate energy level and focus up. The kit also includes 60 more animal cards to make your own!
Be an alert tiger, a calm whale. Have fun!
To set up, print the chart in color. Make a velcro arrow to point to the correct zone. Instructions included.
Print the cards. Cut and glue onto popsicle sticks. Put into a flower pot, can, box, etc. Have your child pick blue or red cards depending on the need at the time.
These have been used in a clinic setting with small groups - and the students love the random breaks. They usually come back focused!
Designed by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR - The Fine Motor Store.
Jan has 150 plus products for handwriting, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory modulation skills, etc.