“Grab your towels and your stools! It’s time for NeuroNet!” This is what you hear the Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade teachers at Advent announce to their classes every day. The students enthusiastically gather their towels and their stools, head to a self-space in the classroom, and follow along with the NeuroNet leader on the big screen. “I love NeuroNet because it’s fun to lie on the floor and jump off the stools in the classroom,” says one Pre-K student.
This research-based program is designed to wake up children’s brains for a day full of learning. The program combines movement, hand/eye coordination, fluency practice, math, and even handwriting, while encouraging independent learning and self-evaluation.
The 20-minute program, used daily in Advent classrooms, continues to challenge the students each week with the addition of new motor or cognitive skill exercises. In Pre-kindergarten, a typical NeuroNet lesson includes movement exercises, songs, vision block practice of color phrases and number sets, and air-writing. At the conclusion of each lesson, we complete a piece of a puzzle for that particular level. One student says, “my favorite part about NeuroNet is seeing the puzzle when we’re done.” Advent adopted NeuroNet in 2015 for its Pre-K. In August 2016, kindergarten joined in, and beginning this semester, first grade has also jumped on board. The kids love it!