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Creating active learning opportunities can be as grand or simple as you make them. 

Research shows that children who get regular physical activity experience improvements not just in their fitness levels but in their brain function, too. Beginning the day with a bike, walking to school, or moving before starting schoolwork at home can lead the brain to learn. It makes sense as children need to move more. They are better positioned to succeed at home or in the classroom when they do. 

Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories For Active Learning

This book, by Nicki Giegert, can energize your classroom with lively literacy lessons based on more than seventy (70) popular children’s books! Enhance literacy skills, bring the magic of an excellent book to the classroom, and encourage active, healthy lifestyles in young children with Read! Move! Learn! 

Further, this book has more than 150 active stories for active learning experiences based on popular kid’s books. Apart from the activities for each featured children’s book, you will find lesson objectives, theme connections, a concept list, a vocabulary list, related kid’s books, and music for hours of fun inside your classroom!

A few of the kid’s books included are:

  • Barn Dance
  • Color Dance
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • I’m a Little Teapot
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do
  • Quick as a Cricket
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

On the other hand, shop for Nicki’s book online. Order two (2) of her books, and the shipping and handling will be a total of $10 only, including a free book bag, for shipping and handling discount orders directly from Nicki. Visit her web page now!

Book Reviews

“EXCELLENT resource for teachers! I use this book as a text for a college class I teach (children’s literature). The teachers in my class have found this an invaluable resource. The lessons are easy and make learning through movement fun! The book is particularly valuable to daycare, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-grade teachers. Teachers own most of the books, and they can be easily found at bookstores or online.” – Ann.

“Thoroughly kid friendly and classroom compatible.” – The Midwest Book Review.

“…This book is packed with creative ideas for classrooms.” – Childhood Education Magazine.

Who Is Nicki Geigert?

Nicki Collins Geigert has worked in education for more than forty years. She has led workshops for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and many national and regional early childhood organizations. She is an early childhood motor development consultant.

Nicki Collins Geigert lives in Carlsbad, California.

On the other hand, when Nicki is not busy writing her book, she travels a lot as she is also a landscape, Travel, Adventure, Fine art, and nature photographer. What separates Nicki from the other photographers is that she likes to get up close and personal to seize candid moments of life. She hopes to keep writing books and articles and traveling the world to share with others. You are also encouraged and invited to sign up for a tour of Magical Madagascar by going to her web page. For Nicki, it is not about the photos but rather the experience of capturing a moment in time, documenting behaviors and cultures quickly disappearing from our earth. In her travels worldwide, Nicki has photographed unique places, wildlife, and long-forgotten peoples and their cultures. 

Take Actions

Indeed, creating active learning opportunities can be as simple or grand as you make them. Active learning is just as important whether in the classroom, studying, or spending time as a family at home. One must understand that all children need regular physical activity! It is essential, especially for children with special needs to be included in activities that improve physical fitness. Variations and modifications of movements and exercises should be offered to kids to create learning conditions that are respectful and welcoming to all abilities. Adapted physical activities will ensure that children learn and achieve success at their own pace, regardless of physical limitations or fitness level.