The Effects of Brain Gym Exercises on Letter Identification
Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
Children’s school readiness is being impacted by social transformations and the decline of physical activity (Strasberger, 2011). Several qualitativestudies support the positive effects of physical and Brain Gym (BG) exercises on cognitive functioning (Watson & Kelso, 2014) and potentially schoolreadiness. This quantitative study examined whether the outcomes of Pre-Kindergarteners who practice BG exercises before a letter identification assessmentdiffer from those of Pre-Kindergarteners who do not. The Treatment group had the biggest increase in the number of lowercase letters identified. Changes inthe number of uppercase letters identified varied by children’s school readiness. These results suggest that for some Pre-Kindergartners, their ability toidentify letters may be enhanced by performing BG exercises before a letter identification assessment.
Spear, Sara, "The Effects of Brain Gym Exercises on Letter Identification" (2019). M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Research Projects. 36.