The sound of catchy music, children’s laughter and dancing footsteps are emanating from many of the classrooms at Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD). Teachers and students are jumping, running in place, stretching, dancing and – believe it or not – they’re learning at the same time! Teachers-in-the-know are aware of the benefits of physical activity in the classroom. Brief exercise periods throughout the day keep students energized, focused and ready to learn.
But at HUSD, there’s an added incentive. A GoNoodle Breakfast of Champions contest is underway during the month of November, courtesy of Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and GoNoodle Plus. The school with the highest number of teachers playing GoNoodle Plus activities between now and December 1st will win a breakfast for their entire staff, lanyards for each teacher, and a sticker for every student.
Participating schools include Coyote Springs Elementary, Granville Elementary, Lake Valley Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Humboldt Elementary, Liberty Traditional School and Bright Futures Preschool.
GoNoodle is a robust suite of online games and activities designed by experts to engage students and enhance learning.
With the GoNoodle Plus sponsorship from YRMC, teachers have free access to the premium version, where they can input the material they are working on in their own classrooms. The games and activities can be customized to their specific curriculum or individual students’ needs. Teachers also have the option of choosing from hundreds of expertly curated math, spelling, ELA, science and social studies question sets. And that’s only the beginning.
Families can also access GoNoodle Plus free of charge from home. Parents, go to gonoodle.com to create an account and explore! While you’re at it, ask your child’s teacher if they’re using GoNoodle Plus in your child’s classroom and find out how you can coordinate with them to receive the customized material at home. Study time may soon become a lot more fun!
HUSD was recently awarded the Leaders for School Wellness Grant through the Arizona Department of Education. Grantees are given funding to support nutritious school meals and healthy living and nutrition education.
“To build a school environment that promotes healthy living, Humboldt Unified has chosen to focus on how we can increase physical activity with our students,” says Rebecca Kraxberger, Wellness Coordinator at HUSD, “Students who get adequate physical activity in their day tend to have better grades, remember what was taught in class, behave better, and miss less school time due to illness. GoNoodle Plus takes this up a notch!”
Kraxberger and the teachers and parents at Humboldt Unified recognize that everyone is a winner when they incorporate GoNoodle Plus into their daily routine, but the winners of the Breakfast of Champions will be announced on December 4th.
Happy GoNoodling to all, and good luck!