Division 6

  • Focus Time

    When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.

  • Downtime

    When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge. Downtime is an unplanned activity that can lead us to many different opportunities. It could happen between activities like when we are waiting for the next class to start or waiting in the line up at the bank. Downtime is particularly useful when we have come to frustration about something. It leads to creativity and insight. Whatever was the cause of the frustration is solved.      

  • Physical Time

    In addition to physical health benefits, physical activity also improves cognition, brain function and mental health.   How much physical time is needed to maintain brain function and mental health? Sweat – 60 minutes daily Step – several hours daily Sit – less than two hours Sleep – 9 to 11 hours How can we follow though on these guidelines at home? Yoga Ballet at Home Level 1/2 Ballet with Heather Foster from Arts Umbrella on Vimeo. YMCA or just a good old fashioned dance party! Start making your best day…..click the image to get started. I hope you enjoy these resources to get your brain and body healthy! Ms.…

  • Sleep Time

    When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.     One Breath Relaxation from Mindmasters. Listen to this as you are laying down in a quiet space.   Click the link for more fun facts and games about sleep. http://sleepforkids.org/html/cycles.html  

  • Healthy Mind Platter – Playtime

    When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain. Adults also benefit from play as it makes the brain younger, relieves stress, and improves relationships and connections to other.   According to Bob Hughes, (play theorist in the UK) there are 16 types of Play. Below are a few examples.                     Division 6 – This week, write a comment or send me a photo of how you got your daily intake of playtime. Fun activities: Vancouver Public Library is doing a bookface contest until May 11th. See example: Lunch…

  • Connecting Time

    When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry. Think of 3G 2P – Generosity, Gratitude and Giving back – People and Planet This week, write a comment or send me a photo of how you got your daily intake of Connecting Time. anna.aquila@burnabyschools.ca  

  • Healthy Mind Platter

    Hello Families, I would like to share the Healthy Mind platter by Dr. Dan Seigel and David Rock. It is a great way to get the essentials that the brain needs daily. Watch the video for an explanation and click the image of the platter to get more information.   https://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/healthy_mind_platter/