Brain breaks, what does it mean?04 Jul 2020
It was when my son started going to elementary school in Canada in October 2020 that I noticed he had lots of breaks during his school days; two short breaks and another longer one. This made me wonder about why are breaks so important in the education system especially that I have studied and lived in the other part of the world (Lebanon, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates) where the school breaks were less in frequency and shorter in length.
As a therapist, I understand very well the importance of giving the children lots of breaks during their learning and their therapy intervention, however, I wanted to understand more about the science behind it so I searched the topic of breaks and brain breaks and thought to share here a brief summary of my research.
Did you know that without brain breaks learning cannot happen well? Did you know that brain breaks increase, creativity, productivity and social skills? Children need plenty of breaks during their day in order for them to be productive. They need to rest, engage in unstructured play and/or in physical activity with others; during this time their brain is not on a "sleep mode", doing nothing. On the contrary it is a time for the brain to consolidate the information and create the connections. During brain breaks, children learn to use their imagination, they learn to be creative and they develop social skills through their interactions with other kids.
So finally, I am personnaly convinced that children need more break time and less of "conventional learning" time to grow into better learners and thinkers.