Stress can interfere with learning, and sadly, there are many children who deal with stress on a daily basis. Experts say EXCERCISE will help reduce stress in a child. As a mentor, how can you include exercise in your hour? If you have access to the gym at your school spend a few minutes in there kicking a soccer ball, throwing a football or shooting some hoops. If it's good weather take a walk around the playground together. Another option for indoor exercise is a game of balloon Ping-Pong. Simply make paddles out of paper plates and Popsicle sticks, blow up a balloon and you are ready to go! You can have some fun together AND reduce stress at the same time, which will help your child's brain get ready to learn!
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