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We all know movement is important for physical and emotional health, especially for kids. Yet only one in three children are physically active every day, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.  At the same time, kids in the U.S. ages 0 to 8 spend over 2 hours a day with screens!  Our kids are more inactive and spending more time with technology than ever before.

To help get more kids moving this summer, GoNoodle is launching GoNoodle GoSummer and challenging kids to achieve 15 million minutes of movement and mindfulness by playing GoNoodle!  

GoNoodle GoSummer - New How To videos all summer long! - YouTube

When we hit this collective goal, we’ll unlock a brand new GoNoodle Champ for students to enjoy when they head back to school!  GoNoodle Champs are characters with wildly different personalities that encourage kids to stay active to grow and succeed. 

“Like many parents, I think technology can be a great tool for my kids to learn and be entertained. However, it can sometimes be a struggle to manage screen time to ensure my kids get enough active time moving their bodies, playing and interacting in the real world,” said KC Estenson, CEO at GoNoodle.  “Our GoNoodle GoSummer ‘15 Million Minutes of Movement and Mindfulness’ Challenge will help turn screen time into active time by getting kids moving and mindful while they are out of school for the summer.”

Join the 15 million minutes challenge and get moving with GoNoodle GoSummer! It starts May 27th and runs all summer long. GoNoodle GoSummer features new videos every week that will show kids how-to do new things like How To Spin A Basketball On Your Finger and How To Make PB&J Tacos!

Play for free by visiting GoNoodle.com or downloading the free app for iOS, Android, Apple TV, or Roku!

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Summer break is almost here which has kids jumping for joy and parents thinking about how they are going to fill those long summer days.  We’re here to help with GoNoodle GoSummer, a fun & free way to beat summer boredom and keep your kids active!

GoNoodle GoSummer - New How To videos all summer long! - YouTube

GoNoodle GoSummer is programming specially developed for kids to play at home and includes an all-new How To! channel to keep kids learning all summer long.  The new how-to videos are 2-7 minutes in length and show kids how to do things from card tricks to making slime. Ranging in content and complexity, the videos appeal to kids’ varying interests and skills.  With 2 new videos all summer long, there is always something new to try!

Families can move and have fun together every week this summer with a new GoNoodle House Party!  GoNoodle House Parties are hosted by GoNoodle characters who compete in ridiculous challenges and move along to favorite GoNoodle videos.  Join us every week for new hosts, new videos, and new challenges on the party wheel! 

To create excitement for GoNoodle GoSummer, we’re challenging kids to achieve 15 Million Minutes of Movement and Mindfulness!  When we hit this collective goal, we’ll unlock a brand new GoNoodle Champ for classrooms during back to school! 

GoNoodle GoSummer is the perfect way to get kids up and moving while they’re out of school for the summer.  It starts May 27th and runs all summer long.

Play for free by visiting GoNoodle.com or downloading the free app for iOS, Android, Apple TV, or Roku!

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and the GoNoodle Team wants to remind you to celebrate someone very special: YOURSELF! We know (and definitely appreciate) how hard you work and how much love and care you put into your work every single day. We also know how hard it can be to give yourself all the love and and self-care, you need and deserve every single day. Research and resources like this article have shown how important self-care is, especially for teachers. In many ways, we can only truly care for others if we care for ourselves.

Below are some quick tips for self-care. We hope you take some time this week (and every week) to take care of YOU!

  • Rest Up! Although at times it seems impossible, getting enough sleep ( at least 7 hours), is critical for your physical and mental health. To help set the tone for a good night’s sleep do something small to make your bedroom a restful, calming environment; try a calming, comforting scent or pajamas or sheets you love.
  • Be Mindful and in the Moment: Appreciate the here and now and put aside the past and future. Meditation and mindfulness for just a few minutes a day can greatly decrease stress and anxiety.
  • Forget Guilt and Forgive Yourself: Don’t feel guilty about or dwell on mistakes you may have made. Show yourself the same generosity and forgiveness you show others.
  • Plan a Date… With Yourself! Even if it’s for just a few minutes, try and make time for yourself everyday: take a walk; do something you love; call a friend just to chat,  or splurge on a coffee you can’t make at home. Even the smallest acts can help you recharge, reset and feel happier throughout the day.
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As educators, parents, and veterans of the kids’ media world, we at GoNoodle know how important it is to feel that your children are in good hands when you put a device in their hands. At GoNoodle, we firmly stand by our commitment to create content that makes screen time safe, smart, fun, engaging, and of course, activates kids minds and bodies.

All GoNoodle videos are created by a team of experienced designers, educators, and child development, movement and dance specialists. When your child is playing GoNoodle, you can feel confident that she’s in a safe, secure environment; we have no in-app purchases or links to other sites. And with everything from dance and yoga, to hip-hop and sports, GoNoodle has videos that appeal to kids of different ages and their varying interests. Every dance party, yoga video or breathing exercise is an opportunity for kids to wake up their bodies, engage their minds, and have a blast.

We will continue to carry out our pledge to make screen time “active time” and to help kids become their healthiest, happiest, and “bestest” selves. And we offer the tips and tricks below to help you navigate your child’s’ technology and media and ensure that your family’s screen time is safe, smart, and of course, fun!

GoNoodle’s Tips and Tricks for Safe and Smart Screen Time:

Find the Good Stuff! Ask other parents and even older kids for app and website recommendations. And of course, ask your child’s teachers! Teachers are some of GoNoodle’s biggest fans (we are trusted and used by over 600,000 teachers), and they’re sure to have other great recommendations for their favorite kids’ apps and websites. You can also check trusted resources like Common Sense Media for descriptions, ratings, recommendations, and reviews.

Put the TIME into Screen Time!
Giving kids time limits for screen time before and during screen time is crucial. Whether you set parental controls on a device, use a timer, or give warnings and end points, it is critical that kids have a concrete sense of when they must put down their screens. And given kids’ concrete sense of time and their needs for predictable and relatable goals, make sure you tell your kids before they start playing, and put it in relatable terms. For example, tell them they can watch one more GoNoodle video, or that screen time is over when a specific show is done.  

Make Screen Time Family Time
These days, screen time is a go-to “babysitter” for parents to do everything from a few minutes of work to making dinner. But screen time can also be a great way for families to have fun and spend some much needed time together. Have a GoNoodle dance party, watch a show from when you were young, or play a game together. Taking the time to show your kids that you want to do what they like to do, shows them how much you love and care about them, (all while making them laugh as you dance and play together).

Check out GoNoodle on iOS, Android, Apple TV, or any web browser!

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Celebrate Read Across America Day with your students as you dance, sing, and move to these videos related to reading and literacy:

Read with Expression: You can dance like a robot, but don’t read like one! Students can practice reading fluency with this video filled with silly, dramatic sentences.

(And don’t forget these other Blazer Fresh ELA videos: Clap it Out; I Use a CommaWizard of Words; and By, Bye, Buy!)

What, When, Where: Dance and sing about the 5 W’s with this hilarious video.

Tune in to Your World: Help students “think like a writer,” and pay close attention to the sounds around them. After the video, student can write about some of the sounds they heard.

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In honor of African American History Month, we at GoNoodle, are honoring prolific African American dancers who have accomplished some amazing things. Each week of February, we will feature an “Inspirational Dancer of the Week,” on our social media channels, and we are offering this packet which includes facts, inspiring quotes, and a writing prompt to help students write about and reflect on their own lives and accomplishments.

The GoNoodle videos below can also be used throughout February to encourage students to think about their heritage and focus on themes and concepts related to African American History Month:

We are Blazer Fresh: Dance along with Blazer Fresh as they share their histories, and encourage students to think about their own stories.

Own Your Power: Help students recognize their inner power and strength.

Speak Up: Follow in the footsteps of many heroes and figures who spoke up for their beliefs and rights.

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Your students can celebrate the Superbowl GoNoodle style with this free downloadable, “GoNoodle Super Bowl Challenge!” Send the challenge home to get students and their families cheering, singing, dancing, moving and of course, GoNoodling during the Super Bowl! And try some of these super Super Bowl themed videos throughout the week:

Victory Dance: Follow along with this victory dance, then make your own class victory dance to celebrate class and student accomplishments with this Learning Extension.

Be a Team Player: The Super Bowl (or any sporting event) provides a perfect opportunity to take a quiet moment to be mindful of and discuss the importance of teamwork.

Cheerleader: Cheer on your favorite team, a fellow student, or the whole class with this KidzBop Fav!

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Your students can learn about and honor Dr. Martin Luther King with these mindfulness videos and learning extensions which focus on activities and convictions inspired by Dr. King’s legacy, beliefs, and actions:

Speak UpEncourage students to speak up for themselves and share their ideas, just as Dr. King did in the most important ways.

Release Your Warrior : Talk with students about what it means to be a true warrior like Dr. King, who showed tremendous strength, compassion, and courage. Students can reflect on how they have been warriors with this Writing Prompt.

Help Others: Inspire students to help others in small and big ways, and then use this Writing Prompt to help them reflect on a time that they helped someone.

Own Your Power: Energize Students as they channel their inner power and strength to stand up for what they believe in.

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