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Get every young child ready to learn--and support their social--emotional development-with these 70 fun, quick, and effective activities! Teachers of early childhood through Grade 3 will love this unique combination of SEL, mindfulness, and brain-friendly physical activity that promotes growth, development, and behavior management.

Designed to increase focus and nurture the essential skills every kid needs for social and academic success, the activities in this teacher-friendly book are a perfect complement to all of todays popular curricula. Theyre field-tested, easy to implement in as little as 15 minutes a day, and great for use in person or in the virtual classroom. When used throughout the school day, the Breathe-Move-Learn activities work fast-helping kids wake up, calm down, focus, or soothe anxious feelings. Easy-to-follow scripts, illustrations, and photos allow teachers to lead the activities without extensive prep work.

A must-have for all teachers from early childhood to elementary school, Breathe-Move-Learn activities will help kids develop the mental, physical, emotional and social skills to support a lifetime of learning.


Early childhood and elementary educators will:

  • Encourage mindfulness with breathing and sensory exercises that help kids calm down and get focused
  • Set the stage for learning with structured movements that support the brains function and resiliency
  • Strengthen social-emotional learning (SEL) with activities that support the CASEL Core Competencies
  • Build self-esteem and enthusiasm with short, uplifting messages to use each day
  • Reduce behavior challenges and make everyday classroom management easier
  • Promote academic achievement-field testing showed correlation with test score improvement


  • Focus and Concentration
  • Self-Management
  • Physical Fitness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being
  • Social Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Regulation
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Problem-Solving
  • Reduced Test Anxiety
  • Positive Attitude
  • Growth Mindset
  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Reduced Bullying

Marcia Lee Unnever (formerly Marcia Lee) 2224 Milton Court NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 Cell: 949-468-9841 E-mail: Website: EDUCATION California State University, Long Beach, California - post-graduate coursework in Reading Specialist Program, 45 units, 1971 - 1976 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona - Bachelors Degree in Education with Highest Distinction, Major in English, Minors in History and Latin, 1970 Educational Trainer, New Mexico Kids Trainer Registry Competency 1: Child Growth, Development, and Learning PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Teaching Educational Trainer, NM Trainer Registry, Reading Specialist, ADD/ADHD Consultant, Kids Focus Principal Trainer Solutions Without Drugs and Kids Focus, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010 - Current Founder of "Kids Focus" Founder of "Solutions Without Drugs," drug-free solutions for children Kids Focus Professional Development Workshops in NM and CA NMPED - 2020 Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness Project (NM Schools) Educational Support for children with ADD/ADHD behavior TEDxABQ Education Speaker, 2017 Radical Ideas in Education Build a Sharper Brain in Two Minutes Reading Specialist Kids Focus Tutoring+ - Reading, Writing, English, Study Skills combined with Kids Focus - Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008 - present Kumon Math & Reading Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007 - 2009 English Teacher and Reading Specialist Kraemer Middle School, Placentia Unified School District, Placentia, California, 1975-1977 Substitute Teacher, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk, California, 1972-1974 Vail Middle School, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona, 1970-1971 Technical Consulting Trainer Training Workshops on Independent Technical Consulting Sponsored by STC, Orange County, Los Angeles County, 1990-1995 Trained technical writers on how to establish and maintain independent technical writing consulting businesses; business and management skills; working with clients; supervising projects; how to maintain quality control. PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) March 2021 Early Childhood Conference - Nature Nurtures All Albuquerque, NM The Ultimate Preschool Workout - Movement, Mindfulness & Social Emotional Learning New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2020 Early Childhood Conference - All Are Welcome Here Albuquerque, NM Surprise: Social Emotional Learning Begins with Movement Native American Conference on Special Education Breaking Down Barriers, September 2019 Albuquerque, NM Caring for a Childs Body-Mind-Spirit Connection in the Classroom NMPED Inspire Journey to the Heart of Education Conference, May 2019 Albuquerque, NM Move Then Learn: How to Inspire Students to Give 100% Everyday New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2019 Early Childhood Conference - Beyond Labels - Envisioning the Strong Competent Child Albuquerque, NM Discover Each Childs Unique Learning Strengths and Support Social Emotional Development TEDxABQ ED Radical Ideas in Education April 1, 2017 Albuquerque, NM Build a Sharper Brain in Two Minutes New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2017 Early Childhood Conference - Pathways to Full Participation for All Albuquerque, NM Good-bye ADHD - Improving Early Childhood Behavior through Movement Head 2 to Toe Conference - New Mexico Department of Health April 2017 Albuquerque, NM Reducing Behavior and Learning Problems in the Classroom Using Movement NMCCS Conference - New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools 2017 Spring Conference Albuquerque, NM Build a Sharper Brain in Minutes - Brain-Based Movement for the Classroom Head 2 to Toe Conference - New Mexico Department of Health April 2016 Albuquerque, NM Movement, Not Medication: Reducing ADHD-Type Behavior Native American Conference on Special Education - Walking the Journey Together March 2016 Albuquerque, NM Good-bye ADHD! Hello Academic Success - Without Medication! Native American Conference on Special Education - Coming Full Circle March 2015 Albuquerque, NM Good-bye ADD/ADHD! Hello Kids Focus! Simple Movements to Help Kids Focus, Feel Calm, and be Self-Resilient Parents Reaching Out - Family Leadership Conference April 2015 Albuquerque, NM Want to See Kids Learn and Behave? Let em Move! New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2015 Early Childhood Conference - Create Selves, Expand Futures Albuquerque, NM Expressing, Experiencing, and Exploring Childhood Potential Using Movement Head 2 to Toe - New Mexico Department of Health April 2015 Albuquerque, NM Improving Student Health and Academic Success in Minutes Through Movement Parents Reaching Out - Family Leadership Conference April 2014 Albuquerque, NM Improving Challenging Behaviors and Academic Success through Movement in the Classroom and at Home - effective strategies to support parents in dealing with challenging behavior such as ADD/ADHD and learning challenges New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2014 Early Childhood Conference - Rethinking the 3Rs Albuquerque, NM Rethinking and Transforming the 3Rs through Movement - laying a solid foundation for learning, memory, relating, and self-regulation through movement New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), March 2013 Early Childhood Conference - Discovering the Hero Within Albuquerque, NM Spark the Hero Within - Through Movement: Effective, Practical Strategies for Classroom or Home Showing How to Use Simple Movements to Help Children Grow and Develop to Their Greatest Potential Childrens Success Foundation - Nurtured Heart Approach Global Summit June 2013 Albuquerque, NM Igniting the Nurtured Heart Approach Through Movement New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC), February 2012 Early Childhood Conference - Relationships: The Heart of Development Albuquerque, NM The Childs Relationship to Body and Brain: Self-Regulation Through Simple Movement and the Impact on Behavior, Development, Learning and ADHD International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry (ISEPP), October 2011 Conference - Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry: If We Dont Medicate, What Do We Do? Los Angeles, CA Childhood "ADHD" Behavior - The Neuroscience Behind Using Movement to Self-Regulate Instead of Medication Conferences Attended SAMHSA Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Writing a Winning & Competitive Grant Proposal - March, 2012 Conference Albuquerque, NM Technical Writing and Editing Freelance Copy Editor and Writer, Fullerton, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1999 - current Lee Consultants, Independent Technical Writing Consultant, Fullerton, California, 1983-1999 Founder, Owner, Senior Writer, Senior Editor, Project Manager Wrote user guides, training manuals, policies and procedures manuals, and technical manuals. Trained technical writers and editors. Supervised quality control on all documents. Clients included Experian (aka TRW), Walt Disney, ARCO, Southern California Gas Company, Bank of America, Pacific Mutual, Home Savings and Loan, PacifiCare, Security Pacific Bank, Johnson Controls, MAI Basic Four. MAI Basic Four, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1981-1982 Department Manager, Technical Writing Department Established and managed the technical writing department. Hired and trained a staff of technical writers, editors, and graphic artists. Produced in-house, national award-winning user guides, training manuals, and technical documentation. Professional Affiliations Approved Vendor - APS, RRPS, and CNM NAEYC, NMAEYC - Central NM Chapter NMIRA - New Mexico International Reading Association ISEPP - International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry SouthWest Writers, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007-2010 STC, Orange County, California - 1983-1999 NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) - 1983-1999 Vice-President, Los Angeles, California

Kids Focus Kids Focus Formula THE ACTIVE BRAIN HOW to USE in YOUR CLASSROOM Kids Focus Formula with SEL LESSON PLAN with SEL Kids Focus Formula with Your Curriculum LESSON PLAN with YOUR CURRICULUM Sample Lesson Plan with SEL or Your Curriculum Meeting Kids Needs and Timing STEP 1: BREATHE/Respira 16 Kids Focus Breathing and Sensory Exercises 16 #1 Check Inside/Revisa el Interior 20 #2 Balloon Belly Breathing/RespiraciOn del Vientre con Globo 21 #3 Scoop the Air and Push Up/Recoge el Aire y Empuja Hacia Arriba 22 #4 Trace Your Fingers/Traza tus Dedos 23 #5 Count to 5/Cuenta Hasta Cinco 24 #6 Breathe in the Flower - Blow Out the Candle/Huele la Flor - Sopla la Vela 25 #7 Breathe through the O/Respira a TravEs de la O 26 #8 Buzz Like a Bee-Hiss Like a Snake/Zumba Como Una Abeja-Sisea Como Una Serpiente 27 #9 Breathe Like a Sleeping Bear/Respira Como Un Oso Dormido 28 #10 The Slider/El Deslizador 29 #11 Seeing - Find Something Green/Vidente - Encuentra Algo Verde 30 #12 Smelling - Smell the Orange/Oliendo - Huele la Naranja 30 #13 Touching - Use your Hands/Tocand/ - Usa Tus Manos 31 #14 Hearing - Listen to My Bicycle Horn Escuchando - Escucha la Bocina de mi Bicicleta..31 #15 Tasting - Taste Your Favorite Ice Cream/Probando - Prueba tu Helado Favorito..32 #16 Countdown - All 5 Senses/Cuenta Regresiva - Los Cinco Sentidos 33 #17 Palms on the Eyes/Cubre tus Ojos.34 STEP 2: MOVE/MUEVETE 35 Kids Focus Brain-based Movements35 A - Pick a Tap and a Stretch .36 Elige Un Golpecito y Un Tramo...36 #1 Healthy Taps/Golpecitos Sanos 38 #2 Wake Up Taps/Gopecitos para Despertar 39 #3 Stretch in All Directions-Sunbeams in Your Belly/ Estira en Todas Direcciones/Rayos de Sol en Tu Vientre 40 #4 Push Up Sky, Push Down Earth/ Empuja El Cielo Hacia Arriba, Empuja La Tierra Hacia Abajo 42 #5 Crocodile Arms/Los Brazos de Cocodrilo 44 #6 Eagle Wings/Las Alas del Aguila45 B - Pick Cross-Lateral Movements/Elige Movimientos Laterales Cruzados 47 #1 Wash Me Off/LAvame 50 #2 Cross Lifts/Los Elevadores Cruzados..51 #3 Elephant Trunk Loops and Stomps/Los Bucles de Trompa de Elefante y Pisa Fuerte.52 #4 Energy Ball/La Pelota de EnergIa 53 #5 Fly Like the Crane/Vuela Como Una Grulla 54 #6 X-Ray Brain Booster/Refuerzo Cerebral de Rayos X 55 #7 Skeleton Shake and Freeze/Sacude el Esqueleto y Congelate 56 #8 Milkshake Laughter/Licuado de Risa 57 #9 Walk the Tightrope and Spiral Walking/Caminar por la Cuerda Floja y Caminar en Espiral 58 #10 Lion Roars in the Jungle/LeOn Ruge en La Jungla .59 #11 Mirror Image Tracing/Rastreo de Imagen en el Espejo 60 C- Pick a Song to March or Dance/Elige Una Cancion Para Bailar o Marchar 61 My Favorite CDs - Marching/Canciones Favoritas para Marchar .61 My Favorite CDs - Dancing/Canciones Favoritas para Bailar .62 STEP 3: LEARN/APRENDE.63 Kids Focus Social Emotional Learning or Your Curriculum 63 Kids Focus Social Emotional Learning64 SEL Presentation Format 65 My SEL Lesson Road Map 65 Kids Focus SEL Topics .66 #1 3 Good Things/Tres Cosas Buenas72 #2 Anger Burst/ExplosiOn de Ira74 #3 Build Our Community/Construir Nuestra Comunidad 76 #4 Caring for Animals/Cuidando a los Animales78 #5 Change/Cambio 80 #6 Connected to Nature/Conectado con la Naturaleza 83 #7 Cozy Cave/La Cueva Acogedora 86 #8 Fish Pond of Feelings/El Estanque de Peces de Sentimientos 89 #9 Friends/Los Amigos .91 #10 Gifts from Earth, Sky, and Ocean/Los Regalos de la Tierra, el Cielo, y el OcEano 93 #11 Gratitude - The Glad Tree/Gratitud - El Arbol Alegre 95 #12 Healthy Brain & Body 1 - 2/Cerebro y Cuerpo Sanos 1- 2 98 #13 Healthy Brain & Body 3 - 4/Cerebro y Cuerpo Sanos 3 - 4 100 #14 Healthy Brain & Body 5 - 6/Cerebro y Cuerpo Sanos 5 - 6 102 #15 Just Like Me Inside/Como Yo Por Dentro..104 #16 Little Wonders/Las PequeNas Maravillas 106 #17 Magic Hat/El Sombrero MAgico 108 #18 Make a Wish/Pide Un Deseo.110 #19 Mind Garden/El JardIn de la Mente 112 #20 New Eyes/Los Ojos Nuevos 114 #21 Peaceful Forest/El Bosque Tranquilo 116 #22 Quiet/Tranquilo 119 #23 Socks/Los Calcetines 121 #24 Summer Food/La Comida de Verano 123 #25 Summer Sports/Los Deportes de Verano 125 #26 Thanksgiving/AccIon de Gracias127 #27 Thank You Note/La Nota de Agradecimiento 129 #28 THINK Kindness/Piensa Amablamente132 #29 Who Will I Be?/?QuiEn SerE Yo?135 #30 Wonderful You/Maravilloso Tu137 #31 Worry Channel/El Canal de PreocupaciOn140 #32 Your Inner Wisdom - The Tortoise/Tu SabidurIa Interior - La Tortuga.143 #33 Zoo Mind/La Mente de ZoolOgico145 Daily Messages .148 Smile/SonrIe .150 Shine/Brilla 150 Wonderful Me/Maravilloso Yo/Maravillosa Yo 151 INDEX 152

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