The Foundations Series is appropriate for our youngest students participating in Get Ready to Learn, preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It is also appropriate for students with developmental delays and motor immaturity. The series helps students to build stamina for staying calm and quiet, while addressing very basic foundational skills. If you are working with students who are developmentally very young, and struggling to complete Phase 1 in the Floor sequence, consult your facilitator about implementation of the Foundation Series.
Floor Sequences are appropriate for most students participating in Get Ready to Learn. The Floor Sequences help students to build foundational skills and brain-body connections much more deeply than in the seated sequences. Many of our students (even those who are typically developing) come to school lacking these essential connections.
Seated Sequences are appropriate for students with mobility issues, and students in community schools where space precludes participation in the Floor Sequences. We do not recommend using the Seated Sequences with students on the autism spectrum, as the research demonstrates the benefits of the Floor Sequences for these students.
Classroom Breaks Series
Classroom Breaks Sequences are intended to be used as a supplemental resource to the Get Ready to Learn program. Classroom Breaks can be consistently scheduled into the school day (after a large transition or lunch, before dismissal etc.) or can be utilized on an as needed basis. Classroom Breaks DO NOT serve as a replacement for daily Get Ready to Learn practice.
Music Resources are available to further enhance your Get Ready to Learn experience. We suggest you limit your use of the Circle of Song example to less than two weeks, fading that support as soon as the adults in the room are familiar with the melody. The Circle of Song is more effective when it is personalized to student names and/or experiences.
The GRTL Soundtrack is a powerful auditory cue for transitions in and out of the program. It can also be used to facilitate other short, silent breaks in the classroom. We do not recommend that you play the Get Ready to Learn soundtrack all day, as it will quickly become something students and adults tune out, and may lose it’s significance.