Boosting your brain power

Fiteracy programs encourage movement to boost brain chemicals and also learning to boost brain pathways. One of the researchers Fiteracy Facilitators investigate is Dr John Ratey and his research into exercise and the brain.

12 ways to boost your brain power:

Other articles by John Ratey

March at little BIG fitness

Every month, I will add the fiteracy theme and an outline of the lesson plans for that block. As we progress through the theme, I will post pictures of what the kids are doing. Because they are awesome!


SESSION 1: (Demo)

WELCOME: Parachute welcome & introduce selves.


Book building: the ME book. Make a cover for your book. Write your name on the cover. You can decorate the cover however you like- you can draw or stick favorite things, use glitter or stickers, draw or stick a face. You can START this in class and finish it at home.

Hand: draw around your hand. Write what it is and how old you are. What can you do with your hands? Can you wave? Can you spread your fingers wide or close your hand into a fist? What are your hands good for? Eating? Picking up interesting things? Pass your books around so everyone can see them.


0 -2yo: practice rolling a ball to and from another baby say each babies name when you are going to roll to them. This will help develop fine motor skills, eye tracking, recognition of name and sharing concepts.

2-5 years old: practice throwing and catching a ball in pairs.

SONG: ‘dem bones. Head, shoulders knees & toes.

BOOK: the nice book.

HOMEWORK: Stick or draw a picture of you in your book & decorate it. Write your name.


WELCOME: Parachute welcome. Show & tell homework, pass around your books.

Feet. Draw around your feet & decorate the picture. What can you use your feet for? Can you kick a ball? Can you stand on your feet? Can you stand on one foot? Can you wiggle your toes? Lets do this little piggy/ puppy. Can you kick a ball?


0-2yo: parents help children kick a ball to each other, taking turns & saying each persons name as you kick the ball.

2-5yo: kick the ball to each other in pairs. Try to kick the ball to each other from your dots to the finish line marker.

SONGS: dem bones. Head, shoulders knees & toes.


HOMEWORK: What are a few of your favorite things? Draw or stick pictures in your book of some of your favorite things (food, activities, objects, colours, whatever YOU like). Write and say the names of these things.

Session 3:

WELCOME: Parachute welcome. Show & tell homework, pass around your books.

FACES: draw a face- what things have you got on your face & what can you do with them. Where are your eyes? Can you roll your eyes & look side to side? Look up and down? What about your mouth- what can you do with your mouth? Can you- eat? Poke out your tongue? Chomp! Where is your nose? What does your nose do? Can you wiggle your nose? Can you make a funny face? Can you waggle your head from side to side? Can you roll your head?

BOOK: Grumpy Gertie.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Ball skills- basketball.

Line up on dots to start. One child holds the ‘net’ and another throws ball into the net, parents help younger children.


Session 4:

WELCOME: Parachute welcome. Show & tell homework, pass around your books.

BODIES: draw a BODY- what things have you got on your body & what can you do with them? Where are your arms? Can you wave your arms or do arm circles- can you flap your arms like a bird? Can you bend them? What about your legs- what can you do with your legs? Can you swing them back & forth and side to side? Can you you’re your knees? Can you jump and hop? Can you run and walk? What about your middle? Can you circle your hips or wiggle them from side to side? Can you twist? Can you bend? Can you put it all together and do a wiggly dance?

BOOK: Giraffes Can’t Dance.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Lets dance! Shake a tail-feather!

SONGS: ‘Dem Bones. Head, Shoulders Knees & Toes. Shake a Tail-feather.


Welcome to little BIG fitness.

At little BIG fitness, my aim is to foster early literacy and language skills and promote family health and attachment in a creative, supportive and low anxiety environment.

Who my classes cater for? 

I cater to families with small children and adults of every age.

Why I have created Little Big?

This is an opportunity for EVERY BODY to benefit from safe and effective exercise in a low anxiety setting, which will help you reap the benefits for body and mind alike. Little BIG fitness is about long-term health benefits, rather than a quick fix.

About Joanne Turner

My own history consists of a long list of studies, which has led to combining my interests and talents into Little Big fitness.

But my most life changing experience is being a Mum, and as such, I know how hard it is to make time to lead a healthy life, how important and sometimes challenging being a role model is, and how flat out exhausting, rewarding, exhilarating and amazing an experience it is. The combination of all my skills makes me passionate about sharing my own experience and knowledge with others, and to help EVERY BODY to participate in a creative, safe and effective exercise and learning environment.

What makes my classes unique?

Fiteracy graduate to Fiteracy Facilitator

During the early years of my son’s life I enrolled in a program that encouraged a creative approach to health and learning for my son whilst also allowing me to get my fitness back.

This program was called the Baby Fiteracy program, which assisted my son to develop a love for creativity and taught me about the benefits of low anxiety learning environments.

Step forward 3 years, and Little Big is the first approved facilitator to deliver Fiteracy concepts to other families in the Sunshine Coast area.

I chose to deliver Fiteracy through fitness and art whilst other facilitators may chose music or healthy eating, but the beauty is we all now work as a team of passionate parents delivering our own children’s health programs

Fiteracy programs aim to support parents and carers in their role of being their child’s greatest teacher and also link all movement activities to early language development.

What do classes that include FITERACY feature?

Classes that include Fiteracy teaching tools will involve parents and carers being involved in drawing, reading and movement activities with their children.

We give you the tools to help you and your child flourish.

Qualifications & currencies

Fiteracy Facilitator (currently in training).

Cert III in Fitness (2013)

First Aid Certificate (current)

Blue Card (current)

Cert IV Training and Assessment (2011)

Bachelor of Arts: Visual Art (2009)

Cert III, IV & Diploma of visual arts in both painting and ceramics (1999- 2005)

Registered nursing (1992).

Joanne is also a registered member of Fitness Australia (registration no. 082688) and as such partakes in continual professional development activities.