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Monkey bars can help teach reading skills? Yes. Students who use the monkey bars in the Brain Room at RVES learn the concept of moving their hands from left to right, just like how their eyes move when reading.

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First grade students have a lot of energy. A lot of energy.

What they probably don't know, though, is that their excess energy is helping them learn.


"They have a lot of energy, and they need a way to release that energy in a productive way," said Riverview Elementary School first grade teacher Julie Auge.

And that's why, when her class doesn't have phy ed or music, Auge often takes them to the school's Brain Room.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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