Juggling and Reading

Illustrations by Donna Bain

Copyright 1991

The Eyes are very important in Learning to Juggle.

Studies show many children spend hours a day watching TV. Juggling moves the eyes around, creating much needed exercise

The two hemispheres of our brain are connected by a bridge of nerves. This is the way the two sides communicate with each other. We need an open flow of information to be shared by each hemisphere to achieve optimal learning.

The bridge of nerves which connect the brain hemispheres can become blocked, kind of like a stiff neck. When the bridge is blocked, often by stress, the student has difficulty learning and frustration is the result.

Juggling is one exercise that helps open the flow of information.

Each hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body.

Juggling requires using both hands on one task simultaneously.

If both hands are working in a coordinated effort, the hemispheres are also cooperating and there is a flow of information being shared across the bridge.

Neuro-linquistic programming states that when a person is looking downward they are in the kinesthetic, feeling state. This is a main reason why people look downward when they are depressed.

When juggling the person looks upward. Neuro-linquistic programming states that when a person looks upward they are in the visual state.

Looking up is one reason juggling is a good stress-buster: and a good warm-up for reading or test taking.

As in the illustration, readers can tend to favor their dominant eye, creating an imbalance of information flowing to each hemisphere. If the dominant eye goes to the nondominant hemisphere, the information needs to flow over the bridge, stress can stop the flow.

After doing crossing the midline exercises, a reader can naturally move to a centered position which enables the visual information to be processed in a more balanced way.

Warn the CAT!

Watch For FANS!

Give Yourself Plenty of Space for the Chaos

Enjoy the Chase!

Just about Everyone Needs to Walk Forward when Learning to Juggle.

Give Yourself Plenty of Space!


A block for many people is not tossing the third beanbag. They toss, toss, catch, catch but the third beanbag stays. They end up with the two beanbags in one hand- end of attempt.



Letting go creates CHAOS. At first you may feel out of control. That's good. Enjoy the uncertainty and look for the new connections. You need to go through some chaos to figure out any new skill. Have fun, laugh, things get better fairly quickly.