Learn by using colors

Learn by using colors

I have learned that teaching kids using different colors, has helped them retain the information better.  Using this technique along with movement makes learning easier.  In the NCBI article at the end of the paragraph, it states:

“Colour helps us in memorizing certain information by increasing our attentional level.  The role played by colour in enhancing our attention level is undisputable (,). The more attention focused on certain stimuli, the more chances of the stimuli to be transferred to a more permanent memory storage (). As stated earlier, colours have the potential to attract attention. Farley and Grant (), were among the earliest who came out with a theory suggesting that colours have a greater effect on attention. This conclusion was based on their study on attention and cognition. They compared colour and noncolour multimedia presentations on memory performance. It was reported that the coloured multimedia presentation resulted in better attention than the non-coloured presentation. Greene, Bell, and Boyer (), further explained that warm types of colours such as yellow, red and orange have been found to have a greater effect on attention compared to the cool type of colours like brown and gray.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3743993/

I use this method for many of my lessons.  Color words versus black words far exceed memory retention.  It also works well when helping your child learn for a test.  Try writing their sight words in different colors to help them remember!

Does your child struggle to read?

Does your child struggle to read?

Eye tracking is a problem some children have while reading.  If a child can’t keep their eyes on the same line while reading a book then they can’t understand what they are reading. I have some activities that can strengthen their tracking problem.  Below is a video and lesson plan sample of how to strengthen your child’s ability to keep their eyes focused on the same line while they are reading. Here is an article in the third paragraph to support this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8e_56PTj7g
Is your child struggling to learn?

Is your child struggling to learn?

Are you tired of your child struggling to learn?  Do you feel helpless and frustrated?  Did you know that if your child didn’t crawl very much or at all as a young child, that is could affect their learning, later in life?  I understand because I was in your shoes!! My child was struggling.  I had to figure out what to do.  There is a way for them to be and feel successful!  There are strategies that I have created and learned to help your child remember what is on a test, learn multiplication, figuring out simple addition and subtraction strategies, phonetics for early learners, number recognition, and much more!  All of this while your child is on the move.  It only takes a little preparation because I have done all of the work for you.  You will be spending time with your kids while helping them learn.  Having your child sit still while learning can be frustrating.  Don’t feel that way anymore!  I am Kim, founder of Brainonthego.com.  I am so glad that I am talking to you! You came across my website for a reason and the common denominator is that our kids are struggling to learn.  I started doing research and came upon some startling and interesting  information.

I found this article and it opened my eyes.   Joseph Chilton Pearce elaborates on this theme in describing the “startle effect”. He states that because children go essentially “catatonic” watching TV, producers found they could inject unexpected noises and sudden changes of volume and light in programming to shock the child viewer back into attention. These shocks cause the sympathetic nervous system to release, to the body and brain, cortisol, an adrenal hormone usually reserved for emergencies. The nervous system tries to readjust to this cortisol dosage, accepting the higher level as normal. Higher and higher numbers of startle effects become necessary to hold the child’s interest, which media producers have done. Children who view media are thus saturated with cortisol, which Chilton Pearce connects to the increases incidence of anxiety and over-stimulation in children.  According to Sava Tang Alcantara from eHow, the definition for Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that sit above the kidneys. Known as the “stress hormone,” cortisol makes blood pressure and blood sugar levels rise. Chronic elevated blood pressure can increase an individual’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Effectively managing stress may also help keep cortisol levels down and protect the immune system. Cortisol plays an important role in helping the body release insulin, maintain glucose levels and keep the immune system healthy.  Dr. Axe explains that exercise is proven to reduce Cortisol along with diet, stress management and a few other ways.  This is one thing that I want to help with by getting your child to learn while they move. I want to help lower their cortisol, help them exercise and most of all help your child to be successful in learning!

In the Parent magazine, Dina Roth Port explains why your child should crawl before they walk. While the conventional wisdom is that there’s no harm in skipping the crawling stage, a growing number of experts — particularly pediatric occupational therapists — say that crawling is actually a critical developmental milestone whose long-term benefits we’re only now beginning to recognize. I have some activities to help work on strengthening this stage.  Also, I have other methods of helping children remember what they are learning that are unique. I do realize that our children have to use computers for education, but don’t let that be their primary resource of learning. Getting their blood flowing through their brain is just as effective and healthier for them.

The conventional way of teaching isn’t resonating with our children because they learn in different ways.  This doesn’t mean that our children are ignorant, it just means that they learn differently. My own child learns differently and I realized that I had to do something for her because she was struggling.  I want to use my passion to demonstrate to parents a way to help their children that is unlike anything else.  It will motivate and stimulate your child’s mind.  Your child will be moving most of the time while doing these outside the box activities.  This method should engage your children that are ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyper Disorder), LD (Learning Disabilities) and other children who just want to learn an easier way.  The children that I coach are always laughing at me while I demonstrate each activity.  They haven’t seen anything like this and are surprised that I want them to move instead of sitting still.  It is so fun to watch their faces as they tackle each task and they finally recall what they have just learned.  Nothing is more rewarding than to see a child finally get it.  It sure makes studying for a test more enjoyable.  I remember the days of pulling out the flash cards, fussing about studying for a test and an evening of total frustration!  Put those days behind you!  Don’t you want your child getting their wiggles out while learning?  What a bonus!  The U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Frontiers in Psychology did research.  I have pulled out an excerpt on their findings.  This excerpt will inform you of who did what and the research they found.

Our children’s education is so important and they shouldn’t be frustrated because they learn differently.  The time is now to invest in your child’s education and self-esteem.  Using my methods can help your child and this way they will not always be on the computer.

 If you want to read more about this in detail, here are the websites below:

https://movetolearnms.org/what-are-the-experts-saying/research-findings/

You have to copy this article below and paste it in your search bar to show up. I’m not sure why it won’t go through without doing that.

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/how-exercise-can-boost-the-childs-brain/? php=true& type=blogs& php=true& type=blogs&smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000& r=1

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104013/chapters/Movement-and-Learning.aspx

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/study-suggests-exercise-kids-adhd-25401500

https://draxe.com/cortisol-levels/

https://www.nemours.org/content/dam/nemours/www/filebox/service/preventive/nhps/pep/braininmind.pdf

http://www.parenting.com/article/do-babies-need-to-crawl

Education is failing our kids

Education is failing our kids

It is sad that Pre-K children are now being taught kindergarten curriculum. We are requiring them to sit still and learn, while so many of our children’s minds aren’t mature enough. Our elementary age children need to be moving more while learning at the same time and teaching outside of the box. If you are homeschooling your children, you have the opportunity to do this. If not, then we as parents can work with our children at home. Sitting still while studying for a test or learning something new is in the past.

Older elementary age children are also having to sit still too much. There are too many tests given which in turn leaves not as much time to teach fun, out of the box learning. Very few teachers have the energy or time to add one more thing to their plate. We as parents are having to fill in and help out. We need to make sure that we aren’t making the same mistake and making our children sit still while they learn. Keep your child on the move to keep their brains flowing.

There are different ways that you can move while learning. I can show you a few ways to engage your child while they move. These activities can help your child learn language and math in a fun way. Sign up on my email list located on the right side of this blog. I will send you a few free ways to teach your child to move while they are learning.