Free motivating and kinesthetic ways to teach your child to learn!

Free motivating and kinesthetic ways to teach your child to learn!

Every child learns differently. Here are 3 examples of 3 different ways that your child can learn. They are motivating, fun and family engaging. Each subject comes with around 15 written lesson plans along with instructional videos. Below I have given you 3 free sample lessons that I have created for you and your child.

Click the link below to get all three free lessons. Make sure you scroll down to the free lesson block because it is free of charge. I hope you enjoy!

https://brain-on-the-go.teachable.com/p/free-lesson-plans/

Brain on the Go: Healthy Brain through Movement

Brain on the Go: Healthy Brain through Movement

Ok, I know a lot of you are wondering “how do you get a healthy brain through movement?” or “why did you name this website ‘Brain On The Go’ “? And honestly, it was a long and windy journey that led to this decision. After years of researching how to blog AND how to teach my children it ultimately led to one truth. A healthy brain through movement!

A healthy BRAIN is always MOVING!

Let’s break this down.

HEALTHY MIND & HEART

Healthy covers everything! It isn’t just physical movement in regards to how you exercise your body additionally it accesses the state of your heart, mind, body and soul! Before moving your body, I want to move your heart.

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:27

We are commanded to love with ALL our minds and that includes loving our family, friends, and neighbors. It starts with an active and teachable spirit in your heart, mind, and soul. 

Creating a healthy heart and mind starts with your faith walk that pours into your relationships. As a wife and mother, MY mind and heart health starts from the inside-out. From this cup comes an overflowing abundance of joy that pours into serving my family and educating children – MY personal ministry.

So you will also find ways to feed your BRAIN on the GO with heart-healthy faith-based articles that will hopefully transform you from the inside-out as well. Remember, a healthy mind and heart happens through action.

Healthy Brain through Movement

I distinguish “brain” from mind and heart because even wisdom and knowledge are not interchangeable. You can be knowledgeable but not wise. 

A goal of mine was to teach my children knowledge so that they could succeed in their academic careers which is how I came across creating a healthy brain through movement.

The health of their brain became apparently disparaging when grades were slipping and retention of academic works were not being grasped. 

What was the DISCONNECT between my children’s brain and their academic achievement?

-Kim Fowler, Brain on the Go

I scoured the internet for answers and new curriculums with evidence-based practices that saw an improvement in children’s ability to recall information better and faster.

Benefits of Movement for Mental Abilities

According to an NCBI article from November 2019, physical exercise can have a direct influence on how we process information. 

“Our minds and our bodies are more connected than previously thought, and we should not choose between honing either our mind or our body.”

 –Christopher R. Madan  and Anthony Singhal

In summary, the research implies that movement-based activities should improve memory function vs just reading or having an instruction read aloud. An engaged and healthy brain happens through movement.

When you tell your child 1+1=2, do they grasp the concept? 

OR

Does using blocks and manipulatives along with a full-body analogy work better in their ability to recall the memory of adding one object to another?

Movement vs Sitting

Also, sitting too long can have a direct impact on a child’s ability to focus and retain information. 

It is BORING and they are NOT learning. (i.e. a healthy brain through movement)

According to an educational news article by Eric Jensen, staff developer and author of “Teaching with the Brain in Mind” and “Learning with the Body in Mind”, he reiterates the same claim that physical activity can improve a child’s learning process.

Active learning has significant advantages over sedentary learning.

Eric Jensen

(More research from Eric Jensen – Click Here & Click Here)

Movement and Test Scores

What about the results of moving on test scores?

I know you are thinking “yeah I hear ya Kim but does moving really have a significant impact?”

YES!

According to a research project conducted between 2008 and 2010, Mississippi participated in a fitness assessment program and found a correlation between test scores and fitness levels.

These findings suggest that investments in fitness and increasing the number of Mississippi students who are fit may likely result in improved test scores, fewer absences, and fewer disciplinary incidents in schools.  


Fitness among Mississippi Students: The Association between Fitness and School Test Scores, Attendance, and Discipline among Mississippi Students”
-The University of Southern Mississippi

The research was ground-breaking and eye-opening to this disgruntled mom. The improved physical fitness level in children changed not only their memory abilities but their behavioral tendencies. The children were better behaved and didn’t miss nearly as many days of school.

Just another reminder that P.E. class is an IMPORTANT factor in a well-rounded education.

Movement and Multitasking

Now, news articles are publishing more and more articles on this topic. In 2014, the NYTimes published “How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains” and stated that even a brisk walk before test-taking increased test scores for children even those not physically fit.

In this particular article, it discusses a child’s development of their executing functioning. 

WHAT THE? WHAT THE?

I know it is a very big and in-depth term that discusses their ability to control mental multitasking, maintain concentration, and inhibit inappropriate responses to mental stimuli.

Why was this research conducted? It was discovered that at the tender age of 8-9 years old is the time that this mental ability is either developed or stunted. It directly affects a child’s academic progress in school. 

“The message is, get kids to be physically active.”

-Dr. Hillman

Movement and ADHD

If you have a child with ADHD, another research article suggests that just 30 minutes a day of physical activity could improve a child’s performance. 

(Watch this ABCnews clip to learn more)

Another ah-ha moment that I needed to help my child GO and GO some more with object lessons that would help her develop a healthy BRAIN.

BRAIN on the GO

I had to learht the hard way that my children needed movement an oxygen reaching their brains and heart to improve their ability to hitnk and ufnction.

My desire and hope is to provide your with resources and tips to help you overcome the battle of sedentary lifestyles in your family, home, heart, mind and body.

Leave a comment below on how you can implement some of these new ideas TODAY!

An inspiring way that water is good for the brain

An inspiring way that water is good for the brain

We are always concerned about our body and how to keep it in shape.  Have you ever thought about keeping your brain hydrated?  I read that every cell requires water to function.  It transports oxygen and nutrients that the brain needs to function while lubricating the brain tissue.

According to an article I read from UCDAVIS, students that have a mild dehydration leads to a loss in concentration and negatively affects your cognitive performance.

  • Your brain is about 75% water. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.
  • Water is also essential for delivering nutrients to the brain and for removing toxins. When the brain is fully hydrated, the exchange of nutrients and toxins will be more efficient—thus ensuring better concentration and mental alertness.

 

The article from UCDAVIS also states that dehydration causes your brain to not run at full speed. Some of the mental symptoms of dehydration include brain fog, afternoon fatigue, focus issues, depression, anger, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, and a lack of mental clarity and acuity.

This got me to thinking.  We should be drinking around 2 liters a day.  Wow, that sounds like a lot of water!  Our children usually don’t drink enough water.  The good thing is that when you consume vegetables and fruit you are receiving some of that water through them. This is when I came up with a challenge for my family.  We will be using this marked water bottle.  It lets you know how much water to drink by the hour.  Sometimes I will put fruit in it for taste by cutting up watermelon, lemons, limes and freeze them along with blue and blackberries.  I will place a mixture of frozen fruit in my water bottle for the day.  Our family needs to get healthy and loose some weight.  I will keep your updated on how things are going through this adventure.  If you want to join us then comment below.  We are in this together!

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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!  If you need more assistance, you can go to the top of this screen and click on “Courses”.  These are video and written lesson plans that can help your child learn.  The language lesson plans go into more detail about how to use colors to remember what you are learning.

Is your child getting too much Cortisol?

Is your child getting too much Cortisol?

too much Cortisol?

I referred to this in one of my earlier post “Is your child struggling to learn”?  It talks about how video games create the startle effect which creates Cortisol in the body.  Too much Cortisol for a long period of time creates stress on the body.  You can read this posts in more detail to see the full affects that it does to your child’s body.

We as parentsneed to know the signs!

Did you know that screaming at your child can cause their Cortisol level to elevate?  As long as you are not yelling all day, the affects won’t last long.  It’s when a child is being yelled at a lot that it affects their prefrontal cortex.  Three major biochemicals are released when a body is in stress.  They are Adrenaline, Cortisol and Norepinephrine.  It makes their body go into fight or flight mode.  Everyone goes through that some time or another, but it is not healthy to stay in that mode.

My Story on why this became

my mission to help parents.

 I was in a situation where my stress level (Cortisol) was up from being around people who yelled.  It eventually caused me to have an autoimmune disease. Realizing this, I did research to see if it was true.  It was compelling to find the link between my situation and how Cortisol levels affected my health.  Every time I found myself stressed out, I could physically feel my Cortisol level go up.  This needed to change.  If yelling affected me in this way, then I needed to know how it affected our children.  I did some research and came across an article that talked about how yelling can be a drug-like fix where the brain gets a buzz from the Cortisol.  You can read more on this from this Blocked to Brilliant article.        

High cortisol levels can lead to anxiety, stress, fatigue and more.

There is a correlation between elevated Cortisol and blood sugar imbalance.  Children are gaining weight  and it’s not entirely because of bad eating habits.  It can be contributed to high levels of Cortisol.   Knowing this is the key to healing.

– Kim Fowler
Awesome news

You can help change the levels of your child’s Cortisol!

 

1. Less Exposure to Stress

Be aware of how much stress  (Cortisol) your child is exposed to on a daily basis.  Some stress if okay, as long as it is not long term.  If they are stressed out about something, talk to them, or have them talk to someone they are comfortable with.

2. Control their diet

The way your child eats can affect your child’s hormonal imbalance.  This is where we see anxiety attacks, insomnia, mood swings and weight gain.  There is a great book that explains how to heal your gut. The book is called, “Cooking for Hormone Balance” by Magdalena Wszelaki.

3. Teach them to relax

This is where I go to my happy thoughts.  I sit still in a quiet place to calm down.  You can have them visualize their favorite place (Ex: the pool) with their eyes closed.  Remind them of the sounds, smells, taste, feel and things they see.  Mine is the beach.  I think of feeling the sun on my skin and putting my feet in the sand, hearing the waves crash, birds chirping and wind in my ear.  I taste the salt water and I see my kids swimming, laughing and having fun.  Have a plan in place for which thought they can have if they get stressed out.  Demonstrate it for them.

4. Light exercise

Your child isn’t going to go to the gym.  Go out as a family and kick a ball around, go for a walk at the park or go to a playground. Enjoy nature.  Getting out in the sun for some Vitamin D is good along with spending time together.  Moving around is healthy for the soul and body!

5. Make a plan for your family

Do some research yourself.  Once I decide what action plan that I am going to use, then I write it on a piece of paper.  Write down the most important actions  first (How to make our morning less stressful, visualizations to do for my child  when is stressed out, healthy menus, exercises for ya’ll to do and a plan for you  when you are stressed to help control yelling),  Let me show you what I mean. The night before I lay out clothes, make our lunches and lay shoes out to make our morning easier.  I make a meal plan for the week on Saturday.  These meals are healthy to improve my hormone balance.  Then I find time that our family can spend outdoor time together (swimming).  A walk with my teenager gives us time to talk about what is bothering her and come up with a plan.  In the evening, if my child’s day was stressful, I message her back (not long) and walk her through visualizations of her happy thoughts..
USE YOUR CALENDAR TO SCHEDULE: Click the small minus sign on the right below this to read more!
I lay out my calendar and write in the important things for the month.  EX: I schedule when we will spend family time together, whether it is fun or exercising.  For instance every Monday and Wednesday can be for exercising and Thursday and Saturday can be for family fun.  Just don’t overload your schedule because that causes stress.  Then schedule your doctor appointments.  Next, fill in when to meal plan and go shopping.  After this, schedule time for you then schedule time for you and your husband.  Taking time to fill yourself up (activities that you love or relaxing) will give you the energy to fill others up and let go of stress.  Yoga seems to do this for me.  Now that the important things are filled in, see if there is time for anything else (volunteering, etc.)  Looking at your calendar after everything is filled in, will show you how busy you are.  Too much busyness causes unnecessary stress. In today’s time, our kids are in a lot of sports.  Maybe they can only do one sport at a time.  This can free up your calendar if you do this. Get your own calendar out and try this.  Maybe you can carve out something in your schedule to help you out.  Enjoy!
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Brain on the Go: Healthy Brain through Movement

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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...

Is your friend good for you?

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Are you good at choosing your friends? I used to have a problem with wanting to be friends everyone. This isn't always good because some people don't always have your best interest at heart. I have learned this the hard way. The crazy thing is one of my friends that I...

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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

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