Kids is an educational program that makes learning
more enjoyable and efficient by combining academics with
physical activity. The goal is to create strong students
who are healthy in mind and body and who have the willingness
and ability to control their behavior. All children can
benefit from Kinetic Kids, but it is especially designed
for those who are active, full of energy, and "always
on the go." Providing children with appropriate ways
to channel their energy can prevent behavior problems from
developing, builds self-confidence, improves physical health,
and makes learning fun. Kinetic learning transforms homework
from a dreaded ordeal to a time for parent-child bonding.
for children in grades K through 5
program consists of 6 individually taught sessions for
the child and his or her parents
To give the child and parents the skills that will allow
them to apply kinetic learning techniques throughout
the school years
|Movement in Multi-Sensory Learning
and Listen Learners: The
belief that learning can take place only if children are
quietly seated and listening to
is widespread in American schools. Consequently, most teachers
design their lesson plans and arrange their classrooms with
these beliefs in mind. Such classrooms work quite well for
passive children who like to sit and listen—"sit
and listen learners".
||Move and Touch Learners: Much to the dismay
of a goodly number of teachers and parents, many children
do not do well in a "sit and listen" classroom.
These children learn better and are happier when they can move
around, touch, and manipulate things. Children who learn best
through movement are known as kinetic learners, whereas those
who like to touch and manipulate are kinesthetic learners.
When children who thrive on moving and touching are placed
in a "sit and listen" classroom, the results are
often disastrous. Teachers become confused, frustrated, and
angry because these children do not learn or behave like their
classmates. In turn, parents are bombarded with reports that: "Johnny
won't stay in his chair. Sally spends all day fiddling with
her pencils. Jeremy draws during lectures." Although parents
may doubt the accuracy of such reports at first, they usually
see the same behaviors when the try to get their children to
do homework that involves more of the same type of passive "sit
and listen" learning.
||False Positive ADHD, LD, BD, and ODD: There
are children who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders
such as ADHD, LD, BD, and ODD, and who as a consequence,
need treatment or remediation. Unfortunately, in all too many
instances, when "move and touch" learners are placed
in a "sit and listen" classroom, they begin to act
very much like children with the above named disorders. As
a consequence, many normal children are incorrectly diagnosed
with serious and chronic mental disorders. Such "false
positive" diagnoses frequently result in the child being
inappropriately subjected to invasive and potentially harmful
treatments/interventions. One way to reduce the number of these
false positives is to create school and home learning environments
that meet the learning needs of the broadest possible range
|Kinetic Kids and
|There are many barriers to integrating
physical activity with academic learning. The most formidable
being the widely held belief among teachers (and many parents)
that to learn "serious stuff " a child must be quietly
seated with eyes fixed on the teacher or on an assignment.
While this may be true for some types of learning, there are
a multitude of situations where physical activity makes learning
more effective as well as increasing the child's enjoyment.
Kinetic Kids teaches parents, teachers, and children how to
add movement to the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic components
of a multi-sensory learning program.
|Goals of Kinetic Kids
|Kinetic Kids focuses on three
parents, and teachers. The clinic-based, six-session program
||Children how to expend energy in constructive
ways rather than getting into trouble by breaking classroom
||Parents how to direct their children to use
their energy wisely and how to create a kinetic learning
environment in the home.
||Teachers how to apply kinetic learning for
groups in their classrooms, (i.e., provides parents with
information to share with their child's classroom teacher).