A classroom full of children waving their arms up and down, jumping, and tapping to the beat may sound like a gym class, but these movement exercises are actually designed for the classroom to help children learn math and writing.
Physical activity, even acute and less intense levels, has beneficial effects on cognitive ability. We know that standing while working has increased health benefits for adults. Now researchers have found that children who stand at their desks in the classroom are more engaged and attentive than their seated peers.
Hand gesturing is a flexible way of communicating that can help with language learning in both hearing and deaf children. Continue reading “Gesturing: Learn New Words Using Your Hands”
We use spatial language in everyday activities. Stating “the pail is next to the boy” provides a definition of visual space. Phrases like “on the table, under the bed, behind the door” are very important for young children who are learning about their visual space world and how to follow directions through practical life learning. Once a child becomes school age, they need to use language in order to follow directions quickly and accurately and to master new social and educational learning.