Brandi Adam, a 3rd grade teacher at Red Bank Elementary, was the recipient of a grant from the Community Foundation for Movement and Literacy in January. With the help of Math and Movement, a company dedicated to using a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching, Ms. Adam has seen overwhelming progress in her students. The team worked together to develop uniquely styled floor mats for homophones, parts of speech, commonly confused words, prefixes and punctuation, modeling Math and Movement’s kinesthetic learning approach.
Eight out of ten children are kinesthetic learners (learn best through movement.)The program harnesses children’s natural kinesthetic learning style to foster positive feelings towards learning. http://www.mathandmovement.com/ The Math and Movement program is based on research that shows that moving during learning facilitates muscle memory, an important factor with younger children whose abstract thinking skills are not fully developed.
Ms. Adam comments on the success of her new system, “I still can’t believe that we cut below grade level readers in half and at the same time increased the above grade level readers by 55%. Busy year."
"Math and Movement’s revolutionary system and Brandi’s dedicated teaching have brought her students not only to new academic heights, but also have also helped the students get the exercise they want and need. According to CDC, obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States - triple the rate from just one generation ago. Math & Movement efficiently helps students to receive the recommended daily 60 minutes of physical exercise. Red Bank Elementary’s students haven’t just seen statistical improvements. An upper elementary school student arrived at the beginning of the school year only knowing a few letters of the alphabet. Thanks to the new and engaging teaching system, that student has become a solid reader. That student and other students helped by a more energetic learning system have a better learning experience and feel better because of it. Math and Movement and the grant from the Community Foundation for Movement and Literacy has helped students to make huge academic gains and feel self-confident," officials said.