Kindergarten Skills for Academics

Kindergarten Skills for Academics with the Brain CoachUnderlying developmental building blocks are necessary for a kindergarten child to be ready for more formal academics.  From Little Giant Steps’ perspective, kindergarten is the culmination of effective development in six areas.   When there are gaps in one or more areas of development, children can suffer from a myriad of learning challenges and even learning labels like ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD and many others.  Most people try to fix these inefficiencies with curriculum when in fact, curriculum is designed to advance an individual that already has efficient brain development.

The six areas of development (tactility, auditory, visual, manual, language, and mobility) that are the foundation to function are expanded this week.  The precise activities, described this week, can produce better function.

Not only is proper development necessary but the chemistry of our body has to be considered as well.  You can receive a free metabolic consultation after submitting your request.  See details for this and other savings in the handout. Read More!

Let’s Fix It! The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life

Let's Fix It! The Neurodevelopmental Approach for LiveBeing a mom of a child with involved developmental issues, Jan knows first-hand the feeling of wanting to “fix it.”  The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life is dynamically effective for changing the structure of the brain so individuals move through life more efficiently.

If your child has symptoms of or the documented labels of ADD or ADHD, this approach offers ways to improve the brain’s ability to function.  It can help a person to stay on task and follow directions by stopping the tactile misfiring in the brain. It is this misfiring that makes it hard for these individuals to maintain focus and not be overloaded by sensory input.

What if your child, or maybe even you, has issues similar to what you have read regarding dyslexia? The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life has the capacity to “fix” the glitches in the brain that represent the root causes of these symptoms.  Often low auditory or visual processing play a part in this label.  A large majority of these issues are also caused by mixed dominance, eye tracking and teaming challenges, and lower level brain disorganization.

When there are more severe issues like autism, OCD, PPD, all types of syndromes, developmental delays, or low IQ, The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life can still provide just as much help. Enhanced function is possible.  Often metabolic challenges are a significant part of what families are dealing with in these instances.  Jan will give you suggestions about this area as well.  There are some scientific breakthroughs you really need to know about!

This week the Brain Coach will help you to know how to get started on that road to better function through neurodevelopmental products and programs.  Discover where to start and move toward fixing the glitches that are keeping your loved ones from reaching their full potential.

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Create a Positive Learning Environment – Part 1

Create a Positive Learning Environment with Dr. Jan BedellLiving in a household where the environment is negative is no fun for anyone.  There are many factors that could cause this undesirable situation to be happening in your home.  Some such factors can actually result in symptoms of learning struggles and even labels like ADD, ADHD or dyslexia.  I am not saying your child might need a label – far from it!  You just need to know what the possible causes are and what you as a parent can do to change them. Some of these causes that are affecting your children negatively could be something that you have never thought about and the simple solutions might surprise you!

In part 1 of this message, the Brain Coach will share ways to help metabolic (inner chemistry of the body) and neurodevelopmental issues. Also, you will be equipped with a way to change your interactions with your child from negative to positive. These are some of the first steps to creating a positive learning and home environment. Examples of how to make handwriting, math and reading a more positive part of your school day are included as well.

In part 2, we will tackle how to deal with the negative behavior coming from your child as it pertains to a sin nature we all inherited at birth.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with specific notes from the talk and examples of what I am talking about in this episode.

When Does Homeschool Begin?

When does Homeschooling Begin?  With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Most people don’t think about educating their children until pre-school age. In this episode, the Brain Coach lets you in on some tips that will save you hours of effort in later years.  When children go through ALL the developmental steps that God intended, the foundation for successful education is laid.  Children will then be ready for more formal education.  It is our belief that these steps are so strategic that learning challenges and even labels like ADD, ADHD and reading difficulties can be avoided when the developmental foundation is fully functional.

Between birth and two years of age, a child’s brain grows at explosive rates.  Learning to “input” information in the form of sensory involvement (auditory, visual, tactile, smells and tastes) can accelerate brain growth. This causes the development/formation of proper neurological pathways, which resemble super highways.  When the networks of super highways exist, the brain is able to take the most efficient route in accomplishing a task.  You will learn to use those strategic moments in your day to help your infant be “home schooled” from birth.

The attached handout will help guide you through this episode and give you links to pertinent information and discounts. Click to download here!

MBFLP – Is Your Child A Sizzler?

MBFLP SizzlersEvery parent has moments of wonder about just how much energy children have. Then … there are kids who are more than just the average “busy” children. Carol Barnier, the author of How To Get Your Child Off The Refrigerator And On To Learning, calls these kids “Sizzlers”, and in this fun interview, we talk with Carol about how parents can better understand their sizzling, distractible progeny – and enjoy them!

Help for Homeschooling Distractible Kids with Carol Barnier

Help for Homeschooling Distractible Kids with Carol Barnier, podcast Carol BarnierI’ve been the recipient of Carol’s wit and wisdom for years, but I was still inspired by my interview with her. If you have a can’t-sit-still kiddo or you’re a what-did-I-come-in-this-room-for mom like me, you’ll love this episode.

Carol explains:

  • The kind of activity active children need while homeschooling
  • How to work with a child who takes forever to finish a lesson
  • How to help your kids remember how to add and subtract fractions
  • A simple way to make workbook problems fun
  • An advantage of being a distractible mom, and lots more!

Resources we mentioned in the show include, How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning, If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Where’d I Leave the Baby?, and Sizzlebop.com, a community for parents of distractible kids.

Be sure to follow The Homeschool Sanity Show board on Pinterest and leave a review on iTunes so other families can find us. Thanks in advance!

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The Homeschool Sanity Show

Help for Homeschooling Distractible Kids with Carol Barnier, podcastYou won’t want to miss this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show for laughs and inspiration. My interview with Carol Barnier immediately changed my approach with my kids. Check out the show page on Tuesday the 22nd to find out how.

MBFLP – Homeschooling Boys

Radio Show Homeschooling Boys

Homeschooling is a great option for families with sons because frankly, institutional classrooms are not very friendly to normal, active, distractible young boys. On the other hand, the same traits which make it hard to teach boys in a schoolroom setting can make it challenging at home, too! This week we talk about how boys learn differently, and how you can work with their particular style to make education both effective and enjoyable — for them and for their teacher!

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