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According to ProLiteracy, 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do math above a third-grade level. The National Math Foundation is working to change that by raising a generation that is competent and confident in their math and reading abilities.
Research shows that incorporating kinesthetic movement into classroom activities both increases on-task behavior and bolsters students’ retention of new concepts. Kinesthetic learning also taps into childrens’ natural inclination to play, which allows them to learn quickly, efficiently, and without fear.
All children have the potential to be successful in reading and math, but America’s antiquated approach to math and literacy education is ineffective. For that reason, we support innovative, kinesthetic approaches to K-12 education.
We believe it is the combination of movement and learning that sparks students’ love of math and reading.
Our children are under a great deal of stress, especially those who have trauma and who have been affected by COVID-19. This stress negatively impacts their confidence and ability to learn. Research shows that students who have four or more adverse childhood experiences (also called ACEs) are thirty-two times more likely to have learning challenges. Playful, kinesthetic teaching strategies, rhythm, chanting, and movement all can help children reduce the impact of ACEs, and actively moving for just 6 minutes increases immune cell function by 60 percent!
Studies also predict that due to school closings directly caused by COVID-19 – which itself is a global adverse experience – students across the country have returned this semester at least one full grade level behind where they should be. A positive attitude, self-confidence, and a solid understanding of the subject matter results in lasting academic achievement, but these feelings are threatened by COVID-19 and the transition to virtual classrooms
For many students, the frustration of wanting to learn, but feeling unsuccessful or in danger leads to restlessness and an inability to focus, even with visual and auditory cues from PowerPoint presentations and video streaming. Movement enhances learning for all students, especially for youth whose primary or secondary learning style is kinesthetic.
The National Math Foundation serves families, children, teachers, and schools directly through events, sponsorships, grants, and professional training. Over the past seven years, the National Math Foundation has served more than 200 schools and more than 1,273,800 students in grades K-8 nationwide.
We are currently living in dire, unprecedented times, and due to COVID-19 our team has transformed our business model. Rather than onsite training, we now offer virtual training. The virtual training has expanded our initiatives to parents and to a global community of educators.
The National Math Foundation is adapting to the reality of COVID-19, and we recognize the new troubles it brings for young students, teachers, and parents nationwide, which is why we have doubled our efforts and committed ourselves to expand our curriculum and materials to virtual platforms in order to reach and educate as many people as possible about the necessity of kinesthetic learning. Schools have been impacted tremendously by the pandemic, and as a result, it is our daily duty to continue to make sure that students do not fall through the cracks in their learning of essential skills.