The following is a republished press release from a community member and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact me at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com. 

WHAT: Open House and Hands-on Teacher Training in Innovative New Program! The Math & Movement Learning Center in the DeWitt Mall Suites (one floor above Moosewood Restaurant) will be having an open house to introduce a unique program to bring movement and fun to learning math and reading.

There will be an opportunity to meet the founder of Math & Movement and receive hands-on training in three short workshops. The nationally acclaimed Math & Movement program is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching math and reading that incorporates physical activity with visual stimuli created to make learning fun, active, and memorable.

The program utilizes specially designed floor mats and banners that enable students to hop, walk, crawl, or dance their way to mastering math and reading concepts. The workshops introduce materials and activities for four of M&M’s most popular topics as used by teachers across the nation.

The goal of this event is to demonstrate the speed at which students can learn with Math & Movement and to show teachers and parents how easy it is to incorporate the program into their normal learning activities.

During the training, teachers and parents will practice using the materials with students. Students will discover they CAN LEARN EASILY and QUICKLY, even if they have had little success academically in their school careers thus far.

WHY: Eight out of ten children are kinesthetic learners (learn best through movement.) The kinesthetic nature of Math & Movement increases physical exercise and learning. The program harnesses children’s natural kinesthetic learning style to foster positive feelings towards learning. The 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.

Studies show this type of activity allows teachers and students to feel more energized, focused, and prepared to learn. At a time when there are 12 million obese children, physical fitness has become a matter of national urgency. As U.S. Senator Chris Dodd has said, “All of us—parents, schools, government, employers—need to see the rising childhood obesity rates for what they are: a medical emergency.”

Math & Movement promotes physical activity while simultaneously increasing learning. The end result: physically fit children and increased test scores.

WHEN: Friday, June 24, 2016

WHERE: Math & Movement Learning Center

Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Workshops at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

DeWitt Mall Suites, First Floor (one floor above Moosewood Restaurant)

215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

About Math & Movement: Math & Movement helps children in grades Pre-K through 5 increase math and reading fluency and mastery. In compliance with common core standards, the Math & Movement program provides a new way for educators to prepare students for standardized testing and, more importantly, further math and reading education and concepts.

The program gives students the confidence to learn and absorb new concepts and teachers the confidence to help all children improve scores and fluency.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.