Kids Focus Flash Forum November 2016

Welcome to the Kids Focus Flash Forum! Each month I’ll offer practical tips and insights for parents and teachers that can help kids improve learning and behavior. My approach will always be natural, healthy, and brain building. These tips have been tested in NM classrooms and homes, so I know firsthand how well they can work. Kids Focus Flash Forum is my blog – so if you have comments or requests for future topics, please email me at marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com and I will share your comments in the next forum.

TOPIC #1 – How to BUILD KIDS’ CONFIDENCE
A lot of kids struggle with lack of belief in themselves and their self-worth. It’s hard to convince a kid to finish her/his homework or do well on a test when they don’t think they’re going to succeed anyway. Many of them have been labeled (e.g., ADHD, dyslexic, autistic, etc.) and that label hangs around their necks like a lifetime sentence. How can we help?

ANSWER: CHANGE “OUR” (Parents/Teachers) FOCUS!
The first thing I do is ignore all the labels. My job is to find the best in each kid. I look for what I can fall in love with inside every kid I meet. I also want to know what their challenging behavior is really asking for. In this case, what makes a kid feel confident?

Kids will try to become what we see in them. Always look for the BEST in every kid and FOCUS on her/his STRENGTH. Studies show that when we focus on kids’ negative problems or failures, only 20% improvement is possible. On the other hand, focusing on a strength can create 400% improvement.

Here’s a real-life example: A middle school student struggling with spelling. He’s bright, but spelling is tough for him and no one believes he can get it right. We talked about the weirdness of English spelling – so many words aren’t spelled the way they sound. Now he knows at least some of the challenge is not his fault! Next, I discovered that his brain is literally wired to move in order to learn ANYTHING! (More about movement in the next forum!)

Solution: He does a set of cross-lateral Kids Focus movements before he studies and walks around as he memorizes words. He’s improved his spelling AND is building a great vocabulary! Most of all, he feels like he’s in control. Now that’s confidence!
Self-mastery = Self- confidence

Reader’s Response: “. . . sometimes the labels are actually accurate and they represent important information potentially about how a person might be wired, or why certain behaviors might surface, etc. That information is important to know and to be open to considering how to fold it into the strategizing that goes into supporting the person.”

Marcia’s Comment: “I agree that labels can provide important information about behaviors. My frustration is that most people slap on a label and NEVER look deeper. Most people CONFUSE the challenge or the label with the child. I can’t tell you how many people tell me their child IS “ADHD, OCD, ODD, etc.” This is a terrible confusion. A child is a child; he or she is NOT his/her challenging behavior. A child has a personality and uniqueness, AND he/she has challenges (as do we all).

Behavior is a snapshot of what the brain is telling us about its current needs, which play out in learning and behavior. The needs are often complex, whereas labels tend to be simplistic. A label should be the beginning of an exploration into deeper causes, not the end.”Kids Focus Website

UPCOMING EVENTS:  For more Info on Kids Focus Workshops and private tutoring sessions: Call 949-468-9841 or Email me at marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

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Invitation to Kids Focus Workshop Feb. 20, 2016 REGISTER NOW!

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“Want Kids to Learn and Behave? Let ‘Em Move!”

FEBRUARY 20, 2016 Saturday – KIDS FOCUS WORKSHOP at African American Performing Arts Center, 9 am – 4 pm. 6 CEUs. A hands-on WORKSHOP for PARENTS, TEACHERS, COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS. Learn how to help kids improve FOCUS, CALMNESS and SELF-REGULATION – in the CLASSROOM and at HOME. The Drug-Free way to say GOOD-BYE ADHD!

Scientific studies prove that movement is one of the most effective ways to improve ADHD behavior, support child growth, increase academic success, and balance the emotions – without the use of medication! Includes movement, sleep, nutrition, and activities for ages 4 through teens. Includes Kids Focus Manual and Certificate of Completion. $119 per person. Ask me about DISCOUNTS.

REGISTER NOW Call 949-468-9841 or Email marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

Next Kids Focus Workshop in ABQ, NM – June 20, 2015, Saturday

Kids Focus Workshops for Teachers, Parents, Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals
Simple Movements for Children’s Focus – Calmness – Concentration – Self-Regulation

Positive change in minutes!       A-Dreamstime Kids Moving2
See Kids Focus in action at www.kidsfocususa.com!

June 20, 2015, Saturday in ABQ, NM –  9 AM – 4:30 PM at High Desert Center for Spiritual Living, Paradise Hills

You Can Register Now! Call Marcia Lee at 949-468-9841 or email Marcia at marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

Learn how to help children focus, feel calmer, concentrate, and learn to self-regulate naturally and quickly without the use of medication.

KIDS FOCUS BENEFITS:
1) supports kids’ brain and behavioral development
2) boosts academic success & improves test scores
3) builds confidence and positive attitude
4) improves behavior in the classroom and at home
5) drug-free solutions for ADD/ADHD behavior
6) natural solutions to prevent bullying

The Kids Focus Workshop includes:
~ Over 70 Safe, Easy-to-Do Movements
~ Tools for Effective Behavior Management
~ Fosters Kids’ Emotional Balance and Self-Regulation
~ Use Kids Focus with Kids from Early Childhood through High School
~ Includes enhanced Kids Focus Manual
~ Certificate of Completion for 6 ceu’s/clock hours – NM Trainer Registry

REGISTER NOW: call Marcia Lee cell: 949-468-9841 or email marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com Marcia Lee, Educational Trainer, Reading Specialist, ADD/ADHD Consultant

Register Now! Kids Focus Workshop – April 5, 2014 – Saturday – for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers

Experience the power and effectiveness of Kids Focus –
Simple Movements for Children’s Focus, Calmness, Concentration, and Self-Regulation!

You are invited to the KIDS FOCUS WORKSHOP for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Social Workers!
When: April 5, 2014, Saturday
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro, ABQ (near Central)
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop includes:
–  dozens of Kids Focus movements for early childhood, preschool, and elementary school
–  top strategies for children’s brain development
–  effective tools for behavior management
–  builds foundation for academic success
–  medication-free help for ADD/ADHD type behavior
– 134 page manual

Early Registration – register & pay BEFORE March 1, 2014 = $119 (Save $20)
Registration AFTER March 1, 2014 = $139

For Registration or Information, call Marcia Lee at 949-468-9841 or email: marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com

Kids Focus supports Common Core, EPSS. ELL and Teach NM. This workshop is for adults only.
The next Kids Focus Parent-Child demonstration will be at Erna Ferguson Library on March 15, 2014 from noon – 1 pm. Call to reserve a seat for you and your child!

Kids Focus Tutoring+ – Private Sessions for Child and Parent Now Available in ABQ, NM

Image Private Kids Focus Tutoring+ – Sessions for child and parent are now available with Marcia Lee, Educational Trainer, Reading Specialist, ADD/ADHD Consultant. These individualized Kids Focus one-on-one sessions are designed to help children improve learning, memory, and behavior easily and naturally through the use of simple movements. Marcia provides suggestions for both home and school use.

Marcia works with ages 4 – 18 to offer help with:
– Behavior Management
– Focus and Concentration
– Calmness and Self-Regulation
– Academic Success
– Medication-free help for ADD/ADHD-type behavior
– Skills: Reading, Language, Writing, Study Skills

Parent must accompany child.

For reservations, location, and cost, call Marcia Lee at 949-468-9841 or email marcia.lee@kidsfocususa.com.

Students’ Success Stories – Kids Focus in Gallup, NM

Jackie's students' project

Jackie Ramirez, a 5th grade teacher at Wingate Elementary School in the Gallup McKinley County School District, NM is using movement lots more frequently in her classroom now.

When Jackie first started using Kids Focus movements in her classroom, she got good results, but she wanted more than that for her students. My first question was: how many times a day do you ask the children to move? Her answer: a few. My answer: NOT ENOUGH!!

So Jackie increased movement in her classroom and got GREAT RESULTS. Here’s how Jackie and her 5th graders poured on the juice.

Movement in the Classroom
Jackie says, “I’ve tried to incorporate more time to do the exercises more frequently. I allow about 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times per day. First thing in the morning, during reading block, during math block, after lunch, and in the afternoon are the usual times. I’ve also allowed for meditation and affirmations.”

Achieving Great Results
Jackie says, “My students are doing well. We’re always hearing good comments about how they can focus and complete projects. They’re better behaved in library, at recess, and in line. They’ve completed science projects and are in the process of completing a social studies project that we’re entering in the art fair. I’m so proud of them! Again, thank you for everything!”

Jackie’s students’ favorite Kids Focus movements are cross-crawls, lazy eights, “focused” breathing, meditating, and affirmations. And Jackie has dozens more Kids Focus movements to choose from, to keep her students on their toes. The photo shows one of Jackie’s students’ many projects.

Kids Focus Can Help Your Students Succeed! Thanks for the inspiration, Jackie. You and your students are proof positive that simple controlled movements used in the classroom throughout the day before any learning activity can help improve students’ focus, concentration, positive attitude, and overall success.

Contact Marcia Lee at solutions4kids@yahoo.com to find out how to bring a Kids Focus Teachers’ Workshop to your school. Let movement inspire your students to achieve and succeed!</p>

Celebrating our New Name – KIDS FOCUS ~ Brain-Body-Balancing for Young Learners

We have a new name! Children’s Brain/Body/Balancing is now KIDS FOCUS – Brain-Body-Balancing for Young Learners.

We’re celebrating the new year with fresh ideas, new movements, and more in-depth information on how to help children focus, feel calmer, concentrate, and self-regulate through simple movements. Check our website kidsfocus.co for information on upcoming workshops and lectures.

Celebrating Fantasic Children’s Brain/Body Balancing Workshops

Children’s Brain/Body Balancing – “Students have demonstrated growth!” Comment on using CBBB movements at Helen Cordero School – Pre-K – 2 grade

Thank you so much to all the parents, teachers and professionals who joined us on Saturday, September 8th in Albuquerque at the beautiful African American Performing Arts Center for the last day-long workshop in 2012 on how to use simple, controlled movements to help children focus, feel calm, concentrate and self-regulate – in under a minute. Thank you for sharing the excitement and joy that simple movement can create so quickly and easily inside you.

Children’s Brain/Body Balancing also recently inspired the dedicated EAs at East San Jose Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM, the devoted professionals at Hogares Inc. in Albuquerque, NM and the hard-working teachers at La Promesa Early Learning Center in Albuquerque, NM. Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to helping children learn and succeed using movement every day.

In spring/summer 2013 I will offer more workshops. So you too can come and learn dozens of unique and fun movements you can use with children in the classroom, at home, or on the go. You’ll also learn the Childhood Brain Science that supports movement for improving behavior and learning and hear tips on nutrition, temperament, intelligence, ADHD, and more. I look forward to meeting you next year!

Helen Cordero Primary School Hits a Home Run! Movement in the Classroom Improves Everything!

Helen Cordero Primary School in Albuquerque, NM participated in a recent Children’s Brain/Body Balancing study. The preliminary results of offering Children’s Brain/Body Balancing in half the classrooms are now in. And everyone is celebrating!

 Ellen Griffiths, the principal, and 20 teachers took the Children’s Brain/Body Balancing training in March, 2012. In less than two months, the following amazing improvements were observed in eighteen classrooms, from pre-k through 2nd grade. Imagine what the improvements could be when Children’s Brain/Body Balancing is practiced in the classrooms year round!

Improvements in the classrooms include:

Focus/Concentration – improved in 83% of the classrooms

Calmness – improved in 100% of the classrooms

Self-regulation – improved in 83% of the classrooms 

Follow directions – improved in 95% of the classrooms

Attention – improved in  95% of the classrooms

Attitude – improved in 88% of the classrooms

Effect on Learning – improved in 83% of the classrooms

Effect on Testing – improved in 100% of the classrooms           

I want to express my deepest appreciation to the principal, teachers and staff for your dedication and hard work with the children at Helen Cordero Primary School. The results of the study and the success stories are about your efforts. You make Children’s Brain/Body Balancing come alive and I am deeply grateful. Working with all of you is an honor and an inspiration!

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Q and A from Parents/Grandparents Lecture on Children’s Brain/Body Balancing on April 28

What an exciting morning sharing Children’s Brain/Body Balancing with all of you beautiful, bright parents, grandparents and children! Thank you so much for your participation. You all did such a great job learning and teaching each other the movements.

Now you know firsthand that these simple, easy-to-do controlled movements help “switch on” the brain, break up old behavior patterns, and support brain/body balance and self-regulation. I hope you will join me for an in-depth study of Children’s Brain/Body Balancing on June 16 at the all-day workshop at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. Reserve your spot! Call 949-468-9841 or email solutions4kids@yahoo.com.

Here’s a great question I received from a parent who attended the Children’s Brain/Body Balancing Workshop on Saturday:
Q. – When the movements feel so good to the children that they don’t want to stop as soon as the adult-in-charge asks them to, do you have suggestions on how to ease them back to their learning tasks?

A. – I truly believe that children know instinctively what they need for their own growth and balance. As long as the movement is safe, I let them continue. SAFETY FIRST!

I don’t know how much of a particular movement their bodies and brains need; they do. If I pushed them on to the next activity too soon, chances are they would not be ready to focus anyway.

Obviously I ask children to stop any unsafe movement immediately. I also spend a lot of time setting out the safety and cooperation rules of movement before we ever start. I discuss these rules and techniques thoroughly in the longer workshop.

In the case of spinning, for example, my approach is to let them spin themselves out. I ask them to stand in a nearby area for spinners. I take the rest of the class onward to the next movement and also keep an eye on the spinners. The spinners join back in when they’re done and/or when they don’t want to miss out on the fun the rest of us are having with the next movement. I do not demand control or perfection. My goal is balance – self-generated balance.

Recognizing children’s need to balance themselves through movement is also a demonstration of respect for children as individuals. Not making them bad or wrong for who they are and what they want or need. It demonstrates my support in their development of self-awareness which then leads to voluntary self-regulation. I have never had a child abuse the freedom when I honored theirs.