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  • GAME-BASED LEARNING

    GAME-BASED LEARNING

    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4-year-olds Play is often overlooked as a learning tool for children. Dictionarey.com defines play as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” It is seen as a type of “free time” when nothing else important is happening. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For 3 to 4-year old’s, play is vital to their overall development and learning. Children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old are growing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, at a very rapid rate. They are discovering new things daily and are attempting to navigate the ....

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  • GAME-BASED LEARNING

    GAME-BASED LEARNING

    The Benefits of Game-Based Learning for 3-4-year-olds Play is often overlooked as a learning tool for children. Dictionarey.com defines play as “engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” It is seen as a type of “free time” when nothing else important is happening. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For 3 to 4-year old’s, play is vital to their overall development and learning. Children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old are growing physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, at a very rapid rate. They are discovering new things daily and are attempting to navigate the ....

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  • ENDORPHINS! The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    ENDORPHINS! The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement. In recent years, studies involving endorphins have begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. Physical activity is essential to brain development. Basically, when we feel good, we learn better. Intellectually stimulating the brain when endorphins have been released, helps even ....

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  • ENDORPHINS! The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    ENDORPHINS! The Key to Effort and Focus in Children and Teens

    Endorphins are natural chemicals produced in the body to reduce pain and boost happiness. They are most often associated with exercise since the release of these “feel-good” chemicals cause a state of euphoria and is usually known as a “runner’s high.” However, most any exercise will cause this state of happiness and it is also boosted through laughter and excitement. In recent years, studies involving endorphins have begun to focus on how this chemical contributes to learning. Physical activity is essential to brain development. Basically, when we feel good, we learn better. Intellectually stimulating the brain when endorphins have been released, helps even ....

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  • Over Committed Children and Stress

    Over Committed Children and Stress

    Over Committed Children As parents, we want what’s best for our children. The reality is that today’s children are pushed to their limits with extra-curricular activities by well-meaning parents. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how over-committing children are retroactive for their development. For starters, let’s look at why we tend to over-commit our children: 1. We feel we need to fill up our children’s schedule so they aren’t just sitting home watching television or playing video games. 2. We want to give our children what they want, like when they beg to take soccer with their friends. 3. We try to keep up with ....

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  • Over Committed Children and Stress

    Over Committed Children and Stress

    Over Committed Children As parents, we want what’s best for our children. The reality is that today’s children are pushed to their limits with extra-curricular activities by well-meaning parents. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how over-committing children are retroactive for their development. For starters, let’s look at why we tend to over-commit our children: 1. We feel we need to fill up our children’s schedule so they aren’t just sitting home watching television or playing video games. 2. We want to give our children what they want, like when they beg to take soccer with their friends. 3. We try to keep ....

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  • Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development

    Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development

    Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development
    As parents, we want what’s best for our children, and we also want our children to give it their best when they participate in extra-curricular sports and activities. The problem is, we sometimes get caught up in our desire to see our children perform well and we speak up at the wrong times. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how coaching from the sidelines plays a harmful role in our child’s emotional development. For starters: your child’s brain is already occupied with so many thoughts. Take a sparring match for example:
    Which technique should I throw?
    What ....

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  • Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development

    Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development

    Why Coaching from the Sidelines is Harmful for Your Child’s Development
    As parents, we want what’s best for our children, and we also want our children to give it their best when they participate in extra-curricular sports and activities. The problem is, we sometimes get caught up in our desire to see our children perform well and we speak up at the wrong times. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how coaching from the sidelines plays a harmful role in our child’s emotional development. For starters: your child’s brain is already occupied with so many thoughts. Take a sparring match for example:
    Which technique should I throw?
    What ....

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  • Teaching in 4D

    Teaching in 4D

    Everyone likes PIES! This is pretty much a true statement in my opinion! Our staff here at Elite Black Belt Academy are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level! What do we mean when we say “PIES”? P – Physically I – Intellectually E - Emotionally S – Socially The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions! P – Physically Instructors look for benchmark SKILLZ in the Basic SKILLZ class like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! This would be considered being above their stage of development! I – ....

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  • Teaching in 4D

    Teaching in 4D

    Everyone likes PIES! This is pretty much a true statement in my opinion! Our staff here at Elite Black Belt Academy are such huge fans that we take our PIES to the next level! What do we mean when we say “PIES”? P – Physically I – Intellectually E - Emotionally S – Socially The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions! P – Physically Instructors look for benchmark SKILLZ in the Basic SKILLZ class like the ability to properly perform exercises with good technique beyond 10 reps! This would be considered being above their stage of development! I – ....

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