Gymnastics Training Can Improve Your Child’s School Performance

There’s a long standing belief that a healthy mind starts with a healthy body. Brain research that spans more than 50 years supports this with proof of the direct connection between mind and body. The great news is that, if you have a crawler or toddler, starting them early in gymnastics may mean giving them the mental edge too, apart from training them to be physically active.

We can deduce how gymnastics can help out your child physically. The activity increases their strength, agility, spatial skills, as well as their sensory motor skills. Aside from this, the mental discipline required in gymnastics teaches children time management and organizational skills, as well as dedication and commitment. Do you also know that gymnastics can also improve your child’s reading skills? Gymnasts are proven to be better in content assimmilation, giving them the ultimate edge when it comes to school work. That is why kids who are into gymnastics tend to perform better in school.

The connection of gymnastics and reading/ content assimilation springs from studies done by Dr. James Fadigan, and research and application done by Ralph R. Barrett, who is also a gymnast and educator. The proof is so glaring that Barrett even wrote an article about this connection and how he applied it to his SMILE Lab project, called “Does Gymnastics Enhance Reading? Yes!”

In Fadigan’s studies, he refers to neuroscience and psychology work done by Bruner, Gagne, Gadner, Guilford and Piaget. He concluded that:

  1. Various sensory motor skills are developed until the child is two years old.
  2. After the second year, 26 kinds of cognitive skills are learned.
  3. Reading and content assimilation skills only occur after enhancement of these skills.

In Barrett’s case, after thorough research, he applied his findings in developing SMILE (Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment) Lab, a program that improves sensory motor skills of his students.

Both Fadigan and Barrett saw the lack in the public and private school systems, particularly the tendency to address problems in content assimilation with more content assimilation. Sensory motor training – through gymnastics – is an alternative to addressing these problems.

SMILE Lab was very successful in what it set out to do. Starting with minimal budget and through different work stations, it was able to improve children’s visual acuity, balance and cross laterality. The emphasis is movement – and this has helped greatly in improving school performance.

Within two years, SMILE Lab noted mental improvements in its core kindergarten and first grade classes from Ross E. Jeffries Elementary in St. Cloud, Florida. Those praticipating in SMILE Lab’s sensory motor activities demostrated improved reading-readiness skills, as compared to those who didn’t join the activities. Another test conducted in 1998 and 1999 has students involved in gymnastics performing better in their reading and math SATs, compared to those who didn’t.

Today, Barrett’s methodology is being implemented in many Kinder Gyms around the world, and bringing about positive results. In the Central Coast, Central Coast Gymnastics Academy’s Kinder Gym offers opportunities for your child to get into gymnastics early and acquire mental skills that put him or her ahead of the pack.

Tips for Hiring a Good Electrician

Gosford ElectricianNot all electricians are equally qualified and experienced. The quality, speed and cost of their work will vary. Here are tips on hiring the best one for your project:

1. Check their Licenses and Insurance: The best electricians should be properly licensed and insured. This is actually a basic qualification, and the first step to being able to do their jobs right. Usually, electrical companies can ensure that the professionals under their organisation have these prerequisites. When hiring independent contractors, ask about their licenses and insurance before getting into the details of your project.

2. Ask Friends for Referrals: How your electrician performed in his past projects matters. He should have done a good job, keeping within schedule and delivering the best output. This is where he gains his credibility as a good electrician. At the same time, he can potentially get more projects through referrals from his past clients. As a customer, one of the best ways to find your electrician is through referrals from your friends and colleagues. Typically, they would know the strengths and weaknesses of an electrician that they’ve hired.

3. Get an Initial Quote: It is not uncommon for some electrical jobs to exceed their projected cost. Perhaps along the way, as the electrician worked on your project, complications arise, requiring more time and raw materials. This shouldn’t stop you from asking for an initial quote. Never let an electrician begin work without providing you with a quote first. Quotes give you a ballpark cost. At the same time, you get to make sure that the electrician understands the project’s specifications. You can also compare quotes, if you have an alternative electrician in mind.

4. Agree on a Timeline: In connection with the initial quote, you also need to get a timeline for your project. Don’t agree on an open-ended project, in which you don’t know when to expect the final working output. Of course, understand too that schedules can change. Some work may be more complicated than how it was initially assessed. A good estimate on the timeframe will do.

5. Know any Required Permits: Some electrical work needs permits from local authorities. Make sure to know these. A good electrician should tell you about these requirements and wait to work if you don’t have them yet. You can’t risk your project with an electrician who’s okay with cutting corners.

6. Get Recommendations: Your electrical project should be a collaboration between you and your electrician. Tell him your requirements, and make sure that he understands. Ask for recommendations. You can gain from your electrician’s experience and expertise – they should know the best way to expedite your project.

In Gosford, Rod is one of the best electricians we’ve worked with. He has more than 30 years of experience under his belt. He is honest and straightforward – a true professional. Consult with him if you have an electrical project in mind. PH 4340 5311 or MOB 0447 742 201