Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Helping Young Kids Learn

Kathy Stemke has written a book full of ideas to help young kids learn. She says, "Many preschool children find it difficult to sit and learn, so give them opportunities for movement! It's commonly believed that when you hear something, 10% of the information is retained. If you see it, hear it and say it, 40% is retained. But, if you also DO it, you retain 70%-100% of the information. Using a multi-sensory approach to teach children enhances their retention and capitalizes on their natural tendency to move. In other words, incorporate movement into learning, and your child will have more fun and learn faster."

Kathy’s book, Moving Through All Seven Days, uses movement activities to teach the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The 14 pages of activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

You can find it on lulu by clicking on this link:

On Saturday I'll share some activities Kathy suggests.


Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring me Janet.

Unknown said...

thanks for hosting me Janet.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Kathy, you and Janet Ann are quite the team. You probably know this but kids with dyslexia usually learn fast through movement. Thus, I'm recommending your book and program for the parents of dysleics. (It's in my family.)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Extending the promotional value of your book reviews at

Janet Ann Collins said...

Carolyn, two of my foster kids were dyslexic and I've worked with lots of kids like that in schools. If I were still involved with dyslexic kids I'd certainly use Kathy's ideas.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to learn. I still remember my 7 continents by singing a song & doing hand & body movements. I've got to run through it in my head whenever I'm trying to recall them, but after I learned the song, I never forgot again.
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled
Coming this winter "Klutzy Kantor" picture book

Kristi's Book Nook said...

Good job Kathy.

Katie Hines said...

I've read of your book before, but this is a nice, succinct version of it. I lOVE the idea!

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting and recommending my book Carolyn.

I'd like to hear that continent song Jessica.

Thanks for the support Kristie and Katie.

God bless everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

Marvin D Wilson said...

These sound like wonderful teaching aids for children. Using movement is so natural for kids - great idea! I'll look forward to part two, also. :)

The Old Silly