Seven Ways to Keep Your Kids Brain Fit

Mind Over Body Exercising your body is one thing and your mind is another. It’s important that your kid’s brain gets a good workout, so that it can function at an optimal level. In this blog, you’ll be able to pick up a few ways that you can keep your kid’s brain healthy. Kids of the age group five to 12 tend to be very active and alert; you can use their hyperactivity as an advantage to keep their minds in good shape.   The Steps to a Fit Brain Here are seven ways you can try to keep your … Continue reading

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Early Learning – A Step to Success

In our last newsletter, we discussed early learning and how it’s beneficial for kids to start as early as possible. This week we’re looking deeper into early childhood education. The Facts According to the Chicago Longitudinal Study that was conducted by the University of Minnesota, kids who attended an early childhood education program were 29% more likely to graduate high school than those who did not attend one. Kids are most impressionable during the first eight years of their life; their minds are like a sponge that absorb information at a rapid pace. It is also the time when kids … Continue reading

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Attention Span is the Key to Effective Learning

Concentration is Crucial A child’s attention span is a very important factor in the learning process. The amount of time a child spends listening and understanding the teacher affects how much he or she has taken from the lesson. Hyperactivity is one of the biggest enemies of good concentration the other is the environment. If a child is not in the mood for studying, he or she will sit idly and daydream or talk and disrupt the rest of the class. A short attention span has little to do with your child and more to do with their surroundings. A … Continue reading

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Eat Healthy for the Best Growth

It’s Called Junk Food for a Reason Kids love junk food; it’s quick, easy, and it’s tasty. But are they benefiting from it? The answer is no. Eating fresh and healthy food gives children the energy they need to complete a long and tiring day. It also helps sharpen their mind and hence keeps them both physically and mentally fit. With obesity levels on the rise, you really need to monitor what your kids are eating. We have a few tips on how you could make your kids eat those greens that are so essential for their growth. Developing Healthy … Continue reading

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ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Simi Valley, CA

Parent Testimonial Following is an ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received. Ananya MuppiralaParents – Geeta Lakshmi Peri & Kiran Kuma MuppiralaSimi Valley, California - Nagaraj Raji, owner ALOHA helped my child understand mathematics in a simple and effective way. Her confidence has increased and I also see that her academics in school have improved a great deal. The teachers are very cooperative and my daughter really enjoys ALOHA. She solves problems in fractions of seconds. I … Continue reading

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Program Can Help Primary Grade Students with Math

ALOHA Mind Math programs can help children in Kindergarten through Third Grade with basic math concepts and skills that they may missed in school, such as counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and money.

EDISON, NJ, February 28, 2014 – ALOHA Mind Math offers an answer to parents and teachers who are frustrated with their underachieving children in primary grades.

Once children are eight or nine years old they have learned a significant amount of math concepts. For example, children may grasp the early learning math concepts of counting to 10 or 100, but might not have learned other counting skills. Sometimes concepts are missed and it is not until a child begins learning higher math concepts that a misstep is noticed.

For example, an eight year-old may be able to count to 1000, count by 10’s and 100s, but may11681285_l be unable to count by two’s. This can affect everything from simple to complex math problems to fractions, measuring and money.

What can be done? When a parent notices that their child has challenges seek professional help immediately. This way the child can begin learning the basic math concepts and skills and move forward with their education. In the long run this will build the child’s confidence to handle routine daily math. Some of these skills may include, figuring out which grocery item is the best buy, count change correctly, and measure ingredients correctly when cooking and baking. Parents can start keeping track of the daily habits which involve math to make it a realization for the child of the importance to practice and learn the real implication of using math daily.

Everything an adult does involves some form of counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. This small observation is one that children can establish a solid foundation in education, build a brighter future, and affect every aspect of their entire life.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years old through 12 years old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading program, math program, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit our locations

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Top 5 Warning Signs a Child is Struggling in School and Needs Help

ALOHA Mind Math’s top 5 warning signs indicate a child’s learning could be suffering. It is important for parents to act quickly upon these signs.

EDISON, NJ, February 20, 2014 – According to ALOHA Mind Math, report cards are not thestruggling in school only signs a child needs help in school. Throughout the school year look for subtle and obvious signals that can indicate their learning is suffering and they are struggling in school.

1. Is the child’s morning routine draining for parents and/or the family?

If there is a drastic attitude or energy change then it is likely that something is wrong.

2. Has the child’s interest in school changed?

If the child used to enjoy school and suddenly turned to dislike a particular subject, teacher, or school overall, then this is another strong indicator that they are struggling or having some type of difficulties in school.

3. Has the frequency and amount of homework lessened?

Rarely do teachers not require daily homework, projects, or tests.  In the early years of education children had less homework, but skills increase with each grade, which can be a difficult concept for some children to grasp.

4. Is their school work performance degrading or unknown?

Since the curriculum compounds upon each lesson or grade level, if a child does not understand or can apply the basic concepts then they will struggle. Or, if they grasp the basics but as each unit or grade level progresses so do the curriculum and requirements.

5. Does the child not want to talk about school and become irritated when doing assignments?

There could be several reasons. The child could be bullied or uncomfortable in social settings. The loss of interest could come from not being challenged enough in the classroom. Or, it could that the child has difficulty focusing.

Children need continuous enrichment and encouragement to stimulate their mind. Below are five strategies for dealing with such challenges.

Be Proactive.

  1. Keep them on a regular sleep schedule. Together select clothes and plan breakfast the night before. Sometimes this is all that is necessary. If not, discuss what is bothering them.

  2. If their attitude or energy around school dramatically changes then look into it. Call the teacher.

  3. Instead of waiting for the report cards to put the writing on the wall, regularly review homework and projects together.

  4. If the child comes home without, or little homework, call their teachers to double check. Daily check assignments on the school’s website.

  5. Gently discuss their struggles with the teacher, subjects, homework, or classmates. If the child excels and is bored with school find an educational program to enrich and expand upon their creativity or academic excellence. If the child has focus issues consult the school.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years-old through 12 years-old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading program, math program, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit www.alohamindmath.com/locations.

 

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Writing doesn’t have to be a Struggle

One of ALOHA Mind Math’s reading and writing students reflects on her struggles with reading and writing and, in turn, is awarded for her writing twice after receiving assistance.

Reading and writing are the heart of daily communication. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reports that high-achieving second grade students will see an average of 18,681 words near the end of the school year, versus struggling readers who will only read 9,975 words. Unless students catch up, each year their academic learning will slow, which could eventually lead to dropping out of high school due to their continued lack of success.

In fourth grade Vaishnavi Kota, came to the ALOHA learning center in Irvine, California, frustrated

Poetry winner Vaishnavi & mom Rohini Kota

with her essay writing results, despite her efforts to make A’s. Her ideas were plentiful, but the challenge for the nine year-old was expressing those ideas. She eventually lost interest and became unmotivated. Her parents were worrisome. Her mother, Rohini, enrolled her in the ALOHA Reading and Writing program at the Irvine location hoping to see some improvement.

After a year of continuous work with ALOHA instructors, Kota’s grades soared from below average C’s to superior A pluses.

“Vaishnavi feels really proud of herself. I see firsthand how ALOHA made a big difference in her confidence, motivation, vocabulary, and writing style. We are thrilled with her transformational achievements and happy we chose ALOHA for her,” said her mother with a smile.

The following year, a poem Vaishnavi penned in the Irvine Police Department’s DARE school program poem competition won her two awards, one by the police department and another selected the best poem among all fifth grades in her school.

“We all are really happy with her success,” said Frany Shah, Director of the ALOHA Irvine Center in Irvine, California.

At ALOHA Mind Math, children in first grade through fifth grade learn curriculum specific to their grade level, state and school district requirements. A sample of their curriculum per grade can be viewed at http://alohamindmath.com/program/reading-writing. Students are assessed before entering a program. In their reading, writing, and language arts programs they begin working with students’ current knowledge and skill level first before introducing advanced curriculum. Their structured program is so motivating that it stimulates and develops a passion for reading and writing.

 

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ALOHA Learning Methods Stay Up-to-Date

Future Generations Will Benefit from Education Changes, Says Google Chairman: ALOHA Mind Math Recognizes the Education Reforms, their Learning Methods Stay Up-to-Date

ALOHA Mind Math recognizes that the education system is in a transition. ALOHA Mind Math programs adjust for educational changes.

ALOHA Mind Math recognizes that the education system is in a transition. Curriculum nationwide is changing via the Common Core Standards. In time the concept of the new guidelines will enable consistency nationwide, even if a student moves to another school district or even out of state.

School classrooms adopted technology early on of the internet age in the 1990s, adding a few computers in classrooms and in libraries. But in a technological world, the basics need to be taught, and using different methods than most adults learned.

In an MSNBC interview at the Education Nation Student Town Hall, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, replied when a student asked about boredom between computers and school work, “There are many choices to learn. Maybe the best way to learn is not to sit there for eight hours bored. Maybe do a little lesson, a little question, talk to your friends, learn some more, do another lesson and so forth. The issue is going to be how does teaching change? What do the measurements say?”

No doubt most adults can recall instances when they were not challenged in school, or wished they could learn in another manner.

“When I was in school I was required to memorize the names of the 50 counties in Virginia. I remember how painful that was. Hopefully we’re taking the routine, the repetitive, and replacing it by creative, challenging and entertaining work,” said Schmidt.

Teachers at ALOHA Mind Math place an importance on making learning fun and challenging for their students. Each center teaches students to use both sides of their brain, enhance their creative thinking, collaboration, critical thinking, memory, and problem solving skills.

Each child is unique, which is why they tailor programs based upon their skill level and help them improve. This is the core of the ALOHA Mind Math curriculum.

Children, ages 5 years old through 12 years old, in our programs learn special techniques which enable them to remember details, concepts, lists, technical information, even solve complex math problems. Between fourth and sixth grade the amount of new knowledge and homework demands can be overwhelming for some.  Junior high students often have difficulties transferring to the increased intensity on higher level learning. Through ALOHA Mind Math and Language Arts programs students are able to deal with these pressures and challenges, actively participate in group projects and class, and perform well on tests, including essay tests. Overall students enjoy school, learning, and be the best they can be in all academic areas.

Parents see the value of ALOHA Mind Math’s philosophy, systems, and programs because they see the positive results in their child’s achievements and success in the center and at school.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years old through 12 years old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self-confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading, math, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you; visit http://www.alohamindmath.com.

ALOHA Kids Gain Confidence

con·fi·dence (ˈkän-fə-dence) – having or showing assurance and self-reliance Children have a very short span of attention and are often easily distracted. Boredom can take over, followed by low self-esteem and lack of confidence, if children are not given opportunities to succeed and be challenged. To build confidence within children here are a few options for parents. Understand your child’s disappointments. Reading and math intimidates many children. With proper techniques and guidance their confidence will soar. Capitalize on your child’s academic strengths. Start where they are most comfortable and perform with ease. Create activities your child enjoys and excels. Involve your child in … Continue reading

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