Studies show that students engaged in regular physical activity have improved academic performance, reduced rates of obesity and fewer disciplinary problems.(2) They also show better retention of new concepts when materials are presented through direct, multi-sensory instruction. (3) We also found that most recommendations for introducing healthy habits focus on young children and addressing their interest. (1)
Reading is the foundation for all learning and the main focus of early elementary curriculums. Studies show that students in Grades K-2 and older remedial readers all benefit from being taught how to use letter sounds and spelling patterns to decode words. It is recommended that Explicit, Systematic phonetic instruction be included in all basic reading programs. (4)
Sound Off! was designed with the aforementioned facts in mind. Skill specific cross-lateral and whole body movements are combined with phonetic instruction. We took 63 phonetic skills and assigned each its own movement. Each skill/movement is then introduced using traditional phonetic reinforcement activities which are already being utilized in classrooms across the country (see examples). We topped it off by integrating the learning activities into a kid friendly theme which keeps students focused and motivated to learning. Sound Off! gets children excited about physically activity and learning at a very early age.
(1) Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011. 2012
(2) PE for Life. 2007. http://www.pe4life.org/sub/Results/index.cfm
(3) Subban, Pearl. Differentiated Instruction: A research basis. International Education Journal. 2006; 7(7), 935-937
(4) National Reading Panel. Report of National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read. NICHD. 2012