This year's Light a Legacy will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Das Lach Haus. This semi-formal event enables the Cumberland Educational Foundation to fund Legacy Grants for innovative or challenging ideas to promote excellence in our schools. If you would like to attend, please contact Melissa Weaver at 715-822-5124.
2016 Grant Award Winner
Brain Based Learning Grant-submitted by Gina Grewe. The objective of the Brain Based Learning Grant is to incorporate more brain-based and motor-movement activities into our elementary classrooms. By providing our students with these multi-sensory and child-friendly tasks they will be able to develop the readiness skills necessary for academic success in reading, writing, and listening.
- Phase 1: Phase 1 will consist of overview training for elementary staff to learn more about brain-based learning. This phase will consist of a program called S.M.A.R.T. (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training). This movement-based approach to learning allows students to develop physiological and neurological readiness in the brain by activating the brain stem. This research-based system establishes solid brain and body connections creating higher academic success for students of all abilities. S.M.A.R.T. Centers: Balance and Vestibular Activities, Gross Motor Activities, Fine Motor Activities, Auditory Activities, Vision Activities, and Instructional Activities.
- Phase 2: Purchase materials to enhance and implement brain-based movement activities for elementary students.
- Phase 3: Continue to explore and learn more methods and programs that support brain-based learning in the elementary classroom. Additional training, speakers, or supplies to enhance learning for the greatest number of elementary students.
Young brains need movement to grow and develop. The focus of this year’s education foundation grant is to expand the use of movement in our school. By strengthening the body and brain connection we can enhance learning for all of our children. Students are enjoying the new sensory room while developing eye-hand coordination, visual tracking and vestibular coordination.
Who new brain building could be so much fun?
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