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What is Boost Up?
Boost Up is a program that is intended to help develop readiness skills for learning. In the early elementary grades, these skills are both large motor (walking, running, skipping, handling larger objects, etc.) and fine motor (writing, tracing, handling small objects, etc.). In the higher grades, the focus is on enhancing attention span, improving listening, language, visual, hand-eye coordination, and other fundamental skills. Boost Up is a program that focuses on fine and gross motor activities used to help stimulate the brain stem for learning. It involves physical activities, classroom activities, and playground activities. How does it work?
Boost Up focuses on the building of strength in the brain stem. This is where readiness skills develop. One example of this would be the ability of the eyes to converge (focus) on one image. Development of this unconscious skill lead to a child no longer skipping words when reading. What does it involve?
Boost Up involves having the children participate in fun, motivational activities. Spinning, jump roping, hand-eye coordination games, flip flops, balancing, and rhythmic sequences are just a few of the activities held in the gym. Drink lots of water!!! It "wakes up" the brain!!! The brain stem is "fired up" during Boost Up. Thus, these activities can help to change the rate of academic growth by making learning more productive. These findings are based on over 20 years of brain research. Click here to see some of the examples of the Boost Up Activities!!!
AVE (Audio-Visual Entrainment) is another piece of Boost-Up that brings GBR from a SMART school to a SMARTER school. AVE is basically a program of light and sound-light pulsates through goggles while classical music, as well as rhythmic beats or tones are heard through headsets. These 20 minute sessions assist the brain to obtain useful patterns and operate more efficiently. AVE is beneficial for people who are inattentive, impulsive (AD/HD), behaviorally challenged, have specific learning disabilities, or other issues such as sleep problems, teeth grinding, chronic pain, headaches, or migraines. Only students with parent permission, upon teacher recommendation, will be allowed to use AVE.