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Ideal Approach to Teaching Reading Discussed In Latest Blog Post on Ultimate Vocabulary


New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2015

The Reading Wars have been raging for years, eReflect’s editor notes in a new blog post. Some teachers and pedagogy experts assert teaching reading through the phonics approach is a foolproof, time-efficient technique. Others argue in favor of the whole-language learning approach. Ultimate Vocabulary™ and eReflect revisit the decades-long debate in a new blog post, concluding that the ideal course of action is a hybrid approach to teaching reading.

The editor of the vocabulary builder software blog presents the contrasting approaches, discussing the benefits and limitations of the phonics and whole language methods in an effort to provide a balanced overview of both. The editor’s goal is to help teachers find a robust approach to teaching reading.

The phonics approach is grounded on the accurate use of pronunciation, spelling, and word usage, as opposed to relying on context to make sense of what is being read. The phonics approach largely rests on the explicit teaching of spelling and phonological rules so that learners have a knowledge pool from which to draw when they’re reading new words, or reading at a level above their present skill.

This approach gives no focus on context, the Ultimate Vocabulary™ editor explains. It expects the reader to draw on existing knowledge and linguistic information to accurately read and interpret text.

On the other hand, the whole language approach is more relaxed when it comes to spelling and pronunciation rules. This method puts more emphasis on context and word usage as the tool for making out a sentence’s meaning. Phonics are still taught in this approach, but they’re not the alpha and the omega, the Ultimate Vocabulary™ editor says, noting that there is a distinction between the two.

“While phonics give students a strategy and repertoire for phonetically figuring out new words they encounter, the whole-language approach equips them with a much more necessary skill: that of deciphering meaning through context.”

eReflect and Ultimate Vocabulary™, a cloud based program that offers learners power vocabulary through fun and expert-designed activities, believe that a balanced approach to teaching reading should be in place in all schools. Focusing on just one of the two will mean preventing children from making use of the whole repertoire of tools and strategies learners should have at their disposal.

To improve vocabulary doesn’t mean engaging in a single exercise or technique. To improve vocabulary quickly and efficiently, eReflect emphasizes the importance of a blended approach that uses the strengths of each method.

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For more information on how you can benefit from Ultimate Vocabulary, please visit its official website, http://www.ultimatevocabulary.com.

About Ultimate Vocabulary™

Ultimate Vocabulary provides a proven and powerful platform, built to improve anyone’s vocabulary.

The interactive self-improvement system provides more learning tools than any other program on the market, as well as more information on words.

The Ultimate Vocabulary software provides each and every user with a personal computer tutor. Providing a step-by-step guide to learning a powerful vocabulary, Ultimate Vocabulary is the learning tool everyone can benefit from.

Of course, the software is also backed by eReflect’s iron-clad money back guarantee.







Hawaii Conference on Brain Based Approach to Education and Lifestyle this Weekend


Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii will host a Brain Education Conference Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Presented in conjunction with International Brain Education Association (IBREA) and Power Brain Education (PBE) the event is offered as they “envision a world where each individual reaches their full potential through greater understanding and proper use of their brain.” The conference is from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m., (with additional Expo time before and after the conference).

Ulalia Woodside will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the conference which will feature Keynote Speaker, David Beal, Program Director and Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education, who will speak on Brain Education and facilitate the Brain Education experience.

Guest Speakers, Isabel Pastor, Program Manager at IBREA, will share Brain Education successes and results from around the world, and Dr. James R. Westphal, M.D, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Psychiatry Chief of the Adult Mental Health Division, Department of Health, State of Hawaii will offer insight.

The event’s brain-based forum will offer a first-hand experience of Brain Education activities and exercises, as taught by creator and founder, Ilchi Lee and encourages attendees to change the way they see their lives. With a goal of increasing connections between school and community, the conference will demonstrate the connection between Brain Education and the five pillars of a Sustainable Society, namely; Schools, Family and Character Building, Mental Health, Workplace Wellness/Health, and Nutrition. Simple and effective actions for mindful living and creating a sustainable society will be shared throughout the event.

IBREA has begun fundraising to assist Hawaii communities in locating a school for the Brain Education pilot project. In conjunction with Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii, the BE program has been implemented in after school classes and summer programs in elementary through middle schools for both public and private institutions in Hawaii. Brain Education Program Director, Dave Beal explains, “We teach a combination of mind-body physical activity, mindfulness training and neuroplasticity exercises designed to help teachers improve student focus, creativity, confidence and emotional wellness.”

The Brain Education Conference will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 12:30-4pm at the Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. Tickets are $ 20 and each includes one free guest attendance.

For people interested in an in depth experience of Brain Education, a special Brain Education Workshop will be held on Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 9am – 5pm at the Honolulu Body & Brain Center, 401 Kamakee Street #317 HNL HI 96814. The cost is $ 195 per person with a group discount for two or more attendees($ 150 per person).

For more information please visit http://www.hawaiibraineducation.com or contact Nobuko Todd at 808-842-5172 or honolulu(at)bodynbrain(dot)com.

About Conference Sponsors:

A leader in health and wellness, Body & Brain Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. offers classes and programs, including yoga and tai chi, based on mind-body practices originating in Korea. These classes and programs incorporate the holistic system known as Brain Education, teaching simple yet powerful tools to maximize the body’s natural healing capacity and help individuals and communities develop healthier lifestyles.

The International Brain Education Association, IBREA, is a 501(c)3 organization associated with the United Nations DPI, whose mission is to educate individuals, communities, and nations to realize the potential of the human brain to bring health, happiness, and peace is being realized in places like El Salvador, Liberia and the Philippines.

Founded in 2006, Power Brain Education offers a comprehensive, hands-on approach to helping individuals manifest their optimal human potential by integrating the physical, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of the self through effective management and use of the brain. Power Brain Education has trained more than 10,000 teachers and 30,000 students in over 350 schools nationwide.







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ACTIVATE’s Unique Approach to ADHD Therapy Corroborated by Recent Studies


New Haven, Connecticut (PRWEB) November 04, 2014

A new study from Michigan State University concludes that 30 minutes of exercise each morning can dramatically improve ADHD symptoms in children. The study corroborates the physical exercise portion of C8 Sciences’ ACTIVATE™ program and provides invaluable clues as to the proper path forward in ADHD therapy.

C8 Sciences and independent ADHD therapy researchers have long suspected a link between physical exercise and cognitive health. The MSU study confirms that symptoms such as inattentiveness, mood swings, and poor social skills can be improved with just 30 minutes of physical activity each morning before school. The study took place over a 12-week period and examined 200 elementary-school students, some of whom showed signs of ADHD and some of whom did not.

The findings were decisive. All participants in the physical exercise program showed improvement, but the benefits were especially marked in those with symptoms of ADHD. Researchers were quick to point out that more studies would be needed for further clarification, but the early evidence points to an important link between exercise and beneficial impact.

Cognitive training programs like ACTIVATE™ incorporate physical exercise as part of a balanced, thorough approach to ADHD therapy. ACTIVATE™’s physical activity program was designed by Dr. Jinxia Dong, whose expertise comes both from her years as a Chinese national gymnast and her research work at Peking University. The programs are designed to increase neuroplasticity and improve cognitive skills using a different set of tools from the computer-based ACTIVATE™ software.

In both anecdotal evidence from users of ACTIVATE™ and independent ADHD studies, the results have been overwhelming. Recent research from the University of Illinois demonstrated a causal relationship between physical activity and improved executive control. The development of executive function in children with ADHD often lags behind their peers, contributing to a lack of self-control, increased distractibility, and poorer cognitive flexibility.

Programs such as ACTIVATE™ hone in on physical activity as an important part of reducing ADHD symptoms in children. Though computer-based training, medication, and social therapies can all do wonders when it comes to improving neuroplasticity, exercise is a crucial step in the process. Not only does it benefit a child’s overall health, it can be of exceptional benefit in taming distraction.

ACTIVATE™’s physical activity program remains the standard by which similar programs are judged. Developed with guidance from physical education teachers and experts, the program focuses on a variety of exciting and challenging skills that start simple before growing more complex. Over 100 different activities and exercises are included, all of which aim to improve social intelligence, emphasize cooperation, and reduce ADHD symptoms in children.

At a time when more than 10 percent of American children are diagnosed with ADHD and schools nationwide are underemphasizing physical education, programs like ACTIVATE™ are more important than ever. ACTIVATE™ is not intended as a substitute for proper medication, but rather as an adjunctive therapy that can enhance an ADHD student’s ability to learn, thrive, and function. As more evidence comes to light, researchers at C8 Sciences vow to incorporate the latest findings into their approach to ADHD therapy.