Intuitive Learning Lecture Outline for K-8

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Introduction to Intuitive Learning contrasted with other methods and educational philosophies:

  • History of Intuitive Learning as taken from ancient tried and true methodologies
  • Unique combination of methodologies
  • Looping
  • Thematic block scheduling
  • Child-centered
  • Natural learning environments
  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Good hydration
  • Brain-based learning
  • Teaching to the multiple intelligences – twelve senses
  • A new psychology of the human
  • Creative arts focus
  • Performance oriented
  • Arts enhanced
  • Music as a powerful educational tool
  • Play-based kindergarten
  • Timed to the seasons
  • Multi-cultural
  • Multi-language fluency
  • Character development
  • Early intellectualism versus developmentally appropriate

The rhythm of the day:

  • Greeting at the door
  • Bell-work
  • Circle activities-brain-based kinesthetic activities
  • The whole body as learner
  • The need for strong rhythm as healthy breathing
  • How to select teaching materials

Classroom environment and the role of the teacher:

  • Dress
  • Speech, gesture, tone, mood
  • Natural substances in the classroom
  • The teacher brings the “whole world” to the child to takes them out to it (field trips)
  • Loving authority
  • Modulating tone of instruction
  • Creating a mood in the classroom

The approach to academics:

  • A balance of arts and academics
  • Art enhances academic performance
  • Learning is experience-based modeling
  • Students model the learning of the teacher
  • From the whole to the parts in all lessons
  • Developing capacities for learning and not just memorizing
  • Mind-mapping as a natural way to remember
  • Storytelling, retelling, reciting
  • Daily assessment and feedback through oral recitation, mental math, retelling and performance
  • Hands, Heart, Head – the order of instruction

The importance of handwork and art according to brain research:

  • Research on enhanced neurological activity stimulated by handwork
  • Math, reading, geometry and spatial relationships developed by handwork
  • Educational kinesiology and the development of muscles as learning centers
  • The triune brain theory
  • Connecting the left and right sides of the brain for optimal learning
  • Art as a force that enhances the affective domain
  • Connecting thinking, feeling and willing with art

Singing and music in the curriculum:

  • Why singing strengthens academics
  • Modern research on music’s ability to enhance academics
  • Sing throughout the day
  • Pentatonic scales, rounds, four part harmony

Blackboard drawing, illustrating, and painting:

  • Research that backs up art as academic enhancement
  • Why should the teacher use the blackboard
  • Creating main lesson books from blank books
  • Border designs and page layout
  • The Main Lesson book as a textbook
  • Why does color enhance memory

Form Drawing as a subject:

  • Form Drawing as basic geometry
  • Writing as form drawing
  • Ribbon forms and their use
  • Use of symbols as art

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