Teaching and improving reading, writing, and math skills via cross brain training in art and poetry. Increases critical thinking through creativity development. Math and poetry bring the concrete into the abstract to produce thought. Basic Mission of "The Reading Xpress With OK Reading"
O l are the key shapes in OK reading instruction which enable "easy-learn." Matheteuo (Greek) "to learn from root word math--thought accompanied by endeavor." While math and calculation functions occur in the cortex of the brain, sensory-motor signals connect and message via electric signals O l throughout all organs and cells of the body.
Drawing begins with a l, line, as do geometry and morality. O l shapes are basic for drawing. Art as VISUALISATION in a quiet place allows your imagination to soar. You can control your thoughts, emotions and sensations (including pain) with "selective awareness." Key to brain plasticity.
O l are key to mathematics which is a foundational tool in a variety of human
endeavors, including science, finance, engineering, and the social sciences from Galileo and Newton to baseball.
As on/off electric charges in the brain they symbolize the successful sending of a chemical message. You can go from the randomness of confusion as you gain the skills of seeing how a variety of problems can be solved as you sharpen your wits in ways never thought possible. The digital language of computers is like that of electricity and your own body. Relax and learn or teach with the "Digital Kids" Mark and Markie while learning letters the O l easy way.
Barbara Madigan Elwood, author
Author of “The Reading Xpress With OK Reading” - Retired teacher, Speech Pathologist, and Tutor.
Attended University of Denver, Mills College, University of Colorado – BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Utah State University- MS in Creative Communications
"I have always been passionate about the learning process and the arts as a venue for kids struggling to learn. When I first came upon the realization that the arts – theater, music, poetry and drawing—were great tools to spark the interest, imagination and latent talents in children with various types of disabilities, I encouraged platforms for which they could share them to gain positive recognition such as talent shows in public schools and performances for military hospitals. I realised what a profound effect this participatory approach bears on the social and intellectual development of children. I worked in Colorado both in public schools for three years and privately. I served a stint in Alaska as a speech pathologist for a U.S. Naval base and publc schools.
As a Denver, Colorado native I grew up with mentors and friends who were literature teachers and actors. These folks were instrumental in delivering the idea of arts in teaching to new levels by developing a pilot program in Los Angeles using a professional actress- storyteller to supplement the curriculum. This was highly successful for creating interest and enthusiasm. The documented research in this endeaver resulted in my master’s thesis for further applications of the idea in Utah Public Schools. Most recently a storyteller was incorporated into Collegeview Denver Public School. Further studies led me to promote the use of Reading Buddy Dogs as companion listeners. This preceded a reading theater dog in Los Angeles."
John Pinon has worked directly with both mentally and physically challenged kids with a wide range of disabilities for 13 years. He is a bilingual individual whose love of cats and kids led him to write, memorize, and recite "Can't Find My Anniecat". He is delighted to find a venue here where, through poetry, he can not only help those having difficulty with the 3 R's by retraining, restoring, and regenerating mental capacities and failing memory, but also help develop personal potential to the fullest. At present he is a hair designer and barber in the prestigious Cherry Creek area in Denver, Colorado.
Sarah Baires dubbed by professionals as "Olive Oil" is a Denver native who loves to help all the people and animals she can - children and elderly alike. She is a lovely, lively example of exuding good energy for people in her demonstrations. She shows the steps to successful cross-brain training through specific movements. Her interests began when she attended Jefferson High School in Lakewood, CO where she was a volunteer aid in Special Education classes. There she learned to sign and gained an appreciation of the importance of body language. She owned a cleaning company for five years and now is employed through an agency where she can accomplish her goal of "spreading good energy fields."
Robin Eagle is a volunteer for the Denver Public Library at Ross University Hill branch. She redesigned the original website for better organization and retrieval of information.