EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--No one child is alike, and no one child learns alike. But whether a kid is a hands-on learner, a visual learner, or an auditory learner research shows kids actually use all three senses to learn.
Brain-based learning is a theory that focuses on how the brain learns. “The key is that the mind and body stay integrated,” said holly Fentress, Researcher and founder of Brainthoven.
4-year-old Bennett Stilp and his twin brother Brock look like they're playing a game but with each step the boys are developing something more important, what it means to learn.
Fentress says in order for a brain to learn information it has to find a meaning in the subject.
"If you don’t form meaning you won’t store it long term and if you don't store it long term. Tomorrow, when you go to math you don't have the memory," Fentress said.
Fentress' research focuses on a theory that everyone has a learning style and profile; meaning you understand things better by seeing it, hearing it, or touching it. It’s through those senses that Fentress says your brain learns.
“If you don't hit the learning style the brain has a harder time making those neurological connections,” Fentress said.
Fentress uses a series of exercises and music to help the brain make those connections.
“(on music) It hits all the learning styles auditory, visual, and kinesthetic in one motion so regardless of whether they’re a single processor or a dual processor it helps you find meaning,” Fentress said.
She says the more networks the brain has, the better the brain can learn.
For Bennett and Brock Stilp the exercise helps with motor skills.
"My boys were born premature so we've always been aware of their development,” said Rachael Stilp
Stilp says their goal is for Bennett and Brock to have a strong learning foundation as preschoolers to learn in the future.
There will be classes on Fentress’s learning curriculum at Morgan Music starting the week of October 29th.