Do you have a Fidgety Child or an Active Intellect?  These children learn best when their hands and eyes are mildly entertained.

At the beginning of Volume I, students are given coins to move around while they listen to the teacher read aloud. This approach works great for visual, tactile, and kinesthetic learners because they use their hands, eyes, and ears to soak up the information.

There is also a verbal game for students to play during the early lessons.  It does not require pencils or paper; it is just a fun verbal game to play any time of the day, whether you are cooking, folding clothes, or on vacation.

Please read the article below to learn why your fidgety child is an Active Intellect.

Unlock Your Fidgety Childs Ability to Learn and Focus

By JK Mergens

Teaching is hard enough, but when you have a child who has a hard time focusing, it can seem impossible.  I'm talking about the type of child who has the uncontrollable need to fidget with something at all times.  He is easily distracted by the slightest sound or movement.  She may ask irrelevant questions or blurt out stories and random thoughts.  Teaching children like this can really try your patience, but I have found a way to succeed.

​    I homeschooled our son until he started college at age 16, but mentally, I wasn't done homeschooling!  So, I wrote a series of math books to show how I taught my son, and I began tutoring kids who were struggling in math.  Of all the kids I tutored, there were two who struck me as oddly similar.  Just looking at them, you couldn't see any similarities, but they were identical when it came to learning.

They were both intelligent, but neither one of them knew it.  They both had the ability to learn, but they were so easily distracted that they had a hard time concentrating.  They both paid so much attention to every detail that even the slightest change in scenery would bring about a whole host of questions.  They would ask questions about every foreign object.  Every sound would need an explanation.  For them, holding still and listening was as difficult as learning math.

These two kids wanted to learn, but it was as if there was something constantly pulling away their attention.  Imagine yourself having a conversation with the most boring person you've ever met.  You are looking at the person, and you can hear him, but you are actually paying more attention to the interesting conversation going on behind you.  You have the ability to follow this conversation, but your attention is being diverted to the other conversation.  That's how these two kids seemed to me.  ​  I couldn't hold their attention long enough to get through a whole lesson.  There was always something else in the room that got their attention before I could.

One day, my husband overheard us, and he bluntly told me, "You need to discipline those kids.  They need to sit still, stop playing with stuff, and pay attention." I agreed with him, but when I tried to be stern with the boy and make him sit still and pay attention, it was as if he started to melt.  In fact, he almost fell asleep.  I could actually see his eyes rolling back as he slowly blinked.  That wasn't working for me.

The next day, the boy discovered a little piece of foam, some leftover packaging material.  This piece of foam immediately became his main focus.  He picked it up and fidgeted with it while I tried to get through a few math problems.  However, his fidgeting quickly developed into throwing the piece of foam and catching it as it banked off the couch.

​     I started to get agitated with his behavior, so I reached out to take away the piece of foam.  Just then I stopped, and instead, I said, "Throw it here."  He quickly threw the foam at me, and I asked him, "What is seven plus seven?" And I threw it back to him.
He thought for a moment, then answered, "Fourteen," and threw it back.  I asked him another math question, and the game of catch continued.

At that moment, I had a breakthrough.  I realized if the part of his brain that is curious and fidgety is mildly entertained, then the intellectual side of his brain is ready to receive knowledge.

About that time, my husband walked by again.  He couldn't believe we were playing catch when we were supposed to be learning math.  He was appalled that I was letting the student get away with that kind of behavior.  But then he stopped and listened.  My husband heard the boy solving math problem after math problem with enthusiasm, and he was amazed!

We couldn't believe it.  Once the child's hands and eyes were occupied, I was left with an intelligent brain waiting for information.  He was a very smart boy, but when told to sit still and listen, he almost had an internal meltdown.  He didn't seem to have an "off button" for his curious fidgety side, so trying to suppress that behavior would become his main focus.  He couldn't receive new information because, on the inside, he was in the middle of a war.​

I tried this same technique with the young girl.  When she showed up for the class the next day, she quickly spotted a Mr. Potato Head Box in the corner of the room.  This became her main focus.  She was not going to be able to listen to me until she had a chance to play with Mr. Potato Head, so I let her spill out all the pieces.

As she plugged in the different eyes and ears, I used that opportunity to explain the slope formula to her. If you aren't familiar with the slope formula, it looks extremely complicated and confuses a lot of people, but I have a very simple method for teaching it. Within minutes, she had learned the slope formula and said, "That was easy."  Throughout the instruction, she was building a Mr. Potato Head face.

Often, these kids are told they have a learning disability, such as ADD or ADHD, and maybe they do, but I say they are extremely observant people with a unique learning style that has the potential to make them highly successful.  I would like to see this learning style get a new name because when you give a young person a label that ends with the word "disorder" or "disability," it can destroy a child's self-esteem.  I prefer the term "Active Intellects."

I hope this helps you understand that you are teaching a wise, energetic person who is fully capable of learning.  Embrace your child's gift.  Realize that he has the ability to multitask.  Recognize that once his hands and eyes are mildly entertained, his brain is a sponge waiting to soak up knowledge.
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.  ~Proverbs 18:15